We just got back from a week long vacation on Dauphin Island. I have never felt so relaxed in my entire life!
We used to go there when I was young. Daddy loved to fish from the shore. I don't think he ever caught much but that's what he loved to do on his weekends off. We would go to the beach with him and make sand castles. My older bother Ted would almost always run up the beach from the water all dripping wet and jump right in the middle of our castle.
At long last, spring has arrived on Dauphin Island.
The snowbirds have flown the coop, migrated north leaving Dauphin Island to springtime vacationers.
Another kind of bird migration has begun. Neotropical birds, hummingbirds and all manner of fine featherds have begun to arrive on Dauphin Island. Birders from all over the map are converging on Dauphin Island to witness the migration.
Spring break has come and gone. Right now is a special time of year on Dauphin Island. We're between spring break and the end of the school year. It's a time when the island is especially quiet and tranquil.
It's a time when you'll wake up to cool morning breezes and the calming, restful sound of the surf lapping at the beach. You might see a few fishermen on the pier or trying their hand at surf fishing. You might see a few people out collecting shells washed up overnight.
Morning coffee tastes so much better on the beach.
This time of year the morning sun gently warms the cool sand. An invigorating stroll along the surf is just the thing to start your day. Blue skies, sand as white and fine as sugar and a warm island breeze... It doesn't get any better that spring on Dauphin Island.
Come and get away to Dauphin Island this Spring.
Remember the stories last summer and early fall about the TV show "Antiques Roadshow" visiting Dauphin Island?
Film crews from the show visited Mobile and Dauphin Island, and captured a wealth of material from the floor of Mobile's convention center, where about 5000 people brought in heirlooms to be appraised by the show's experts. During their visit to Mobile, the "Antiques Roadshow" crews visited Dauphin Island's Audubon Bird Sanctuary to capture some of Dauphin Island's unique beauty.
The producers of the "Antiques Roadshow" series have turned that visit into three episodes which will be shown on local TV beginning in March. Look for them to air on PBS over three consecutive Monday nights beginning March 26.
Dauphin Island's sand dunes will get a nice belated Christmas gift this season - recycled Christmas trees.
Mobile County residents will be dropping off their Christmas trees at several drop off points around the Mobile area. The collected trees will then be brought to Dauphin Island where they will be used to help strengthen and replenish the sand dunes along the island.
Keep Mobile Beautiful is the organization behind the plan. They usually collect the trees and mulch them; but this year they are working with the Town of Dauphin Island on this new and innovative beach restoration opportunity.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has a legal mandate to rebuild the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper population; and that's most likely going to mean a two fish limit for recreational anglers. If these new regulations go into effect that means a cut in the daily limit by 50%.
The public has until the end of next month, the 26th, to comment. After those comments are considered and factored into the decision, some form of the new regulation proposed earlier this week will go into effect.
For additional background and history on the story read:
Red Snapper regulations under review and
Area fishermen and shrimpers discuss new proposed regulations