Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Bob at a jam

Craft show at the Wharf

Flora-Bama bra collection

Liquor room at Flora-Bama


Mystery Dinner

Mystery Dinner

Happy Hour

We finished off some Pumpkin Cream

Jimmy, Butch and Bob at Johnny's Lakeside Park

Part of our line dancing group

A Jam

Bob, Jimmy, Butch and another Bob at Gulf Breeze

Sandy, Dan, Jan, Jimmy, Beth, Daylon, Me and Bob

Sandy lost part of an earring, the men formed a search party.

St. Patrick's day pot luck

Another Jam

Sunset over the pool

The Castle in Fairhope

Civil War Cemetary in Point Clear

Amyrillis in bloom

Greek Orthodox Church in Malbis Plantation

Once again we have spent a great winter at our favorite place, Anchors Aweigh RV Resort. We have really enjoyed all the fun times we have had this winter with many old and new friends. We continued with all our regular fun activities and even found more fun things to do. Bob and his friends played music ever chance that they got so I got to spend a lot of time being a roadie.

After Mardi Gras in February the weather just got better and better and we were able to enjoy our winter home even more. One beautiful Saturday at the end of February Sandy, Dan, Bob and I went to a Arts and Crafts fair at the Wharf then stopped for lunch at Flora-Bama, the weather was absolutely perfect and we were able to enjoy our lunch on the deck overlooking the beach. In March we enjoyed a “mystery dinner” put on by a several couples from Michigan. It was an Italian Feast of Ziti made with homemade sauce, tossed salad, warm garlic bread and for dessert, ice cream with homemade Anisette Pizzelle cookies. It was all wonderful, one of my favorite meals. Next came the usual St. Patrick’s Day Pot Luck Dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage with lots of side dishes and desserts.

At the beginning of April friends from Michigan, Linda and Phil, took us on what they call “The Nickel Tour” of several places around the area that they have learned about over the years. They have been coming to the Gulf Shores area for more than forty years because Linda’s parents moved here back in the 70’s.

We had a great day and saw several places that we didn’t know about and actually got to tour one of the places we had only driven by in the past, a Greek Orthodox Church, very beautiful with lots history. The tour also included the springs in Magnolia Springs, a unique castle and a park in Fairhope, a wonderful candy kitchen and Civil War Cemetery in Point Clear. Phil and Linda took turns narrating the tour; it was educational and entertaining. We stocked up on candy at the candy kitchen and had a great lunch at Panini Pete’s in Fairhope’s French Quarter.

Now the winter has flown by, most of the “snowbirds” have gone north again and after much discussion Bob and I have decided to take a year off from our summer traveling. In the last couple of years we have been trying to figure out where we plan to “settle down” and since the Alabama Gulf Coast has been our very favorite place we have decided to spend a summer here to see if we can take the summer heat. Anchors Aweigh is a perfect place to spend the winter but because of the location, just 8 miles from the beach, it is known to be very busy during the summer and the traffic to the beach can be a nightmare. We have moved about 12 miles north to a rather quiet 55+ RV community, South Winds, in Magnolia Springs, AL, still convenient to all the things we love about the area but far enough out in the country to be away from the crowds. We have visited this park in the past; Bob has played music here so after checking it out again we decided that this should be a good alternative for the summer. We picked a site with lots of shade trees and hopefully that will prove to provide some relief from the summer sunshine. This is truly going to be an experiment and hopefully it will help us decide on what our future holds.

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