Pristine crystal clear water
and sugar-soft white beaches
that stretch as far as your eyes can see.
Load up the sunscreen, hatch on the bikes and head out to the beach.
Bikes + Birds On A Barrier Island
This past weekend I spent Father’s Day enjoying the rugged natural splendor of my hometown Pensacola Beach, Florida. I’ve been to 21 countries and just returned from Thailand, but believe me when I tell you this, Pensacola Beach has the best sand in the world.
But it’s not just our squeaky sand that lures people to my hometown. Or the families from all over the country who come here to take advantage of the surf, water sports, seafood, and fishing charters.
It’s also the wildlife enthusiast, nature go-ers, and active travel seekers.
While living in India this year I learned about nature based tourism, wildlife photography, and conservation. And when I came back home I realized this too is another beautiful thing the Gulf Coast offers, for the young and the old.
This weekend we packed up a picnic, grabbed the camera, picked up my grandparents and dashed toward the tip of the Santa Rosa Barrier Island… Fort Pickens.
Ft. Pickens is located on the western tip of the beach, enjoy views of untouched dunes and salty pine smells all the way to your spot (there are many spots you can claim yours all day).
We set up at Battery Worth Picnic Area and dished out our spread. While sippin’ sweet tea and eating at our red, white and blue american styled picnic we spotted a Osprey and a Red-Winged Blackbird.
That day I also noticed a Pileated Woodpecker, Common Grackle, and the infamous Brown Pelican. My grandmother was very fond of me picking up birding in India that she passed down her ‘Birds of Florida’ Field Guide. It’s a new hobby! I love it!
Although we didn’t get the bikes out on this particular day, it is something everyone must do while visiting, I’ve biked out a dozen times, and every time I do, I’m in my happy place.
Located at the western tip of Santa Rosa Island, just offshore from the mainland, sits Fort Pickens which guards Pensacola Bay.
Always remember to pick up your trash and dispose it in a proper trash can, which are at all the main pavilions and parking lots.
If you climb and run on our dunes you’ll get a maximum fine of $500.00, some cases imprisonment…ALSO some locals will probably personally come after you. So yeah no climbing on dunes.
Fishing on the pier, seashell serchin’, and crusin’ along the coast, can all be done here.
Ft. Picken’s is a great day getaway to raise your spirits and enjoy the fresh air.
This post is a series from my Micro- Exploring.
The micro – exploring category on my blog is about enjoying the simple pleasures of here and now.
I believe you don’t need to travel to great distances for adventure. Options to explore are all around us at any given moment in time.
It can be your escape from
e v e r y t h i n g or nothingatall.
Just get out there.
Thanks Pensacola Beach for the endless fun in the sun!
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Pictures Taken By: Kara Cederquist
Drone Photos Taken By: Matt Patrick