Leaving Florida behind was the “official” beginning of our 2019 westward migration. We started earlier this year than we did in 2014, and moved more quickly through Alabama and Mississippi. We’d learned our lesson on that last trip at the end of April – the tremendous thunderstorms we rode out one night near Pensacola still hold the record for dumping the most rain there in a 24-hour period. Continue reading
The enjoyment of our two-week stay at Dauphin Island was dictated by the weather, and we had a double whammy of severe thunderstorms, rain and overcast skies. But on days when the weather cooperated, we headed to our favorite locations to watch the colors of twilight and sunset that the island is known for. In July 2013, Dauphin Island was deemed by its town council as the Sunset Capital of Alabama. In reality it’s a logical choice, since the island sits several miles south of the mainland where there’s really nothing to obstruct the western horizon.
Geographically, its location is at the westernmost white-sand beach in Alabama, and also on the Gulf Coast – unique features that the town likes to point out. We drove to the west end of the island where we could see the clouds and colors changing 360 degrees around us. Of course, there were days when Mother Nature produced a dud, but most evenings it was well worth the drive and it’s not like we had a lot of other important things to do.
The only other time I have posted about incredible sunsets was when we were in Arizona, where the sky in the desert had spectacular twilight hues of oranges and reds, and the cloudscapes were spectacular. Other than birds, sunsets have become my other photographic inspiration. I try to catch at least one wherever we go. But here at Dauphin Island the panoramic sunsets are something to behold, and we have tried to view and enjoy them from various locations.
Dauphin Island has given us several memorable sunsets that I’ve been able to add to my collection. The hard part is picking which ones to delete!
And that about wraps up our two weeks of hanging out on our favorite southern island.
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