Gulf Shores is the locale for many events – concerts, a seafood festival, and fun for kids. Without a doubt, the most unusual and one of the most popular is the annual Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama. The Flora-Bama Bar and Package Store is an iconic landmark on the Florida-Alabama state lines at Perdido Key, FL. The Flora-Bama has been the destination of beach partiers since the 1960s. It was badly damaged in 1978 during Hurricane Frederick but was rebuilt and has expanded.
The Flora-Bama sponsors the Mullet Toss every April – a charity event that is fun for participants and observers. What is a mullet and where is it tossed and by whom, you might ask. A mullet is a fish that weighs about a pound (See Pic). Participants who enter one of the many categories stand in a circle ten feet in diameter and throw it as far as possible within the boundaries. How can this be fun, you ask. You have to be there and partying to understand the attraction. Tomorrow, More about mullet & a my Guest Post Rita Bay
In one of the scenes of my contemporary military romance –Search & Rescue – which is set in Mobile AL, the hero and heroine discuss the family vacation home at Gulf Shores. Many Mobilians maintain a home at Gulf Shores or on Mobile Bay. In the “old days” of stay-at-home moms, it was not uncommon for families to relocate to the family house “over the Bay” or rent a cottage for the whole summer. Fathers would join the family on the weekends or for an extended stay. It was not unusual for the bay front summer homes to remain in the family for generations. Cousins would spend summers together playing on the beach, fishing, or crabbing until darkness forced them inside. Now, many cottages have been replaced by year-round home with roads that allow for quick rides into Mobile. Some families still maintain the summer traditions and divide out vacation time at the cottage among the many cousins.
Gulf Shores which was hit by several hurricanes (most notably Hurricane Frederick in 1978) in the last decades. Small family cottages with private beaches have been replaced with large condos and multi-home compounds. The sea oats and turtles are fiercely protected. The beaches remain pristine and the sunsets unmatched. A romantic location for Taylor and Lexie’s honeymoon. Check out the sunset at Gulf Shores with sea oats in the foreground. Click the Search & Rescue book cover graphic (on the left) to read an excerpt or buy.
Tomorrow, more on Gulf Shores. Rita Bay
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Saint Kitts, formally known as Saint Christopher Island is an island in the West Indies, one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Kitts and the neighboring island of Nevis form one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Originally discovered by Columbus and claimed for Spain and alternated under the control of England and France.
The volcanic island lies 1,300 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. It is about 65 sq mi, and is 18 miles long and about 5 mi across. The population is about 35,000, most of whom are mainly of African descent. Tobacco and, later, sugar based on a slave economy were the main products but later gave way to tourism in this century. Couldn’t possibly be Aphrodite’s Island as it is too small and public and Aphrodite needs privacy. Tomorrow, another island. Rita
The Dominican Republic is located southeast of Cuba on the island of Hispaniola which it shares with Haiti. It is one of the Greater Antilles which is located in the Caribbean and is known for its mountains and lakes. After Cuba, the Dominican Republic is the next largest Caribbean nation with a population of 10 million.
Like the Bahamas, the island was settled by the Tainos. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed and Santo Domingo became the first European settlement. It passed from Spanish to French to Haitian hands until it became independent in 1821. After several dictatorships and intervention by the United States, it has become a representative democracy. The country’s economy was based on sugar production but has moved to the service industry and tourism, especially for its golf courses. Much too public for Aphrodite’s Island.
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This beautiful beach in the Bahamas surrounded by mountains could easily be a model for Aphrodite’s personal retreat on Aphrodite’s Island, the site for Her Teddy Bare. Originally the home of the Taino who moved from South America, the first recorded history was with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 which he named San Salvador. The earliest permanent European settlement was in 1647 when the Bahamas served as a center for the slave trade. Later, pirates moved in and eventually took over the island for more than a decade. The pirates were evicted and the Bahamas prospered under British governance. About 85% of the Bahamians are descended from the slave population. In 1973 the Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom. Tomorrow, Another island prospect.
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