Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fort Morgan Beach

Hello! 



Today's post is going to be a little different than normal. Because we have less than a week till we move to Illinois, and this was the first really pretty weekend we have had, we decided to procrastinate on cleaning the house and go to the beach! (We're not real adults yet). We went to Fort Morgan AL for the beach, since the beaches in Biloxi aren't all that clean or dog friendly. We wanted a dog friendly beach of course so we could bring Basil with us, and we took our friend Adam along as well. 


Basil snuggling up on Adam in the back seat

Fort Morgan is a wildlife reserve/historic site/ ferry dock. So in order to get in and use the beach, there is a fee. But since we are all military, we got in for free which was nice. It is a loooong way away  (about 25 miles) from the public gulf shore beaches, but the gulf shore beaches were packed! And no pets allowed, so I am glad we used this beach. 



We spent our Friday night cleaning like crazy (we're fun people) so we wouldn't feel guilty going off and having fun for the day with our house still so unorganized and much left to do. I think Basil knew  he was going to need his rest because he just put himself to bed at 10pm while we were still cleaning. You can see in the picture that his crate is wide open. He is such a good boy. He knows his limits. 

Bed time for Basil
We left early on Saturday, well early for a Saturday about, 9 in the morning. The drive was 2 and a half hours, the longest Basil has been in a car at once, and he did very well. We have a doggy seat belt for him which makes car rides go a lot smoother. He is secure in the back seat, and doesn't try to hop in the front into our laps. So its pretty much the best purchase we have made so far in our lives. It will be really nice to have for the 10 hour car ride to Illinois. 

His seat belt harness - He loves it! 

When we got to the beach, I was a little surprised at how much drift wood was washed up on the beach. But Basil loved it! He had so many things to sniff and explore. There was another puppy there who was also 7 months old, but he was a big brindle boxer. His name was Stumble, and he was the cutest thing ever. He kept trying to play with Basil, but Basil just wanted to splash around in the water. 




This was Basil's first time actually hopping in the water. And he showed us he can swim! I was yelling and cheering him on so loud, I'm glad there was only about six other people on the whole beach. I got a video of him swimming, but he didn't want to do it willingly anymore (of course, as soon as I turn on the video he gets shy) so Randy just dropped him in the deep part of the water and Basil doggy paddled his way to the shore. 




Skip to about the 3 minute mark to see him swim.



Basil and Randy got pretty messy rolling around in the sand playing. Basil was having the time of his life digging as much as he wanted without getting yelled at. I got to soak up some rays, get a bit of a sunburn, and find the perfect piece of drift wood to steal and take back home to place on our mantel in Illinois. 


After 3 hours of swimming, sunning, and playing it was time to go home. If we were staying in Mississippi we would definitely be visiting this beach again. It was beautiful, clean, secluded, and peaceful. The whole time we were there, only 6 humans and 3 dogs including Basil showed up. And it was a Saturday, on Easter weekend, during Spring Break for most. Even if you aren't military, I think the fee would be worth it to have your fur baby with you, and to have some seclusion and quiet while basking in the sun. We all had a wonderful time, which makes our move to Illinois seem even more bittersweet. But, we have to look forward, because that is the only direction we can go! 


I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Until next time 

-Christine 

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for your post. I was looking for a safe and quiet place to take my German shorthair Pointer on his first beach trip. Great pictures!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! And it really was a great trip for us and our dog =]

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  2. Great post, very informative! :)

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  3. Thanks for the post! I'm new to the area and it's just up the road from me, so we'll be visiting soon!!!

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    1. Awesome! It really was such a nice place to visit, it was so quiet and peaceful.

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  4. Thank you for the post! I am looking to take a trip and want to bring my dog or it just won't be the same. Do you happen to know what the fee was? I really appreciate your post, lots of great pictures and information!

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    1. The fee was somewhere between four and seven dollars, but I don't remember exactly. I hope you end up going and just love it!

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  5. The link you added. Is that the address of the actual beach area?

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    1. The link provided is the website for Fort Morgan. Here is a link with a map of the different areas of fort morgan including the beach. http://fortmorgan.org/FortMorgan.pdf

      Also, here is a link for directions to the beach. =] http://fortmorgan.org/directions/

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