We left the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Valentines Day and headed for the Plantation Escapee RV Park in Summerdale, Alabama, just a short hop from Pensacola. We arrived early enough to do laundry and attend the SKP social hour held everyday at 4:00. Yes, I know its Valentines Day, but isn't everyday Valentines Day when you are an RVer and retired?
This SKP park is one of the nicest parks in the SKP system. The sites are all on grass with enough space between sights to give a little privacy. There are also lots of long term residents here and the sites are nicely appointed. The club house has all kinds of activities and a Valentines Dinner was being served of Cordon bleu chicken, which was passed. Fresh shrimp purchased from Joe Patti market in Pensacola was on our menu for the evening.
We had planned only to stay two nights at the SKP park, while Joel waited for a UPS package which was suppose to arrive early Wednesday afternoon and didn't arrive until much, much later in the day. The plan was to receive the documents and then drop them off at the UPS store the same day and explore the area, but obviously that didn't happen until Thursday. Instead we drove over to Fairhope, which was suppose to have quaint little shopping "French Quarter" district. The French Quarter had a myriad of speciality shops and eateries, but I don't think "quaint" describes this shopping district. To me, "quaint" brings back memories of Carmel By the Sea in California. The trees were all lit up in the shopping district making for easy walking at night even though it was drizzling rain, but by no means a quaint French Quarter. We stopped in a small Italian Bistro for dinner, which was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday night and the food was OK.
Thursday, Joel discovered a leak in his HHO generator (a new add on that is suppose to increase fuel mileage...I'll blog about it sometime after he has put some more mileage on), so not only did we need to go to a UPS store Thursday morning, we also had to track down new fittings to fix the leak in the HHO system. Oh well, we had a chance to explore some of this part of Alabama including Orange Beach, Foley, and part of the gulf....all very congested with high rises limiting beach access. On our way back to the SKP park, Joel spotted a cinema theater so we stopped to see what was playing. We were just in time to attend the new movie with Tom Hanks: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. (you gotta love this life style where you can be so spontaneous). The movie is a very powerful movie with a very creative story take on 911. I would highly recommend it.
Finally, Saturday we hitched up and headed for New Orleans with an over night stop at the Davis Bayou Campground which is part of the Mississippi Gulf Islands National Seashore, near Ocean Springs Mississippi.
This was a very nice cozy campground with some hookups. Our timing was perfect, because shortly after we arrived the skies opened up and poured rain and the the sky lit up with lightening and thunder....very, very, close. In fact, the power went out. The next morning I observed our neighbor who was tent camping and driving a little Miata hanging out her worldly possessions to dry. Hmm., I wondered if she spent the night in the rest room. Been there, Done that. Happy to be in the Big House! We walked the short nature trail not far from the camp sites. There aren't any beaches here, but lots of bayous home to alligators and water fowl. The campground has been rebuilt since Katrina and we visited the very nice rebuilt visitor center before leaving.
Onward to New Orleans tomorrow (Sunday)