JAN/FEB 2022 RV Trip Destination Key West
Leaving New Orleans, we crossed the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway which is two fixed bridges spanning almost 24 miles. This is the longest bridge over water in the world!
And first we had to cross the shores of Mississippi and Alabama and enjoy another fuel stop at Buc-ee’s! We’ll spend more time in the Northern part of these two states on our way home.
The Gulf Islands National Seashore spans 150 miles. We chose to access the Fort Pickens area so that we could also see the fort. The RV park turned out to be better than expected. We agreed that this could be a spot we’d like to spend a week. There are miles of hiking and bike trails, a cute town and beautiful beaches. The beaches have the whitest sand I’ve ever seen.
Fort Pickens was a short distance further down Santa Rosa Island. We had a nice self guided tour. It was pretty amazing, and surprisingly intact considering it dates back to the 1800’s. It was one of the few forts in the South that remained in Union hands throughout the American Civil War. It remained in use until 1947. It also survived a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Leaving the island we were pretty impressed by the bridge construction. Barges we’re loaded with bridge components. It’s amazing that theses massive bridges are built over water. We see this everywhere in the Gulf.