The town of Carrabelle sits on the Crooked River and is well protected from the open gulf by Dog Island. The river creates one of the best deep water ports along the Florida Panhandle. Although the weather was cooler than we had been experiencing further south in Florida, it was still quite pleasant most of the time. We did not have transportation, so we walked everywhere we went. A grocery store and laundromat was a short walk away, so we made frequent walks all over town.
|Part of the downtown area of Carrabelle|
|A view of the harbor of Carrabelle. The Moorings is in the center of this shot.|
|As with most small towns in the USA, there is a war memorial along the main street.|
Carrabelle has three museums that celebrate the local history. We decided to walk the 2 miles up the road to the Camp Gordon Johnston museum. That is where many troops were trained in amphibious landings during World War 2. There was a good history of the camp and many personal memorabilia collections that have been donated by local veterans of WW2.
We arrived just a bit before the museum opened for the day, so we went to visit the beach that was used for the landing practice.
|Captain Byron, Mary and Kim|
|Just another Kim on a beach photo. That girl can't wait to get her feet wet.|
|German Flags and helmets|
|German Rifles and bayonets|
|The centerpiece of the museum is this half size Higgins boat, that was used for landings in both theaters of operation. It always amazes me to see they were made of wood with no armor plating.|
|Crooked River Lighthouse. We climbed all 176 steps to the top.|
|The Lighthouse visitor center and museum.|
|Kim and Mary playing in the playground. We have been having a blast traveling with another couple. So much of our travel has just been the two of us.|
|The view from the top. That is the inlet that we came through two days prior.|
|I had to include a shot of Dennis on the left and Byron. Dennis was the guy who gave us a ride. Thanks Dennis!!|
The following day, we went to the historical museum in downtown Carrabelle. We were lucky to get a personal tour by the curator of the museum. She told us many stories of the founding and development of Carrabelle. The town has declined from the high point in the 1920's, but it still is a cool little town.
|I liked this painting of the town during the Boom years. The town is about the same size now.|
|Here is the original that was now in the museum.|