Sunday, July 25, 2010

Visiting the Gulf Coast

This past week we were on the Gulf Coast visiting with friends. It had been months since we had visited our former home in northwest Florida, so it was exciting to reach the coast.

This is the bridge to Pensacola Beach.

If you have never been to the Gulf, it's worth the trip just to see the beautiful white sand. There are no rocks here, so wading in the sand or water is easy on your feet. Also the "sand" is actually quartz which does not heat up like regular beach sand.

This is the Pensacola Beach pier which is about 1/4 mile long and is for fishing and sightseeing,
and this is a sight we had hoped never to see...

Wherever there are oil rigs and super-tankers, there is a risk of oil spills. It's sad to have it so close to these beautiful beaches.

We were very surprised by the number of people in the water. The Sound was quite busy with beach-goers, but the Gulf also had a lot of swimmers. Yipes.

We took a long walk down the pier as soon as we arrived ...

So beautiful.

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