|12 February 2012
South to the Gulf
Mobile, Alabama, United States
It’s been so cold at night that we have had to run the furnace at night-lows dipping into low 20s in northern Mississippi and low 40s on the coast. It takes about a 1/3 of a tank of propane per night and at the prices here that equals about $9 per night.
Nice thing about not having a time schedule is we can go where our whims take us. Today Minnell got on the internet and found a state park right on Mobile bay.
About a four hour drive, mostly on 4 lane roads, so we could get to Meaher State park ASAP. Drive seemed rushed, which it was. Gone was the idea of driving the “blue line” so named because maps in the 60s-70s had 2 lane roads marked by a blue line (freeways were red, smaller roads were black).
Greta, our GPS, guided us through Mobile, and I mean right through the center of the business district. On a normal Sunday, this would be ok. But its carnival time and that means parades. Stopped at a long stop light near the convention center and watched a marching band warm up.
Drove along the parade route, no parking signs everywhere. Saw about 100+ RV’s parked under a freeway bridge. People park there, a foot or two between rigs, for the entire 10 day carnival. No hook ups. Must get to smell pretty ripe there since once you are parked, you cannot get out until those ahead of you move first.
I am very happy with how I can drive the rondo almost anywhere (except for tight turns). Drove a small RV through Friday afternoon rush hour traffic in Zurich in 2004 so I can handle anything, I hope. Even backing up is getting easier.
Mobile is under a freeze warning tonight and the winds off the bay make it almost too cold to be outside—but we are Minnesotans! Big deal, it’s still cold.
Bella has figured out the travel really well. I’m able to take her for a walk without a leash and under voice control the whole time. I’m so proud of her. But we have not seen a squirrel or chipper yet!
Must unhook the water so the hose doesn’t freeze.
Until next time.