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Historic Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama. Fort Gaines was constructed in 1821 to provide for the defense of Mobile Bay. The fort is still intact and played a part in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. In 1864 and 1865 the Union Navy sought to enter Mobile Bay, but the Confederate defense had mined the harbor. (They called the mines "torpedoes" in those days). The Union Navy was commanded by ...
... pier, Larry surprised me by heading for Orange Beach Souvenir City, where he had bought his hat. I s'pose that he'd gotten so tired of me wanting a hat like his, that he decided to take me there to shut me up. I GOT MY HAT! And furthermore, I like my hat.
Then Larry surprised Josh and me by remembering that we wanted to make pix of the pirate ship behind Souvenir City. He did baulk on me when I suggested getting his photo as a "pirate." ...
... that the dragonfly wasn't about to let me get HIS butterfly! Never thought much about what dragonflies eat. Now we know at least ONE item on their diets.
We went back to the other side of the swamp, and got a couple of good pix of George. We won't tell him, but I think Carl is a much handsomer bird!
The two intrepid fishermen went down to the beach and tried surf fishing. I stayed a little while and ...
... right? We had been faithful all Feast and here we were stuck without a vehicle, barely able to get it back to the shop. Turns out it needed a new alternator as well, which brings us to our current state. We have had no choice but to stay two extra nights, and may be needing to stay an additional night to get our car up to standards.
Did I mention we were pretty much car-less all Feast? We had to ride with my in-laws anywhere we needed or wanted to ...
... offered several variations of what happened: One attributes the 'damn the torpedos' line to the captain of the Tecumsah, which of course, sank. Irony! Another suggests that when Farragut ordered the ship ahead full speed, his crewman asked whether he should ring four bells (the signal to proceed), and Farragut replied "Four bells, eight bells, sixteen bells, I don't give a damn how many bells, just ring them!" No one, in fact, knows, but the ...