Saturday, March 16, 2019

Summerdale, Alabama

Saturday: (03/16) I made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. We enjoyed our night at Camping World. We went across the street to Walmart after breakfast. We needed some stick on pads to quiet a rattle on our bedroom door. We then visited a couple of thrift stores and a feed store. I called the Escapees club Rainbow Plantation RV Park and they had a cancelation for two days they we took. This is my first visit to an Escapees park. We went to lunch at Big Daddy’s Grill then did our laundry at the park. We had shrimp and leftovers for dinner. We are camped Somerdale at the park, GPS: 30.458283, -87.781917.

Sunday: (03/17) St Patrick’s Day. We had leftover French toast and waffles with fresh blueberries for breakfast. Lou and Dan showered at the park showers while I showered at home. Lou stopped by the office and got us a site for the next week. She broke a tooth last night so we’ll be seeing a dentist tomorrow. We drove down to Foley to look over one of the dentist offices and stop at Walmart. I wanted to replace the tires on our Jeep. There is a chunk knocked off of the left front and the tread is getting thinner. I got some BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 tires. They have a more aggressive tread than the existing but are supposed to be the best AT tire out there. We do have a little more road noise now but should be able to do some real off roading now. Walmart had a good price, had the ones I wanted in stock and were able to install them today. We did have to hang around for about four hours though. I got a burger at Checkers and Lou and Dawn had soup at Applebees. We headed back to the RV park by 1700 and joined the other residents at a potluck buffet. Interesting dishes. Lou got more references for a good dentist here.

The old and the new.

Monday: (03/18) I was off to the park office early to register for our new site, then we moved to it. We had leftover corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to inspect the thrift stores in Foley and visit the medical museum. I stayed home and worked on our tax return, just collecting information today. I had a hot dog sandwich for lunch. Rice and a weiner for dinner.

Tuesday: (03/19) We were off early to Foley. Lou had an 0800 Dental appointment. She lost a filling a couple of days ago. Dawn and i had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel restaurant while we waited. We returned home after a little looking around an interesting home improvement store and a bookstore. At home I got busy working on our taxes again. I finished up most of the data collection today. Lou and Dawn relaxed around home and stayed out of my way. Lou made some soup for lunch. We had chicken with rice and creamed corn.

Wednesday: (03/20) We had old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast. I then continued collection data for our tax return. Then I completed the first draft. Now to review and touch it up. Sausage and noodles for lunch. After lunch we drove over to the Post Office to pick up our mail package from home and send off some boxes. Lou and I then went shopping while Dawn explored a bookstore. Spaghetti and salad for dinner. Time to review the mail and the tax return.

Thursday: (03/21) Leftovers for breakfast. Mine was a biscuit and sausage. We headed off to Monroeville, Alabama, the home of authors Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird) and Truman Capote (Breakfast At Tiffany's). They were neighbors and friends as children. The museum is in the old courthouse, the setting of the trial in the Mockingbird movie. It was used to make a duplicate courtroom in a studio in Hollywood. Interesting visit. We passed through many little towns on our way there and back by different routes for the 90 miles each way. We had lunch at the Sweet Tooth cafe in Monroeville. Leftovers for dinner at home about 2000.

Friday: (03/22) Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. We then visited the Holmes Medical Museum in Foley, Al. Interesting museum in an old one doctor hospital building. We drove out to Gulf Shores later and had lunch at the Skyliner Diner. We had the booth in a 1954 Ford sedan body. Reasonable food. After lunch we walked along the beach out to a pier. Dinner at home cottage cheese and diced apple.

Saturday: (03/23) Lou made biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast. We had a relaxing day at home (camp) today. I washed all the RV outside windows and brushed all the spider webs off the outside. Lou and Dawn went over to a flea market here in the RV park activity building about 1000. They learned it was from 0800-0900, kind of early and short for a flea market. I came over later. We stayed and chatted with a couple from Toronto before returning home. After lunch. Lou and Dawn had showers. Lou and I did the laundry in the afternoon. We had BBQ ribs and potato salad for dinner in the yard.

Sunday: (03/24) I prepared French toast for breakfast. We drove down to Pensacola, Florida taking the road along the coast through Gulf Shores and South Beach. We had lunch at a coop market near downtown. We took a walk in the historic downtown area. We also walked through a cemetery nearby and were asked to leave a little after 1700 because they were closing. Interesting. I thought people were dying to get in?  We got back home about 1830, too late for the ice cream social, like we needed ice cream.
 An interesting food truck lot with all airstream trailers in Pensacola. An alligator near Gulf Shores.
A grave tone inside a tree trunk. Seems like maintenance good a little behind.

Monday: (03/25) We walked over to the office and registered for two more nights here, possibly a third. We went down to Foley to the Lambert’s Cafe for an early lunch when they opened at 1030. The place normally has a crowd out the door, very popular. Their motto is “Home Of Throwed Rolls”. It provides true Southern cooked food. I had an excellent chicken fried steak. Servers come by offering things like fried okra, black eyed peas, fried potatoes, rolls (thrown to you) All the add ons from the passersby are unlimited. This is not a health food restaurant. It was healthy though. Lou did not have a reaction to the food so they don’t cook with cottonseed oil or use MSG. I did have a reaction. I napped all afternoon after eating. We stopped for a couple of things at Walmart on the way home. Lou an Dawn went off to an alligator farm in Robertsville. Then they stopped for ice cream at the drugstore counter in downtown Foley. We had leftovers for dinner.


Tuesday: (03/26) Leftover French toast for breakfast. We headed off to Pensacola again today to the Wentworth Museum. An interesting collection and some old homes that we toured. Missed dlunch doing to taking the tours. We had dinner at O'Riley's Irish Pub after the museum closed at 1600. I had a reuben wrap, Dawn had shepherd pie and Lou had potato skins. We stopped at Best Buy and got a new DVD player for the RV bedroom and a new voice recorder for Dawn. Then we headed back home after s stop at Walmart for a couple of things.

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