Orange Beach 2016: Fort Morgan

Are y’all sick and tired of hearing about our vacation yet?
I sure hope not.

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Day Four

It started just like every other morning, on the beach. We didn’t linger too long that day. We had plans to leave the condo earlier than normal and drive about 40 minutes to Fort Morgan.

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img_3282I’m not sure why, but I can totally geek out over history. I think visiting Fort Morgan was my favorite thing that we did on our vacation. All I could think about was how much I wished walls could talk. Fort Morgan dates back to the early 1800’s and was used off and on by the military until 1947. There are Nearly 150 years of stories inside those walls.

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The walls and the bricks that made those walls were made by slaves. It was such a sad and almost haunting place to be, but it was beautiful too. 

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We could have stayed there for hours and I guess we kind of did. We even had a picnic lunch within the very walls of the fort itself. I love that it was completely open to the public. As long as a door wasn’t locked, we were free to explore as much as we wanted.

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The staircases were ENORMOUS, I was trying to imagine running up and down them by the light of torches in the middle of the night. Falling seemed inevitable. Even with railing each step was a feat to go down. 

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I sat my camera on the ledge of a wall and we posed for a photo. Genius I know but it was totally safe, trust me.

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It is definitely one of the coolest places I have been too. I am so happy that we decided to make it a part of our trip. Russ was SO happy too. It’s nice to have someone who shares my interest in random historical stuff.

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After wandering around for about 4 hours we headed back to the condo, grabbed our suits, and hit up the beach again. I decided to leave the camera home this time so I could just enjoy vacation.

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After a swim and showers we went to dinner at Moe’s. It was a total hole in the wall but they easily had the best pulled pork ever. In fact we loved it SO much that we ate there twice on our trip. After dinner we drove down to Gulf Shores and watched the sunset on the beach. It was another perfect ending to another perfect day. 

By this point in our trip I was completely convinced that beach life is the best life.

In case you missed it you can check out our other vacation recaps below
Days 1 & 2 // Day 3, Dolphin Cruise

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  • Amy Smith

    Luke & I love history things like this. I’m so glad that you got to visit it. We went on a family vacation when I was about 12 & we visited Fort Sumter, which I even did a report on, I’d love to go back as an adult. The family picture turned out great!

    • Aaaahhh see we would all get along so well. Nerding out over history together. That is so much fun. I really hope the girls remember this place… even just the smallest memory would be nice.

  • Jessica

    I’m a history buff, so this is so awesome!! You took some pretty amazing photos girl! I love them all.

    • Thank you! I knew there had to be others who appreciated this stuff too.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Wow, what a cool, cool place to see! Those staircases look ginormous to be through pictures so I can’t imagine how big they were in real life!

    And eating at hole in the wall places are my FAVE! πŸ™‚

    • They were HUGE. I just couldn’t get over it and why someone thought that was a good idea :P.

      Me too. The food is ALWAYS way better.

  • I’m not sick of them yet! I love your pictures. That looks like such a cool place to visit!

    • Thank you so much friend. I am almost done… just one more QUICK recap of our last few days and I can call it all blogged. Now if I only had a free day to write that last post.

  • I love all the pictures!! I never tire of hearing about vacations. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait until the girls are a little older and we can start exploring the country! When I was in 5th grade we took a cross country trip. From MI, to CA and back. We saw soooo much (Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mamoth Caves). It took about 3 weeks, and how my Dad convinced my Mom that we should do this in a pop-up trailor is beyond me….

    • Bahaha! That, THAT is awesome. Memories that have lasted a life time no doubt.

  • chall1018

    Nope! I love vacation recaps and photos and seeing what memories were made for your sweet family! I totally geek out about history too. It’s so interesting to think about what happened there before. What a neat place to visit. I love the kissing picture. So sweet.

    Before our most recent trip to the beach I didn’t really think I loved the beach life. But now I find myself longing for it all the time.

    • Thank you so much friend. Exactly. It was really kind of a creepy feel to the place when you really started thinking about the stories. Oh goodness, can’t even imagine.

      I am the SAME EXACT way. I had really thought our next trip would be to see the mountains but I kind of just want to go back. We’ll see though we have a lot going on between now and then.

  • What a cool place! I used to hate visiting places like that when I was little, but the older I got the more I started to appreciate the history of things. And yes girl, hole in the wall places are sometimes the BEST places to eat!

    • They totally are, right? It was UH-mazing… makes me kind of sad actually. That place could probably make a history nerd out of anyone. It was so beautiful.

  • I love vacation posts and that fort looks very cool!

    • It totally looks right up y’alls alley. So very, very cool.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    I’m with you on the historical stuff!! That fort looks so cool, and it’s easy to see how you could spend a day there!

    • I wish I could go back, lol! So freaking cool.

  • This post reminds me of our time in Savannah. I love learning more and more about a city or state.You can never know too much!

    • So true. There is just so much to explore and learn.

  • I’m loving the vacation recaps so keep them coming! I still haven’t recapped my vacation from over a month ago. Oops. So hopefully you don’t get sick of vacation recaps either since they’re coming πŸ™‚

    • It IS freaking hard to find the time right?! I was going to try and recap the rest of our trip in one post but I just don’t know when the heck I’ll be able to get it done!

  • Where is this place?!!!! loving your recaps!

    • Fort Morgan is on an itty bitty peninsula off Alabama right at the mouth of the Mobile bay. Mobile pay is on one side and the Gulf is on the other. It’s BEAUTIFUL! Thank you!

  • Great pictures! I love visiting places like that! We are heading to the beach today and a date with a super cool light house. I am so excited πŸ™‚

    • Wahoo! I know you have been waiting so patiently I hope you have an awesome time!

  • Beach life is THEE life πŸ˜‰ Fort Morgan looks like a photography goldmine, love all the pictures you took!

  • The pictures from Fort Morgan..wow..you captured some beautiful shots! I will definitely have to look this up. I can never pass a sunrise or sunset….just so spectacular. You have so many frame worthy pictures from this trip!! So fun.

    • It was such a beautiful place to see. If you’re ever around Gulf Shores make sure to go see it in person. Thank you so much. I took A LOT of photos :).

  • Meghan Flinn

    What a fun change of pace from the beach! Those stairs are no joke and I love that you put your camera on a ledge to get a family photo… You do what you gotta do!

    • It was a fun change of pace and seriously one of the coolest places we have ever visited. I’d love to visit more old forts now.