Beach lovers are friendly folks! Case in point: I just recently met Elaine Rutledge, an artist who lives on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. She’s a beach and water lover, and she’s definitely friendly! Well, we didn’t actually meet in person, we met in cyberspace. I just happened to be looking for other beach loving bloggers and came across her site, Elaine Rutledge Art. We struck up a conversation and Elaine told me her “favority haunt is the beach at Dauphin Island.”
So, I checked it out! Historic Dauphin Island is a barrier island in Mobile County, Alabama. It’s located in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay. According to the Town of Dauphin Island, “The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1 ¾ miles wide at the widest point. The eastern six miles are inhabited while the western 8 miles are undeveloped and privately owned. It is estimated that 1300 permanent residents call Dauphin Island home. The number of residents soars during vacation and holiday times. The entire island has been designated as a bird sanctuary and thousands of visitors come to experience the annual migrations.” Judging from the website, I’d say it looks like Dauphin Island is the ideal haven for swimming, surfing, beachcombing, bike riding and bird watching.
Never having been to Dauphin Island, I asked Elaine if she would share the beach experience with us, which she very graciously did! She even sent along photos of the East End beach on Dauphin Island. Elaine told me: “The island is a fabulous destination….if you google Dauphin Island, you will find many beautiful images. There is an airport, golf course, beaches at each end, and in the middle of the island….Fort Gaines, and a ferry that takes you across the mouth of the bay to Fort Morgan. Also fun is the Bird Sanctuary. The restaurants are some of the best in the area. And Cadillac Square is a lovely large park with ancient oak trees. The island had bedrock on the east end, mostly sand on the west end, that was split by hurricane Katrina. Now you can only reach the westernmost tip by walking across the cut on a ”bridge” made of rocks that closes the cut. This rock barrier is vital to the oyster farming located on the leeward side of the island in the Bay.”
The Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board maintains and operates many of the islands historic sites, natural habitats, and family recreation areas which include Dauphin Island’s beaches and public parks. The board also oversees campgrounds and the 850-foot Dauphin Island Fishing Pier which, interestingly enough, no longer even reaches anywhere near the water’s edge!
You can check out Elaine’s art (much of it is beach themed) at Elaine Rutledge Art ~ Art from the Heart. I’m sure she’d just love to have you stop by. And, you won’t even have to call ahead!
Yessiree, beach lovers are mighty friendly folks!