One of the things that make these beaches very unique are the coastal lakes. They are a mix of fresh water and salt water because they are open to the Gulf sometimes. One of our favorites is Eastern Lake. Shaun's parents had a condo years back that had access to it, and Shaun and I (and friends) have had lots of fun times in this lake...fishing, canoeing, kayaking to the beach, etc. We were eating at my new favorite place, A Few Good Apples, and decided to stop by Eastern Lake after that. It is amazing to see how nature has changed it over time...it is open to the gulf and there are booms to try to prevent any oil from getting into these precious bodies of water. Here are a few pictures from Monday night: Where the lake opens to the gulf, there was a "creek" (what Aislynn called it!) and areas of flat sand with shallow puddles of water. This is the Gulf...amazing how not even a week ago it was crystal clear and bright turquoise! Now it is brown with seaweed, must be from the storms we had over the weekend.
We figured the flat areas of sand with little "splash pools" would be great for K+A to play in, so headed back after dinner last night to play:
I think this picture below may be my new favorite:
Making a water angel:
He adores his Daddy:)
You can see in the top right, the orange netting. That is holding more booms that I guess will be put out when the oil is headed this way (which seems like it is expected to start trickling into Pensacola by the end of the week).