Thursday, May 01, 2008

Never a dull moment

South Baldwin touring mapWe're quickly learning that Baldwin County's not just a fun place to visit; it's a great place to live! The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce provides a handy touring map (shown above) that includes all sorts of ideas for enjoying the area:
  • Historic attractions
  • Recreation
  • Golf courses
  • Festival events (17 at last count!)
  • Wildlife areas
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Baldwin is Alabama's largest county -- 1,234,948 acres!
  • Baldwin County is one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi River.
  • Its long growing season and fertile soils have made it an agricultural leader.
  • Baldwin County is now the leading tourist destination in Alabama as well as a leading relocation site.
  • Baldwin County is almost an island. It is bounded on 3 sides by water -- the Gulf of Mexico (South), Perdido Bay at the Florida line (East), and Mobile Bay and the Mobile Delta (West).
  • The history of Fort Morgan at Mobile Point is said to go back to 1559.
  • The famous "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" charge was made by Admiral Farragut at Fort Morgan in 1864 during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

One item that particularly caught my interest was Baldwin County's alligator habitat. When my sister recently asked what kind of alligators we have in Baldwin County, I told her I'd check with the neighbors. Although I haven't done that yet, Alabama's annual gator hunting season certainly gives the impression that they're more plentiful than desired.

  • One of the largest captive gators in the world is kept at an alligator farm in nearby Summerdale, Alabama. I just may have to go see this monster ... assuming he's fenced in! See its 2007 capture in this You Tube Moment: 13-Foot Gator Caught In Florida
  • With our Summer travel plans up in the air (no pun intended), we may have the opportunity to attend one of Baldwin County's biggest attractions next month: The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

1 comment:

  1. Bernie 'n' Lee8:32 AM

    Mae Dean, you're missing your calling! You need to be the PR representive for every area you have ever lived. You always provide such interesting facts that one is almost there with you visiting the places. Keep up the good work. Glad we're friends! Love to you 'n' Smitty! Your friends from WCNFH - Bernie 'n' Lee