After a colder night in Pensacola, we headed down to the Gulf Coast. Crossing our most expensive toll bridge yet- $7.50 one way. (Florida loves toll highways or Turnpikes and toll bridges) . The Weather was really terrible, windy and rainy, but that will not stop us. After an Emergency hot drink stop for Aya, We headed into the Visitor Center for some information on the Park. After a quick walk thru a Live Oak Forest, we drove 30 mins (across another toll bridge) to the Fort Pickens area. Fort Pickens was a U.S Army fort built in 1829. During the Civil War, it was a Union fort, engaged in combat with a Confederate fort across the water. Thousands of cannon balls were exchanged during this time. We skipped most of the U.S military history, but seeing a just about 200 year old military fort was interesting. The Beaches here were spectacular, probably the nicest we have seen so far. Too bad the weather was cold, and just as an FYI- do not try and drive on these beaches, the sand is very soft.