Fort Pickens

Happy Mardi Gras!

We're on holiday down here in the south for Mardi Gras...a whole week off!

The weather has been chilly, but beautiful.  

To take advantage of the time off, dad and I rode over to Pensacola to visit Fort Pickens.  The fort is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, so that means a lot of it has remained untouched.  

On the way to the fort there are several batteries built during the Second World War.  If military history isn't your thing, just climb up and take in the views! (But be careful of prickly plants and cacti on the walk...I was attacked.)
 ^^This was the gun dad really wanted to see - a "disappearing gun".  Apparently it's the only one of its kind left.  It could be raised to fire, but then lowered behind the cement barricade to be out of sight.

At the end of the island is the old Civil War Fort.  It's pretty well preserved and the lights coming through the windows and over the walls made for some great photo ops.

Fort Pickens is worth a visit if you're into history, or just into the great outdoors.

Hopefully I'll be able to find some other blog-worthy adventures before my Mardi Gras holiday is over!

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