Ocean Springs, MS to Gulf Shores, AL

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Gulf Islands National Seashore/Davis Bayou

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd

This morning we woke up and decided to go on a run through some of the trails near the campground.   We did the Nature's Way Loop Trail (I am not good on these nature trails I tripped over like 3 roots), CCC Spur Trail and the Davies Bayou Trail. The brought us to the Visitor’s Center (which is currently closed for renovations) where we were able to head through the parking lot and out on to the fishing pier.  Then we had to make our way back to the campground, but we walked back. I was definitely tired and I think Nash was too because he was no longer pulling but calmly walking beside us. After getting back we showered, ate breakfast, and headed out.

From the campground we headed to Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Alabama (south of Mobile, AL). We purchased tickets just to see the gardens and not the house. The gardens were pretty extensive and I took tons of pictures of the flowers. It says that the gardens are open year round, but there were definitely some dead areas such as the rose garden. But I guess maybe at other times of the years the flowers that we did see would be dead.  After leaving the Bellingrath Gardens we headed to the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile Alabama for lunch. According to the menu the original owner was supposedly the inventor of the hot dog.  So I got a hot dog with sauerkraut, mustard, and onions.  Jared got the Dew Drop Inn Hot Dog which had chili, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, and a pickle slice. Both were red hot dogs (which we experienced for the first time in Maine with the Dorr family) and both were delicious. 

After lunch we stopped by the Burris Farm Market in Loxley, Alabama. We picked up a bunch of fruit and vegetables from here and then we headed to the Gulf State Park Campground in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  This campground has 496 sites and we were lucky to get one. It is pretty crowded here, the lady at the front desk said that all the snowbirds are here and it should clear out by the end of the month.  We were just happy to get a spot.  After getting set up we took Nash for a walk to check out the area. There looks to be a really nice pool, tennis courts, and horseshoe pits right around the corner from our site.  When we got back from our walk we got out our bikes to go for a bike ride to find the beach that is supposed to be pretty close.  We headed further in to the campground first and went on a cool trail out to the lake, where we got some good pictures of the sun starting to set.  Then we rode out of the campground and found the beach, where we got some other good pictures of the sun setting.  It is only a 15 minute ride from our site and we plan on going tomorrow morning to lay on the beach for half a day before heading out.
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