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Parked at Goosepond Colony

The lake near our RV site at Goosepond Colony

A great restaurant at Guntersville, AL

The four of us at the Dock Restaurant

On Sunday, Sept. 25 we pulled away from Tuscaloosa and headed north towards our destination of Refro Valley, KY. We had signed on to this Newmar Kountry Klub tour several months ago, knowing that the Razorbacks had an open date and then a "patsy" game in Little Rock the next week. So we figured we could miss one game for this two week adventure ending with a great bluegrass festival at Renfro Valley. Raymond and Glenda Arey traveled with us, choosing to "follow our white car" the whole way. Raymond has health problems, so we were happy to lead and to take our time so that he and Glenda could enyoy the trip at a liesurely pace.

Our first stop was some 200 miles to the northeast corner of Alabama where we found Goosepond Colony RV Park. I had seen in the new Rand-McNally Road Atlas where there was a great "top ten" restaurant near Scottsboro, The Docks, on a lake there. So, what better reason to stop? We checked into the park for two nights, figuring the restaurant would be open on Monday. But no...they were closed on both Sunday and Monday! So we checked out the area on Monday and found another great restaurant some 25 miles away in Guntersville. But first, we also checked out Scottsboro's main attraction (or so it seemed): The Unclaimed Baggage Center! Lots of stuff, supposedly left behind on planes, trains, buses, subways, etc. from all over the country. Some, maybe, but most? Doubtful. Bought a few books for reading later. Drove around some and then that evening traveled over to our new found restaurant, Top of the River. It was a really great place! When we got back to the campground we had decided to lay over another day here so we could eat at the Docks tomorrow night!

Tuesday was a lazy day in the park. I thought about playing golf (an 18 hold course was next to the park) but decided to get out the woodcarving tools instead. Nearly completed the companion piece to the old sea captain.

The Dock restaurant was located barely over a mile from our RV park. Sure enough it is on the lake and it had a nice view of the lake. We opted to sit inside as it was a bit windy on the deck. The signature dish was my choice for an entree, shrimp and grits! In all honesty, it was not the best choice. The owners told us that we were the very first customers who had shown up as a result of the Rand McNally rating. In our opinion, they might have been overrated.

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