Alabamy Bound today!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Meaher State Park

Flag of United States  , Alabama
Saturday, March 12, 2011

We visited over coffee with James and then got ready to head further east.  I hooked-up Sooby and we were off.  We decided to take the easier, inland route on I-10.  It’s a good road with a smooth surface.  The morning was cool, but with the sun out, we quickly warmed to operating temperature.  In no time we were at the Alabama Welcome Center.  Lynnie procured her usual maps, plus a number of brochures to help guide us in our exploration of a new state.  The skyline of Mobile is truly a great view.  But first, we had to go through a long tunnel, at least half a mile in length.  Lynnie got one good shot, reflecting the red brake lights of the vehicles preceding us.  The tunnel goes downhill and it’s necessary to brake to be on the safe side and not go too fast. Then it goes up hill.  Interesting, to say the least.  Only a few "fine individuals" were present, so it went fine. So many bridges and causeways or levees have I never seen.  It’s amazing how it all works.  Traffic was heavy, since it was a Saturday and lots of folks were about.


We reached our destination with ease, thanks again to the Hussy.  Meaher State Park is located right on the water at an altitude of ONE foot.  Not much altitude anywhere around here.  We’re in Site 31, about a hundred feet off the water with a view of the Mobile skyline.  Perfectly placed to see the sunset.


After lunch, we took the nearby boardwalk to see what the local bird life had to offer.  Not much I’m afraid.  We saw a few species in the trees, all small varieties.  Later, back on land we did spy a few more, but none were in range of the camera.


One thing that we noticed outright: the folks here are nowhere near as friendly as in neighboring Mississippi or the other states we have visited.  Even the kids make no eye contact.  Perhaps it’s the moving East that changes the dynamic.


The camp facilities are fine, including a laundromat, bathrooms and showers very close to our site.  But…. the greatest gift the park has to offer is the sunset!  The photos do it justice.  If you’ve never seen the sun set over the sea, you’ve really something to look forward to!  


I cooled quickly with so much humidity and soon we had both electric heaters going and sat cozily and read for the evening.  And, we set the clocks forward again for daylight saving time.  It won’t be long and we’ll lose another hour when we enter the Eastern Time Zone.  It’s true, time does fly when you’re having fun.  We can attest to that.


We’ll go to mass in Theodore, AL, just a bit south of Mobile and then visit a mansion and gardens for our daytrip.  With no WiFi here, this delayed, but we’ll enjoy reading about and enjoying the experience again when it’s published.  More later...
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