West Ship Island, Mississippi – Sunday, July 5, 2009


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7-5-09 Welcome to West Ship Island

7-5-09 Welcome to West Ship Island

Friends:

My family and I took a day trip to West Ship Island, located 11 miles off the coast in the Mississippi Sound. To get there, you have to take an hour ferry ride.

7-5-09 Camrynn, Eliana, Jourdan & Jasmynn on the ferry to West Ship Island

7-5-09 Camrynn, Eliana, Jourdan & Jasmynn on the ferry to West Ship Island

It was a nice ride across the sound. We even saw dolphins and a dredging station that keeps the channel deep enough for ships to pass through.

7-5-09 The Mississippi Sound Dredging Station

7-5-09 The Mississippi Sound Dredging Station

Once we docked, we walked a long pier leading to the other side of the island. I saw a fisherman snipping the barb from a stingray he caught right by the pier.

7-5-09 A fisherman snipping a stingray

7-5-09 A fisherman snipping a stingray

We took a tour of Fort Massachusetts. West Ship Island has an amazing history and was once one of the first line of military defenses for the United States. After our tour, we headed for the beach, walking the never-ending stretch of boardwalk. But the walk was worth it. The white and black sand intermingled on the pretty beach. The water, sea green in color, was pretty clear, warm and shallow. The waves were minimal.

There were tons of sheephead fish and they were not afraid of us at all! I even saw a stingray. We played in the surf and sand all day. I amassed quite a sunburn although I reapplied my sunscreen several times. Eliana and the girls caught a hermit crab.

7-5-09 Eliana, Camrynn & Ashlynn catch a hermit crab

7-5-09 Eliana, Camrynn & Ashlynn catch a hermit crab

It was so much fun. Playing in the sun sure does take its toll. Look at Eliana!

7-5-09 Eliana falls asleep on Soleil's lap on the ferry back. Look at that brown baby!

7-5-09 Eliana falls asleep on Soleil's lap on the ferry back to Gulfport.

We had an awesome time and highly recommend West Ship Island as a family destination.

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne