Coastal Alabama: Bamahenge, Florabama, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan
Greetings. From, the SK, Peas rainbow. Plantation. In somerdale, Alabama, my, home for, the next two nights As I am going to explore some of the southern portion. Of the state here. We, are going to begin here, on the east shore, of Mobile. Bay and then tomorrow we'll explore the beaches, at. Gulf Shores Fort, Morgan and, so, much more. Check. Out all these waterfront. Homes. Well. We'll see all this from, the air in a few here. Fighting. Fighting. Riding. In my. Vir. Be wherever. I want. To be. You. Guys I'm free in. My RV. It. Is a little unfortunate, the, weather it. Is such a rowdy, gloomy. Day but check, out all the houses each with their own pier, if, we were in Florida I would say it's got that old Florida. Feel but, we are in Alabama so I guess it's the Alabama, field, right. The. Long pier, is the Fairhope, municipal, pier known. For great fishing and the scenic views we're. Gonna check it out as soon as I landed drown. You. Know what that is in, the distance, Mobile. Alabama, we. Probably won't, visit, it today but we will at some point. I. Just, love, to, watch the, flight, of the Pelican especially. When it catches its prey. All. Right let's, check out the Fairhope, beer. This. Is the Fairhope, municipal. Peel. And. There's. Another pelican. Very. Very, nice very. Serene. Belt, here. Chuck, seafood, an oyster, bar I betcha they have great shrimp, in this area, and I'm getting hungry. Let's. Walk to the end of the pier first, and then we'll, sample, the local queue, scene. Meanwhile. Here, are some locals. Chilling. By the water. Local. IPA, from hain't, blue brewery, from mobile and so. Much, to, choose from but. I think I'm going to go for some shrimp. Well. That, certainly hit, the right spot well, had a local IPA there from Oh bill I forgot, the name of the brewery. I wrote. It down and. Four. Dollars and change for the beer which is coming. From Miami, it seems very inexpensive, believe me. Back. There that's downtown, mobile across the bay. Tomorrow. Oh, I. Also have a shrimp, kabob that. Was a little more that was like seven bucks. Six. Jumbo, shrimps, cooked. To perfection with, some, garlic sauce it was good. Let's. Go back to the campground. Breakfast. Of champions. Let's. Go exploring. This, to the right is the OWA. A fairly, new amusement park, here in the city of Foley and before, heading all the way south to Gulf Shores we're, gonna make a quick detour here, well, greetings good morning, beautiful weather today a little cloudy but mostly. Sunny went. For around this morning, that. Felt great and never. Explored, the area a little bit there, seems, to be a replica, or of a very famous. Sight. In. England. Check. It out. Please. Called bama henge and while, not an exact, replica. Of the original stonehenge. It is exactly the same size, and also, aligned, with the summer solstice and all that it was envisioned, by Alabama billionaire. George, barber, unlike. The original this, one is built out of fiberglass, and, there, are actually only four, unique, shapes, flipped. And repositioned. To look different. Well if you ever felt, kind of frustrated. At the originals, Stonehenge. In England because, it is all fenced off and you couldn't, walk around the, stones. No. Worries you can do it here in Alabama at Bama. Hinge and. There's. No one here. This. Is. Kind. Of. It's. A matter of fiberglass. Which, is pretty cool but the coolest thing is you're able to walk you, know inside. It which, the one in England is all fenced off you know and and since, it is the historic.
Site Or what have you you are not allowed to. Basically. Do anything you know, and. In this one I can you know, walking. Between the stones, it's. Pretty cool. It, was you could do that in the original Stonehenge. Huh that. Was a pretty cool of the, beaten path, place. Here. Maybe. I'll fly the drone. There's. The, view 400. Feet above BAM. Henge. They. Have a toll by plate system to cross into, the beach and, here. We are, Gulf, Shores. But. First we are gonna go a little further, east to, Orange. Beach actually. All the, way to the Alabama, Florida State, Line. It's. This bar right at the border between, Alabama, and Florida. And check it out. Here. We are this is called the flora bama. And. It's right here on the. Border. Between. Alabama, and, Florida. Check, it out please. Use other door. I. Guess. It is only appropriate to enter through the gift shop right of, course I decided to come here late, morning, at, the time when there's no one here but that's, just the way I usually do things right my, timing, impeccable. As ever, flora. Bama has been here since, 1964. Shortly. After the highway, connecting, Orange, Beach Alabama and, Perdido, Key Florida, was, built and it, is supposed to get really rowdy particularly. During spring break and major holiday. Weekends, and also, many events, they come up with most importantly, the annual, inner state mullet, toss which. Is a competition consisting. Of throwing a mullet fish from Florida, across, the state line into Alabama I'm, telling you people come up with some weird stuff, sometimes although, I hear it is basically, just an excuse, to throw a weekend-long, party. As if, you really need one the, bar was built on the Florida, side of the state line which was originally wet, the. Alabama side at, the time being dry, hence. The, original, appeal. Now. Maybe 11 a.m. is too early for this place huh. Well, at least we get a nice view of the beach I. Have. All this. Two outs here oh. Yeah. That's, that's fine sand, I, remember. When, I was investing. How. Can make this work no. That's, not gonna work is it nah I don't have if. I only had an extra hand but check out what they have here a. Giant. Share that. I can do. Kind. Of sort of actually. And. Here we have it the, powdery, sand of the golf course of the Gulf Coast. Yep. These, are probably, hands-down, the, best beaches, in the whole country as far, as flying sand, and swimming. Go, the. Florida Panhandle and, this area, of Alabama. Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't, fly the drone here. Here's. A quick look towards. The Florida side. I guess. This is the state line here I'm, in Alabama, and. I'm. In Florida and. Apparently. Tents. Tents. Are allowed in the Alabama side but not on the Floyd don't. Pay any attention to me I was totally incorrect, let's, check out the water. What. A difference. Today's make, right two days ago I was a. Shrimp. In, the 20 degree weather, of. Northern. Alabama and now I'm in actually. Right now I'm in Florida Alabama is right back there and it's high 70s, the. Beautiful, day perfect weather the water still, a little problem is a little too cold to going but. Otherwise out here is is marvelous.
Well. I'm not gonna go into Florida, yet this part of the trip I'm gonna make work my way a West now. Through. The. Alabama. Shores and let's, see if we can make it two more Batmobile, I'm not sure we're gonna have time for that. Chelsea. You, know I just realized I just got totally disoriented, and the, sign says north north meaning, on. This, side, so. It's not an Alabama Florida thing it's probably actually. There's no defined line right here before between. Alabama and Florida so. What they mean is they don't want any tents on, that side of the, pole of the the pole which is totally. Understandable you want them back. Here where people, are playing, volleyball of course. What's. Up with all this underwear. Here, hanging, out to dry. Let. Me actually see if I can find a bar that is actually serving liquor because, everything, seems to be closed here. Here's. A view from above ooh. Main, bar here, we go. Got. Me an IPA and here, they also have underwear, hanging all over the, place mainly. Ladies, brassieres. Still. Pretty, solitary, at, this early, time check. It out hard liquor dispensers. That's. Pretty sophisticated, I'm. Actually kind, of glad the, place is deserted because, I can show it to you without pointing the camera at a bunch of people you know some people don't like that. So. That's what it is supposed to look like or. Maybe, what it used to look like before, Hurricane. Ivan I've, been trying to figure out the exact, state. Line and this seems to be it is there's usually some. Kind of sign, on the road the. Exact, state line because. The. Florida crew stopped and where they are Obama that, you stop right here and there's, always a change in the pavement right, at. The state line so I guess yeah the power is technically in Florida. Well. I'm really, glad I came to, the end not, for us I had originally planned. Because. Because. Tomorrow I have the flowers to come with the RV on my way back to Florida, and there's no way I would have been able to park the RV. Here. The, only reason I was able to park is because the place is dead today like this it's it's. Not even noon on. A Friday I'm sure it's going to get much. More and much, more, busy, much busier, head west on Florida, 292, easy. Ways. We're back, in Alabama welcome. To Alabama thank, you so much Google lady. Let's. Stop here real quick by golf state park I was. Gonna fly the drone, but my app told me I shouldn't, so I won't. Head. West toward Alabama's, coastal connection, East Beach Boulevard to. Continue. In. 300, feet turn left onto Alabama's, coastal connection, East Beach Boulevard. Yes. It, is hotel, after, hotel very commercialized. Area. Anyways. I am going to continue back, west basically, until, I run out of Road and I believe there is a ferry that goes across Mobile. Bay that's, the plan anyways, I. Got. So distracted and, mesmerised. By all these cute houses that, I didn't realize that states route 182, here by the western, end of Gulf Shores, is. Actually a dead end, I. Thought. The road went all the way to the end. OK. We've. Got out a. Long. Way ahead of us which is. Relatively, early. Well. Yeah, I had to backtrack almost. Seven miles and, now go, back through state route 180, which goes all the way to Fort, Morgan, where. The ferry terminal is located. More. Cute, houses, some stills here. Here, we are Fort Morgan, $7, to go in. Let's. Check the fort out Fort, Morgan, here. The. Only thing is I might, miss the ferry inside, the fort was leader post. Turn tunnel the. Access tunnel through the glasses originally. Hard had. A sand, floor. The. Doors located at each at. Either end of the tunnel, and. They were closed. Periods. Of attack the Ranger by the entrance she, happened to have a copy, of the ferry schedule and, there, is a snag, during. The winter they only run one ferry, every, 90 minutes and the. Next one departs, in 15 so. I must, choose, between, seeing, the fort that I already paid for or taking, the ferry if, I wait another 90, minutes it'll, be too late to see mobile today.
Let's. Just, see the fort we're, here and we'll, do the ferry next time I come to mobile, which, is in about a month actually. Serves. Me well for, not doing enough research. Here's. The view from above the. Fort was constructed after. The war of 1812, as apparently, one was needed, here at this location mobile. Point, construction. Didn't begin until 1819. Though and it took them 15 years. Because of the nature of this location. Being so isolated. Hey. Check out the oil rigs. There's. The historic, Sand Island Lighthouse. Going. All around the fort now. This. Is a steep. Stairs. Whoo, check it out stalactites. There. Goes my ferry it. Would have been nice to catch it today actually maybe. Tomorrow but as I said I'll, be back in about a month, I have to pass by this area again anyways, on my way out west right. There's. A runway and you can actually drive, on it so we're gonna do that later, I've. Always wanted to travel aboard, a cargo ship, someday. Perhaps. That. Is a Snow, Fairy. Isn't it no wonder it takes so long. Here. We have them the Six Flags of Alabama. There's. The Fresnel, lens from the lighthouse. And. This. One is the one from the smaller, mobile, point, lighthouse. Who's. An 1864. Map and some. More memorabilia. Let's. Go to the beach. Hello. There. It's. Looking Beach here oh there. You are you, moved when I moved my camera away. True. You're. Not scared are you. I. Think. The tide is rising. And there. Goes a pelican. Hmm. Shrimping boats and. The. Neither Pelican. Well. I obviously didn't plan this all that well in my original plan we're gonna take the ferry now to the other side of the Mobile Bay and, visit. Some places. There and then circle, around through, mobile and back. To the RV park. The. Only problem is the next fair is over an hour away and if I wait an hour I'm not gonna have time to go. All around the. Bay and then make it to the RV park in time for the live video at 6:00. P.m. Eastern which is actually 5 p.m., central. Where I am and. Beside it is going to be nighttime so. I. Might. Have to stay in the area one more thing which is not a bad thing I can. Like it here but at least now I've got the, ferry scheduled, for tomorrow so. So. I know more or less what, time he departs. How. About we go for a joyride on, that runway. Well. The, runway was a little bumpy to be honest about it. There, are a few more ruins, here by the end of the runway. Let's. Go to town I'm getting, hungry. Slower. I saw, this place earlier, as I was coming to the fort called sassy, bass so. Let's, check it out. Yes. The, restaurant, is this way I went. Into the market. Good. Choice in music I like it already. There's. Plenty to choose from but apparently, that house specialty. Is the sea bass so, I'm going to go for that in good traveling Roberts fashion, we're here mid afternoon but. There is no one else, good. IBA and, excellent. Chilean. Sea bass Chilean. Sea bass, that. Was. I. Mean, really good. Bar. Here. This. A sea bass they. Have a market in there to them, I would. Enter by mistake originally, but. Yeah. It's getting cloudy. Hopefully. All the thunderstorms. Come, overnight and and, that. Way. You. Can toured the area tomorrow. Very, cool little town here, so. You're not so little. Well. To make a long story, short I, didn't stay the extra, night my, sight at the RV park was booked, for the next night and I didn't feel like moving, besides, the, forecast, called, for a lot, of rain in, the evening I got to hang out with Kyle and Olivia, of driving, I'm vibing and Tom, and Kate the merchants on the move, we of course interviewed. Each other and that, was actually a lot of fun so. What better way to end our day I. Need. To put you in touch with my brother and. What. Better way to end our data here and and, we are at the Mortons, RV. Because mine is too small and. Driver. And fireman are ours are still building theirs but, of course we are here at the. TV. Studio we. Are of course Kyle and Olivia, driving, I'm driving and, Tom. And Kate Morton, the Mortons on the move and. We're. Gonna I mean we've been chatting for for, a couple of hours now getting to know each other finally in person and. About. What, inspires us to do, RV and do what we do. Well. What do you know I happened to follow, the bad weather, all the way, to Florida.