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Jun 27, 2018 - Alabama Fan Museum and Little River Canyon

We first went to the Alabama Fan Museum that has just reopened after a year of renovation. Really great - has videos of their performances, biographical info on them including childhood photos and photos with various celebrities. The original touring blue van is on display as well as many of their guitars and performance outfits. The museum has a list of their 43 number one hits. We then were checking out of the gift shop when Randy Owen came in and we took a picture with him. What a quiet and nice man to offer a photo as he came in...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Unclaimed Baggage

Today we drove to Scottsboro to see the Unclaimed Baggage place, it’s been here for 40+ years and has been on the bucket list for awhile. There are all kinds of things here, lots of clothes but electronics, sports goods, books too. Just about anything people will take on a plane and leave behind. Ray got a new/refurbished IPad Air 2 with 64 mg and ATT for $239, and then a temporary case for $6. I got books including Brett Baier’s 3 days in January for $3 and some great paperbacks for $2. Ray also got some shirts and a Timex watch. All good...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Fort Payne

We are at Wills Creek RV park that is OK but spot is not too level. As usual, if it’s not so great for us it’s great for the kitties as there are birds, rabbits and dogs to take care of. There is rain forecast each day but today we were fortunate as we were set up before the storm came through. We are on the foothills of Lookout Mountain so it’s very scenic. We are now without RV park WIFI, if we were in the closest spot to the office we would have it but then the Dish would be problematic so Ray has tethered the data from the IPhone to the...

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Jun 5, 2017 - Sightseeing Day

We spent the day sightseeing Ft Payne and surrounding areas driving mountains and valleys and our little car met the challenge - Jennifer :)- as we tried to fit as much as we could into the day. We didn't make it to the Cathedral Caverns as it would have taken us a good 4+ hours and there just wasn't enough day. We had a light shower today but for the most part the weather God's were good to us we drove the rim of the Little River Canyon (and I scored another medallion for my walking stick), stopped at every overlook we could along Lookout...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Day 2 - Driving through central Alabama

Today we decided it'd be a see some of central Alabama day. We left Lake Eufaula area and drove west and north traveling through Tuskegee National Forest on the backroads and designated scenic highways. We continued north passing Lake Martin and into Talladega National Forest past Cheahg Mountain .. the tallest in Alabama ...eventually landing in Ft. Payne at Desoto State Park. The drive was beautiful and so is the weather. There were almost no places to pull over to take pictures but we did find one pullover spot. The pictures are taken at...

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Apr 23, 2017 - visitors!

On Friday morning, Steve and I took a ride into Ft. Payne to Wally World to pick up a few things and filled BAT up with diesel. On the way back to the park, we stopped at a roadside pulloff called The Barnyard and had our pictures taken with a car-part robot. The rest of the place was closed, but apparently the guy that owns it creates creatures out of old car parts. We saw one creature in the background, but unless we scaled a fence, we couldn't get a closeup. Back at Mo, we settled in the gravity chairs and watched more campers start to...

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2017 Life in our RV

Apr 20, 2017 - DeSoto State Park

We left Wind Creek State Park on Tuesday morning and headed northeast 130 miles to Ft. Payne and Desoto State Park. Steve was brave enough to let me pull Mo for the first time! I did pretty good if I must say so myself. Steve wasn't white-knuckled or screaming while curled up in a fetal position, so I guess he thought I did okay too! We had one little scare on Hwy 77 between Rainbow City and Southside when we saw a trestle with a height of 13'9". We are about 13'2" tall so any overhead measurement less than 14' has me a little on edge. All...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Little River Canyon

Now it is on to our campground and then we go looking for Little River Canyon. This is said to be the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Due to the draught conditions here there is little water in the river and flowing over the falls but it is still a very pretty area.

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Apr 6, 2016 - Alabama Waterfalls

On Wednesday, we were heading into Alabama to get some waterfalls in another state. We drove towards Chattanooga and took I-59 south through Georgia and into Alabama. We first headed to Gadsden to see Noccalula Falls. The impressive 90-foot waterfall is right in town. The city has a park here, complete with petting zoo and mini-golf. But we were only here to see the waterfall, so rather than paying to enter the park, we just walked over to see the waterfall. We would have had to wait for it to open as well. A statue near the rim was of a...

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Oct 22, 2015 - ALABAMA BEAUTIFUL! Who knew?

It took two weeks but we happily got all our RV service work completed at the Tiffin Service Center in Red Bay, Alabama. Crazily, I do not mind going there for service. Tiffin Service is fantastic. Marty is able to watch, assist and learn from the techs as they work on our coach. At the end of the day, we simply drive out of the service bay and back to our campsite. For me, the most difficult issues of visiting Red Bay are the lack quality restaurants, well-stocked grocery stores and tragically, it is a dry county. Knowing this, I prepare...

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Jul 1, 2013 - OTRA - AL - Ft. Payne

7/1/13Wow, did we get an early start this beautiful morning (9:30 a.m.)...and wow, is it good we did because as we were cruising along I-59 on our way to Ft. Payne, I noticed a strange noise as we went over two of the bridges over the creeks about 20 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Moved the right side mirror and saw something flapping in the wind! Pulled over and lo and behold, the right rear tire on the Ti was completely shredded!! And of course, it had to break the fender on it's way out. We just replaced that tire and that fender last year....

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Jun 23, 2013 - DeSoto State Park

While in Nashville we had wanted to visit Chattanooga, but it was too far for a day trip. Someone had suggested we check out Desoto State Park which is just south of there in Northeast Alabama. Remembering how nice Oak Mountain State Park was (see previous blog), we decided to head there. We weren't disappointed - the park is beautiful. Having gone through a recent $3 million dollar renovation, the spots are to die for. They're all 60' spurs with 50 amp power, water, sewer and cable. In addition, they're all very private and well spaced...

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