2009 Alaska travel blog

Payne's RV Park, Site 77

Lake across road from our site

USS Alabama superstructure and good view of the 5 inch guns

USS Alabama forward 16 inch guns

Doris at the 40mm

Our home on wheels as viewed from the deck of the USS...

Mobile Skyline


We made the short trip over from Pensacola to Theodore (which is just west of Mobile)without incident - after a long stop at the USS Alabama. I took a few pictures of the ship which you might like. Those 16 inchers are some big guns. They take three large charges of powder to propel each 2,800 pound projectile 23 miles away with accuracy. That is Frances and Roger in the foreground of the picture of the 16 inch guns. I also had to let Doris have a go at the 40mm anti-aircraft guns. :)

After our visit the the USS Alabama, we went on to the campground and got set up in short order. The rain held off just long enough to get everything hooked up (including the sat.). The campground is not much but it does have long, level pull-throughs with full hook-ups. We then met Roger and Frances and went out for dinner before retiring early.

It was a bad night. Very high winds woke us about 2:30 a.m. and then the lightning and extremely heavy rains started and lasted for about two hours. The motorhome held up well through all of these storms and is none the worse for wear. I think three days of it is enough though. We called Bellingrath Gardens early this morning and they told us not to bother coming today. The storms had taken their toll and none of the Azaleas had managed to hang on to their blossoms and just about everything else was beat down as well. Best laid plans and all that........ We met Roger and Frances for lunch and they went on back to Pensacola for the rest of today and tomorrow. THE SUN IS OUT, 1st time in four days!!! We plan on getting the mothership all cleaned up and ready for the trip tomorrow and Sunday to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. We will have to stop along the way Saturday night as the total trip is about 600 miles.

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