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May 11, 2012 - USS Ala, May 10- May 11

We were planning to leave early but someone ( blond) left a light on in the camper so we had a dead battery. We had to purchase a battery charger. Left at 4:00 for De Funiak springs. Stayed overnight at a campground on a lake. Left for USS Alabamma 9:30. Saw the battleship, submarine and some planes. Left for Biloxi, Ms . Staying overnight at Marttins lake resort. Cooked out but then it began to rain. We were able to go for a walk. Heading for Breaux Bridege, La in A.M.

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May 1, 2012 - A good travel day

We traveled today from Perry, Fla. to just outside Mobile, Alabama. We went along SR 98 which took us along the Gulf Coast most of the way. Some really nice towns and beautiful Gulf waters. We are staying in a Coast to Coast Resort which is a camping organization we belong to. $10.00 for the night with full hook ups and a nice pool. Can't beat it! The Margarita's are good and we are barbecuing some chicken on the grill. Hope all is well with everyone. Gary & Penny PS The truck ran fine today!

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Apr 24, 2012 - Tuesday Morning heading to Mobile Al

Got in yesterday late afternoon and felt a bit road foundered today our coach comes off the assembly line!!! exciting day for us wishing we could see that happen but will be happy with seeing it roll into the dealership...another travel day today We arrived at 2:15 to Shady Acres Campground...nothing to write home about but a good stopping point..and we made an amazing siting of VW bus with hippies on board.....tomorrow we will drive to Tallahassee then on into Orlando on Thursday....

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Mar 14, 2012 - Bellingrath Gardens

It wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t get a chance to visit a public garden or two. When we traveled with the boys we always made a deal: we would do things that they wanted to do as long as they didn’t complain when mom wanted to go to a garden. It so happens that we visited Bellingrath with them in Spring 2000 when we took our then brand new pop-up camper to the Mississippi and the Alabama Coast. They tolerated the house and gardens with the promise of a boat ride on the river. Bellingrath is just outside of Mobile, AL and was founded as...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Mobile, AL Day Trip

As I mentioned in an earlier journal, the birthplace of Mardi Gras was really in Mobile, AL, not in New Orleans. The city has a great Mardi Gras Museum that we visited one afternoon - it was very interesting and we really enjoyed talking to both docents on duty - the docent in the gift shop was a Mobile Mardi Gras Queen over 50 years ago - she is still incredibly beautiful and of course, a true southern lady. The docent who gave us our tour was also very pretty and very knowledgeable about Mobile's Mardi Gras history, but she said she was...

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Feb 12, 2012 - South to the Gulf

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...

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Feb 10, 2012 - The Trace Day 2

Had a nice walk around Stinkin’ Jim’s horse camp before heading back to the Trace. Another leisurely drive. Stopped at French Camp, a restored 1820-1850 spot on the Trace where the French build a small settlement. It’s been restored by the French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school. We were told by a number of people along the way that they made the best sandwiches and the meat was stacked high. I thought a deli sandwich with 3-4 inches of corned beef. Wrong 3 slices of beef ½ inch high, but the bread was homemade. Took the sandwich...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Mobile, AL

Reserved a campsite at Shady Acres Campground, 2500 Military Rd, Mobile, AL for 2 days. Hope to visit Dauphin Island beaches. Rainy drive to Mobile. I was there by 2 and set up by 2:30. Nice big site and quiet. No-one right next to my campsite and real close to showers and laundry. I even got a key to the door. Went for a walk on the Nature Trail with Ace to the River. Really swampy looking. Is there alligators in there? I didn't let Ace get too close. Got lost going for a oyster supper so I came back when dark and ate frozen dinner....

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Jan 23, 2012 - Mobile, Alabama

Destination # 68: Mobile, Alabama Mileage: 83 miles (from Navarre, FL) Arrive: Monday, January 23, 2012 Depart: Monday, January 23, 2012 • Monday, January 23  We are heading for New Orleans today with a short detour into Mobile, AL, to tour the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park.

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Canada & USA Journey

Dec 1, 2011 - Atlanta and Gulf Shores Alabama

We were north of Atlanta for a few days after Thanksgiving, spending time with one of our dearest friends (Kathleen Connors) and an adopted family member. We try to stop by when we are in the deep south. We’ve known each other since our first winter in Baltimore (1983-1984) when I was pregnant with Jennifer. We met at St. Vincent’s Center in Timonium. She was a consultant to Sister Grace the Director. It’s really sort of strange because this is also how we met Ruby MacDonnell, another adopted family member. She too was a consultant at St....

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Oct 18, 2011 - Mobile, AL

Came across a very pleasant find in Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens, which was not far from our campsite. The gardens were the home of a Coke Bottler in Mobile and given to the city along with an endowment from the sale of coke stock to maintain the facility. We spent most of the day at the gardens, before taking a drive out to Dauphin Island. No signs of passed Hurricanes or oil spill, except that most of the homes looked new. Lots of homes for sale thou. We were surprised at just how close the oil rigs are to shore and how many we could...

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Winding River Resort

Feb 17, 2011 - Mobile, AL

We headed for Mobile one sunny day with some RV park friends to visit the old part of town and some of the antebellum homes there. Mobile is about an hour and 20 minute drive from the RV park. First we went to Old Fort Condé where the visitor center is located on an old street made of bricks – not quite as quaint as a cobblestoned street but still very pretty. Fort Condé was originally founded in 1702 “up river” from the current city of Mobile, but the original fort and village were relocated in 1711 to the current site. A temporary wooden...

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