Dauphin Island 2010: Our Week on the Island

Hey everyone! As promised, I finally have the photos from the trip, and I’m ready to show off our awesome week on the island. I can’t wait to show you all the incredible week we have, and also I’m looking forward to reviewing each place that we spent our time!

First, I just want to tell you a little more about the island, and what happened on our trip.

Dauphin Island is a small island, about 14 miles long and 2 miles wide. It’s in Mobile County, Alabama, and the Island is it’s own city. It is accessible by a couple of options: you can drive across a long bridge, you can take the ferry (they do allow cars to cross via ferry, as well!), or you can fly your private plane into the airport. Since the last one isn’t exactly an option for my family, or for most families in general, it seems our options were taking the ferry, or driving. Well, the ferry costs money, and is a bit more out of the way on the route we were going, so we drove across the huge bridge.

Here are a couple of views from the bridge! Now, in advance, I apologize for the quality. About half of my photos are from my cell phone camera, as my camera wasn’t working, and I couldn’t always have access to my mother’s camera.

Occasionally, you could see the booms stretched across, protecting the island, and some of it’s natural seafood, from the oil. However, the oil spill did prevent some seafood from being available, such as oysters. Other than that, there wasn’t really a noticeable effect on the food!

As you can see, there is a point where there is a large hill in the bridge. This is to allow boats to go under.

Here’s a really good view of one of the booms!

After you get past the bridge, you reach the island, and one of the first things you see is the water tower, which has been a part of the island for over 50 years!

You also see some interesting buildings looking to the right and to the left.

This row of houses is one of my favourite things on the island. They’re so bright and pretty!

We stayed at Holiday Isle, a beautiful condo on Bienville Blvd., with an incredible beachfront view from both sides!

We arrived at the condo around 2am, so obviously these photos were taken later. The incredible condo has many units available for sale or for rent, as well as vacation rentals! When we entered the condo, we immediately went to bed.

When we woke up, we walked out of our bedrooms, and saw this view:

Yes, that’s right. Floor to ceiling windows, with this view:

The above photo was taken right off of our balcony. Beautiful– the best thing to wake up to.

Saturday, we arrived, early. After we got some sleep, we went down to the pool, which I’ll show you when I do my full review of the condo, and to the beach. We mostly just lounged around that day.

Sunday, we spent some time with the rest of the people in our party; my grandmother, her sisters, and the two surviving brother-in-laws joined us. We had a fantastic time with them during the week we were there.

Monday, a very exciting thing happened. Whether you like him or don’t like him, the President of the United States (just barely) stopped by the island. I think he was on the island for a total of five minutes before hopping on the ferry, so it’s not like he actually looked at what was happening on the beaches, unfortunately. But I did get a few awesome photos of his helicopter!

Can you see it?

Okay, so it looked a *lot* bigger through our binoculars, but check out that view from the 7th floor of Holiday Isle, in the little lounge that they have on each floor looking out over the other side of the island. Jeez, it’s SO freakin’ peaceful! I miss it.

Tuesday, we were getting ready to eat our breakfast on our oceanfront balcony (see why I love this vacation so much?) and all of a sudden, the oil cleanup workers started screaming “GET OFF THE BEACH!”

We looked up, and we saw a WATERSPOUT!

It was about 5 miles offshore, between two offshore rigs. And below, a cell phone photo of the waterspout.

It’s a bit hard to see, since waterspouts are mostly clear.

It lasted for awhile, then disappeared again, as suddenly as it showed up.

The next day, I was sleeping in, and mom ran in, asking for the camera. Another waterspout! This one was only a mile offshore, and a lot easier to see.

Everyone was a lot slower leaving the beach this time, because, well, waterspouts aren’t really a major threat. This one, being closer, was incredible to watch. You could literally see it churning the water, and you could see the water wrapped around the base.

Isn’t it awesome? Look around Lisa’s hand, where the horizon is, and you can see the base of it, and the water churning at the bottom.

This one, being closer, was a lot clearer.

For awhile, it went into a cloud for several minutes, went back down to the water, and disappeared a couple of minutes later.

This one was so clear and so perfect! it was fantastic!

That’s the most exciting stuff that happened, so I’ll post more later about our week, in a second post, but for now, I have to go!

Can’t wait to share more of my trip with everyone…

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