The Time I Saw the Blue Angels during My Orange Beach Vacation
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
I’ve had some standout vacation experiences through the years, memories that stand out sharp amid all the other memories in the past. There’ve been a few memories that stand out for other reasons — but that’s a different story!
Our first vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach claims one of the incredible, bigger than life, moments. We’d never been to the Alabama Gulf Coast before. We planned our trip, packed our bags and headed south to the warm, Gulf waters and wide, sandy beaches. We looked forward to discovering Alabama’s coastal scene: the cuisine, the activities and a catamaran ride to see the dolphins.
The day of our catamaran tour began sunny, with above normal temperatures for early April. Perfect! We headed to the marina in Orange Beach to meet up with the crew and other guests at Sail Wild Hearts. After check-in, we boarded the catamaran and set off in search of dolphins.
Along the way, our captain pointed out various landmarks on the shore. He shared information about coastal wildlife, especially the dolphins. The crew served snacks, a scrumptious lunch and beverages as we toured the Gulf coast of Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
I couldn’t imagine it getting better…But, of course, it did.
The captain dropped anchor off the coast of Pensacola. He told us we were about to see a tremendous air show — and that we had the best seats in the house. Looking toward shore, we could see the tree line, but the airport runway and grandstands weren’t visible.