Beach Vacation Skywatch – Volume I

The three of us took a late vacation this year. I’m ashamed to say that all the traveling I did by myself was part of that (but I’m not sorry that I did it.) Son is taking college classes but they are online so yep, he can attend school anywhere we have wifi.


So this was the SuperMoon on August 31. Also a blue moon since it was the second full moon of August. I took this the night before we left on vacation. Technically though I am retired I am on a permanent vacation.

We had some decent skies on our drive from Tulsa to the Alabama Gulf Coast. My wife was driving when I took this photo. I used to take photos of her driving but she has gotten pretty good with her backhand so I don’t do those so much any longer.

I love this two story dock at a rest stop in Arkansas. Too bad the dock is closed.

So we spent the night in Jackson, Mississippi on the way down there. No photos there. So we had a short drive to Orange Beach. We stopped at Buc ees on the way to the beach. Oops never again!! It is like a giant gas station paired with a giant Bass Pro with the worst of both. Lines to get in, lines to get out. It looked like a good place to get covid to me. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough. But our condo was nice when got there.

The Gulf of Mexico right at our feet. Going so late in the season meant a lot less people and the temps were very mild and the humidity low. Sign me up!!

Evening sunset was nice.

Here’s Heather out in the water. I love the feel of the ocean, sand, and wind in my face.

And a hand holding romantic shadow selfie. Look how skinny we are.

And then the almost full waning moon that night.

More to come next week.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday

24 thoughts on “Beach Vacation Skywatch – Volume I

  1. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wow! What a moon shot and awesome sky and beach photos ~ looks like a wonderful vacation ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. Amy

    Beautiful beach, love the golden sand, just like what we have here and I think it’s neat that people can take online classes these days.

    1. Vicki

      Forgot to say the BUC-EE’S I’ve been to was HUGE and there were a lot of people there, there but not too many. Maybe the one you went to was so crowded because it was in/near a popular vacation spot. There’s another BUC-EE’S that’s planned on being built near where I live and is supposed to be the “‘World’s largest’ Buc-ee’s .

  3. Lisa

    That is quite a rest stop! I forgot to go out and see that super moon. And now the eclipse going to pass right over Oregon? It’s going to be cloudy.

  4. Kirsi

    A summer holiday in autumn. So wonderful photos from you and your family. Yes I love the Ocean-Feeling too. The Moon is amazing
    greetings Kirsi

  5. Eileen

    Beautiful moon photos. The view from your condo is lovely!
    I always love the beach photos. Cute photos of your wife and I love the shadow shot.
    Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

  6. Alana

    I haven’t been near a beach in four years. Now I know what I’m missing. Especially loved the beach sunset and the opening moon capture.

  7. Pat

    I’m glad you and your family had a nice vacation at the Alabama shore, Yogi. The sunset photo is stunning. Your moon photo is one of the best–look at all those craters!

  8. E. Thai

    Orange Beach is very popular with folks here, but I’ve never been. Some friends in Birmingham took us to Buc-ees last year. Since then, it’s opened 4 locations along I-75 from Atlanta to Chattanooga. The brisket is very good, and their bathrooms are very clean (Las Vegas style-decor and cleanliness).

  9. Ellen

    I’ve been to a couple Buc-ees and neither of them was crazy busy. They’re building one north of Denver on I-25 that is supposed to be the biggest one yet with something like 120 gas pumps. The sad thing is that they’re going to end up closing down the other gas stations in the area.

    I haven’t been to the beach in years so some day I’ll have to go check out your Orange Beach. I’m more of a mountains type than beach, but your photos looks very inviting. Great moon shot.

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