Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gulf Shores, one year later

While we were down in South Alabama this past weekend we ventured across Mobile Bay from Dauphin Island to the Fort Morgan peninsula, before driving up through Foley, back to Mobile.

The ride across the Bay on Marissa Mae Nicole was refreshing and scenic, despite the distinct sheen of oil on the surface of the water in a few areas. This is the first ever car ferry ride for the kids, though I have fond memories of riding the car ferry several times across the Irish Sea from Larne, Northern Ireland to Stranraer in Scotland when we used to go visit our cousins.

After docking in Fort Morgan we decided to venture out on to the beach on the peninsula. We weren't very hopeful but I don't think we were quite prepared to see what we did. At first blush the sand looked good, at least closer to the dunes...............

But as we ventured a little closer to the water's edge it was unmistakable;

Tar balls, everywhere.

Safa picked up a stick and it was coated with oil.

The beautiful beaches that we enjoyed barely a year ago were virtually empty, and tainted with oil from the massive leak in the Gulf.

In fact, this was barely a mile away from the house we rented in July 2009, and the beach where we created many fond memories, like this one:

And these:

Just hoping that the permanent fix for the oil leak comes soon; the clean up will definitely continue for a long time.


Jen said...

So sad. I think it's almost something you have to see first hand... and once you do, the reality of just how big this problem is really sets in :(

Amyacl said...

Oh, I can only imagine how heartbreaking it was to see that... I hope soon they'll be able to start to undo some of the damage that's been done.

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