Twelve-Eight Discovers: South Alabama

Greetings from Spanish Fort, Alabama! I wish I could tell you more about what this place is known for, but all I know is that it’s a little town in Baldwin county about an hour north of the Florida border and it has affordable deals on hotels. The original plan was to go check out Destin, Florida, but you have to have big baller money to stay out there on short notice. So instead, al.com’s other intern Rohan and I checked out Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding areas.

We left the Birmingham office at about 7:45 in the morning.

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We made it to South Alabama just after noon. The first stop was Dauphin Island, which was pretty cool. It’s a beach town with a lot of private properties on the water and a handful of restaurants and shops clustered together about five miles from the beach. There was a public beach at the end of the long main road.

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The water was surprisingly cold and had quite a few rocks floating around in it. Luckily the sand was nice and soft.

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At about 3:30 we headed to Mobile, which was about an hour away. Mobile’s claim to fame is the birthplace of Mardi Gras. New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebration is more prominent, but Mobile has them beat by a decade and a half. There are still beads hanging from the power lines from this year’s event. Here’s a view of downtown from Dauphin Street.

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We grabbed lunch at Loda Bier Garten, which serves pub food like burgers and fries. I got a burger and with a side of garlic parmesan fries. Good stuff.

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After lunch, we found the al.com Mobile office. Now I’ve seen all four; Mobile, Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville.

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Mobile reminds me a lot of Norfolk, Virginia. They are both decent-sized coastal cities with beaches near by and they both have giant battleships to look at. In fact, Mobile’s U.S.S. Alabama, was built in Norfolk. When we left Mobile, we crossed a long bridge-tunnel very similar to the one from Hampton to Norfolk.

Next we stopped in Fairhope, which has a gorgeous waterfront.

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A pelican even stopped by to admire the view.

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On the way back from the pier, there’s an awesome view of the treetops.

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Overall, it was a pretty solid day. I enjoyed checking out South Alabama. There were lots of awesome sights to see. If you have a chance to come visit, I’d recommend you do so.

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