The Fort and Ghost Crab in a Hole

Ghost crab in a hole about 2 feet from our pad

Ghost crab in a hole about 2 feet from our pad

I had been watching this hole right by our trailer pad, but had not seen any movement around it.  Then last night while I was sitting outside, I looked over and saw a ghost crab

Ghost crab photo from Wiipedia

Ghost crab photo from Wiipedia

perched right beside the hole.  I moved to get my camera and he scuttled into the hole out of sight.  I tried several settings on my camera to try to photograph him in his hiding place, but none of them came out great.

So I went to Wikipedia and found a photo to show you what the one I saw looked like — only the one I saw looked grayer than this one.

We dropped Sheba off at the vet yesterday morning for her bath.  They told us they would call when she was ready to pick up.  So we headed out to tour Fort Pickens.

Damage from the gunpowder explosion.  The black building inside is the later "Fort within a fort."

Damage from the gunpowder explosion. The black building inside is the later “Fort within a fort.”

We arrived before the visitors’ center opened, and there were no brochures in the self guided tour display.  So we missed learning a lot of details about its history.

There have been several upgrades to the Fort, including updating part of it with reinforced concrete and adding a “Fort within a fort” when the original structure began to age and artillery was able to penetrate its brick walls.  But that part didn’t interest me so much.

Closeup of explosion damage on other wall

Closeup of explosion damage on other wall

I did learn that the reason the building is missing one of its corners was that a fire had broken out in a gunpowder storage chamber and blew out the northwest quadrant of the fort.

What really fascinated me was the original architecture, which was most noticeable in the rear area which had not had concrete floors added and showed more of what the original structure had looked like.

This amazing structure was painstakingly built by slaves.

This amazing structure was painstakingly built by slaves.

We were still wandering around the fort when the vet’s office called and said that Sheba was ready to pick up.  So much for Ron’s and my date without the kids!

When we got back to the trailer, I was met with another disappointment.  Sunny NEVER has accidents indoors.  What he does do when we leave him in the camper is pitch a mini fit and kick a pillow onto the floor.

This time, it was apparent that our rushing him through his morning pottie walk had been a mistake.  There was a big yellow puddle on the floor — and one of my pretty upholstered pillows had been kicked into the puddle.

The arches are double for maximum support.

The arches are double for maximum support.

Ron and I are unable to go anywhere in the truck during the day because we can’t leave the dogs in it unless it’s a cool, overcast day.  None of the shopping or attraction areas have shade trees.  And we can’t take dogs on the beach.  So we are pretty much having to take turns babysitting Sheba while the other explores the area.

It is wearing on us both.   We really did make a mistake adopting her, but I can’t

Ceiling detail.  The ceilings have a slit to allow for swinging the large guns around.

Ceiling detail. The ceilings have a slit to allow for swinging the large guns around.

see any way out of it.  She is too sweet for us to take chances on her not ending up in a good home somewhere else.  I have not heard back from the rescue people I contacted.

So, like any family, we do the best we can.  🙂

Interior in the front part of the building

Interior in the front part of the building

Another interior shot of the front section.  Note the brick floors.

Another interior shot of the front section. Note the brick floors.

Rear arches with sand floors

Rear arches with sand floors

Sand has been excavated to show the reverse arch in this rear section shot.

Sand has been excavated to show the reverse arch in this rear section shot.

Rear section view from base of tower

Rear section view from base of tower

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6 Comments

  1. I thought your Fort pictures were very good. I did not find anything that inspired me to shoot when I was there but your photographer’s eye caught some very good shots.
    One thing at the fort that impressed me was about the construction. There were double arches….one above and one below…called a reverse arch. The reverse arch gave stability in the sand to support the upper arch. You have a very good picture showing this.

    I found the self guided tour brochure on line if you are interested. Great post!

    • Lynne, I had never even heard of the reverse arch before, so it really impressed me. Also, since I love ancient, primitive things best, the rear of the fort with the sand floors drew me. I really didn’t care about any of the rest of the fort. Funny how different things appeal to different people. Ron was intrigued by the big guns and very curious about where the troops slept. As we were leaving, a ranger told him that the troops were quartered on the mainland. The white painted areas in front were officers’ quarters, but often were used as an infirmary instead. That was what interested him most!

      Another thing that fascinated me was wondering if all the beautiful lantana that was spilling out over the rear area had helped the soldiers’ morale. I took pictures of the banks of lantana, but since the light was all wrong, they came out unattractive and washed out.

      Thanks for the tip about the brochure. I’ll look it up!

  2. Poor little Sunny. Do you think maybe the medication was a factor in the accident?

    • Kim, I hadn’t thought of that, but it probably was the cause. It is so unlike him!

      I appreciate your insight!

  3. JM

     /  April 26, 2013

    Hi guys, this is a long shot, but I follow the blog of a young couple who full time in a class A.
    He’s some kind of computer engineer and thus they are able to live on the road.
    They have 2 cats and a dog that looks a lot like Sheba. I started thinking that it might be a good match, for them to have a companion for their dog. Just a thought.
    This is their blog:
    wheelingit.wordpress.com
    Jane

    • Jane, I will check their blog and follow it for a while and try to get a feel about whether they might be interested. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

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