The winter went by way too quickly but now that spring is here we were ready to get “on the road again”. This year we spent just a little over six fun filled months at our winter home, Anchors Aweigh RV Park in Foley, Alabama. We have had so much fun that I couldn’t remember all of it until I looked back at the pictures. I have to mention that I have taken over 8,000 photos since Bob and I started this journey four years ago, aren’t you glad I haven’t shared them all with you. I will post a few of my favorites taken in the last couple of months.
On Wednesday morning we left Foley and headed north towards are first stop at the Birmingham South Campground in Pelham, AL, as the name suggests the campground is just South of Birmingham, a short stay just four nights. We stayed at this campground four years ago on our first trip south in December 2008 when we had our first motor home. It is still a nice park, conveniently located off of I-65. We stopped here this trip because we made plans to meet up with Kip and Elsie, friends we made at Anchors; they live in this area. Our BIG plan was to go to Sneaky Pete’s, a local hot dog fast food chain. Bob and I ran across a Sneaky Pete’s four years ago and when we were talking to Kip and Elsie about our last visit to Birmingham Bob mentioned the “Junk Yard Dog” that he had there and Elsie agreed that it was indeed a great “dog” so we made plans to track down a Sneaky Pete’s on this trip through. They picked us up on Thursday and headed for a Sneaky Pete’s. Bob and Elsie had Junk Yard Dogs (that’s a hot dog with all the fixings), Kip and I opted for hot dogs with more sensible ingredients and we were all happy with our meals. After lunch Kip drove us to one of the local landmarks, something we missed on our last trip to Birmingham, The Vulcan. The Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue. Vulcan was the Roman God of the Forge, a symbol of Birmingham’s iron and steel industry. The statue is located on a stone tower overlooking the city of Birmingham in a beautifully landscaped park at the top of Red Mountain. The statue was originally on display at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis.
On Friday afternoon we drove to Kip and Elsie’s home in a nearby town, just about 4 miles from the campground, for a cook out. They have a lovely home built against a wooded area with a yard full of birds and other wild life. Since we last saw them at Anchors they have gotten a new RV, a pull behind trailer much larger than their old one so of course we had to have a tour of that while we were there, it takes camping to a whole new level. Elsie made a huge bowl of Banana Pudding with Meringue topping from scratch, served warm. She didn’t know it when she chose that dessert but that is one of Bob’s favorite Southern dishes so once again he was “a very happy camper”. It was delicious and nothing like other Banana Pudding I have ever tasted. Bob got the “secret” recipe so hopefully we can look forward to having some at one of our potluck dinners in Foley this coming winter.
Today we went to Kip and Elsie’s again for another great meal and after few hours of enjoyable and some times hilarious conversation we made our way back to our campsite to get ready for our next road trip tomorrow morning. Next stop Nashville, TN.