Comme ci, comme ça...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Meaher State Park

Flag of United States  , Alabama
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

We had an east drive on Monday from Tickfaw. Before long we had driven through the narrow part of Mississippi, of Mi'sippi, as the locals call it. The trip was about 180 miles. I-12 turned off into I-10 just north of New Orleans. I-10 was amazingly smooth. I'd been warned to avoid it on our 2011 trip, but they did a good job of improving it. For some reason, the bridges are still quite rough, but nothing untoward fell or flew about.

We got to Meaher State Park near Spanish Fort, Alabama not too long after lunch. I really had to laugh at the fact that when we got to the "Welcoming Center" near the Alabama border, it was closed. I decided to make a pit stop and the restrooms were closed for cleaning. What is it that the word welcome signifies in the big AL state?

Anyway, once again we have a site on the shore of Mobile Bay, just like last trip. We got the SenÚr Discount and saved a few shekels. The sites feature full hook-ups, which you now understand. I'll not go into it here again.

We took a walk around the park, checked out the boat launch and the bathroom/shower area. The even have a laundry, two, in fact. Nicely developed and maintained, as we remember from last trip...

We had Taco Salad again this eve. It's a great recipe that came decades ago from a friend in California, Dolores. The brownies are still here, although less of them. Lynn had a sample or two to offset her "not-so-sweet" tooth. They ARE good, but not comparable with the last batch. I say this with full knowledge that this may, in fact, actually be the LAST batch. ;o)

With the cloud cover last eve, we didn't get the sunset we had anticipated. A nice multi-colored glow appeared for a bit, but not what we expected. We're here for four nights, so there's still hope.

The last folks at our site had left a pop tart on the table. We noticed some goldfinches having a sample. They're very people-friendly, so I got a couple of shots of the male. This morning I put out our mini-bird feeder. We'll see how that goes.

Since I had noticed a couple of others washing their rigs and cars, I got out the gear and gave Sooby and the coach a wash. I had barely finished when the not-too-friendly park lady came by and announced: "You'll have to pay ten dollars for washing your coach." I went through my usual faldara about the others doing it, and, just like my mother, she repeated what she'd said. She was not to be reasoned with. They had already paid, she explained. So it goes. Both vehicles look better without the artifacts of the MTDOT.

We've noticed a boat with fisherman just off shore. Lynn is wondering what they're after. She's a die-hard fisherperson now.

We plan on going into Daphne in a bit and do our shopping. Not Costcos here, but we'll make do with what we find. Gas prices seem about average for what we've seen lately, about $3.10 to the gallon. More later...

After some circuitous routes, we found the Daphne PO and Lynn sent off some surprises for our Grand-niece, Viv, for Valentine's Day. Easily done, we then set off for the local Dubya Store. I picked up a few maintenance items and Lynn got only a few things, since she found a store online that she wanted to check out. Fresh Market is the place. It's a beautiful store with a great variety of organic foods etc. It's a bit on the pricy side, though, with a smaller-than-average cucumber going for $1.50. Hmmm...

Since we've been traveling, our Discover card hasn't been up to par. Whenever we ask for Cash Back, the entire transaction is disapproved. After three calls to the "Fraud Line", we learned that it's a typical scam to do what we normally do at home. We got it straightened out and will see if it works.

We got back to camp and I got the Weber Q set up and then, guess what? It began to rain. Nice to see, but it doesn't do much for the potential sunset. I can live with that. It's quite different living somewhere where there is actually humidity. With the sun shining today, it was at sixty-five percent. Good by dry skin! Hello sticky barefeet on the linoleum...

It's still overcast, with a steady breeze off off'n the water, but nice and cozy in the coach.

We'll see what tomorrow brings...
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ferdie on

Wonder if they are catching bass? Did Lynner find out? Cold here tonight and snow in the forecast! Off to Butt tomorrow to help Neil on his remodel! I am learing to be patient is good for me! Hugs, fb

photodon on

Looks kinds spooky. You sure you're not in Illinois?

Mike Noble on

Well obviously there is a connection between your washing the rigs and the rain that fell could have saved $10 (steep price to wash your self, btw) and then gone out in the rain and washed your rigs....though the neighbors might have thought that a bit quirky. You have many more sunsets to look forward to so hang in there. Hmmm just thought of a song to send considering where are (okay, were since I am still behind). later

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