Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Mardi Gras Parade

Anchors Aweigh float

Love the hat!!!

Curves float

Post parade through the park

Donnie and Pidge

Donnie, Pidge, Me and Bob

I'm not sure what the proposition was here.......

Mike and Sonny, any excuse to wear beads and a funny hat

The cooks also served the St. Patrick's Day dinner

Shades of green

More shades of green

and more

Even outside, Bob is way in the back looking lost and confused.....


On Fat Tuesday we went to the Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores with our Canadian friends Marcie and Gene. It was a warm and sunny day, perfect weather for a parade. We really enjoyed watching the parade for a change, we have ridden on the campground float the last two years so decided to let some of the newcomers have a chance this year.

The next day however was not quite as good. We woke up to a tornado watch and reports of severe thunderstorms west of us in Mississippi, moving fast. I went off to exercise at the clubhouse as usual and before we finished our half hour some of the neighbors, along with their pets started to fill up the room. The skies were getting darker but it still hadn’t started to rain so I went back to the camper to get Bob. Of course he wasn’t a bit worried about the weather but finally gave in and went to the clubhouse too. When the storm finally hit we were sitting in the clubhouse with about 100 of our neighbors, 25 or more dogs, 7 or 8 cats and a rather large bird. It only rained for about 20 minutes and the threat of a tornado had passed so we headed for home and then the real storm started, thunder, lightening and torrential rain. Fortunately a tornado did not touch down in our area but did hit about 40 miles north of us, with several houses being destroyed and lots of downed trees. Since then the weather has been absolutely wonderful, warm and sunny everyday sometimes hitting over 80 degrees.

There is a lot of good fishing in this area and again this year the campground fishermen prepared their famous “fish fry”. About 50 of us gathered at one of the neighbors sites for the fish and dozens of other dishes.……the weather cooperated and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the great outdoors. Thank you Norm and friends.

One day last week we made plans to meet with a couple who are fulltimers like us, Pidge and Donnie. We have been following their trip journal and blog for almost 3 years. We first met them in person two years ago when we went through Indianapolis. They spent over a year in Indianapolis while Pidge cared for her brother who was quite ill, since he passed away, they are back on the road again. They were passing through this way on their way from the winter in Texas and would be in Milton, FL for a couple of days. Milton is not far from Pensacola so we decided to meet up at the Cracker Barrel there. Getting together with them is like meeting up with long lost friends so of course we had plenty of stories to share. Pidge and Donnie had a trip journal site but now use blogspot to record their trip, if you would like to follow their adventures check them out at http://thefrugaltravelers.blogspot.com/ . Pidge is a good storyteller and always has lots of great pictures to share.

On St. Patrick’s Day we had another great potluck dinner at the clubhouse. Some of the men spent a day or two preparing the corned beef and cabbage and everyone brought a dish to share. Needless to say, no one left there hungry. We have got to stop all this over eating; thankfully we only have a few more weeks here and then can start our diets, again.

Now some of our friends have started to head north again and the campground is changing, even some springbreakers have arrived and you just never know who your neighbor is going to be. This last week-end we noticed a couple about our age arrive at the next site and when we went to meet them we found out that the woman’s name was Elsie. Now I can honestly say it is not often that I run across another Elsie and it was great fun talking with her and her husband Kip. It turns out that Elsie and I are just about the same age, about 3 weeks apart. They live near Birmingham and come down to Foley a few times a year to vacation. We made plans to catch up with them next winter when they come back.

Yesterday Bob and I went to see another play at the South Baldwin Community Theater, the Foreigner. As usual the actors put on a great performance. It was another very funny show and we really enjoyed the small community theater atmosphere.



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