Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Last Day at Gulf State Park and Blue Dolphin Cruises

Our 2 weeks in Gulf Shores was quickly coming to an end. Our first week here was warm and beautiful, allowing us to take long walks on the beach and throughout the campground. This campground has miles of trails to walk, bike and explore. Hiking Biking Trail About half way through our stay the weather changed to something probably a bit more seasonable. WIND. Major whipping wind. All day. All night. For days. The first morning we awakened to the howling, I looked out the window and here is what our new tablecloth looked like :)IMGP1980
Needless to say, it put a damper on our exploring. At least on foot :)
We used the inside time to do a little cleaning and catch up on some reading. We both had gotten Kindle’s for Christmas this past year and they can become pretty addictive. I originally thought they’d be expensive continually buying books, but we’ve probably spent less than $20 so far. There are so many good, free books out there that it’s become a non-issue. There is always something we enjoy available to read and usually for free.
When Monday rolled around, we hoped the winds would subside because we had reservations to cruise on the Blue Dolphin. The Blue Dolphin is Pontoon Tour Boat. IMGP1981 IMGP1985 It cruises around Perdido Bay and around the beautiful homes on Ono Bay in search of dolphins :) We saw several dolphins during our tour but, I’m afraid, they are much faster than my trigger finger. I wasn’t able to photograph many, but I did get a few glimpses :)
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As we were on the dolphin search, Captain Dan pointed out several homes on Ono Bay that had been owned by celebrities in the past. Ono Island has been the home to many celebrities including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tom Selleck, Jimmy Buffet, Brittany Spears, Woody Harrelson and Kenny Stabler. Most of them have sold and moved on. Reba McIntyre is a current resident.
This home was the first home built on Ono Island and it’s owner lived here for 5 years until the paparazzi figured it out.
It was Farah Fawcett.
We enjoyed our Blue Dolphin Tour and were grateful the wind had subsided to a tolerable level. This was our last full day here. Tuesday morning we move to Fort Pickens @ Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida.
More on that in the next post.


  1. Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    Travel Safe
    Dawn and Denise

  2. Wow, the wind did a number on the tablecloth- we have the same one and love it. Nice pix...

  3. That was some fierce wind!! The boat tour sounds like fun. We move over to Carrabelle tomorrow and are looking forward to being on the coast again. Hoping for some dolphin sightings too!

  4. Looks like a great place to have stayed. Too bad about the wind the last week. Doing anything in really windy conditions can tire you out. Looking forward to hearing about Fort Pickens.


  5. Sounds like a good stay overall. I think you will like the Fort Pickens area.


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