Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alabamy Bound

We left Eileen and Tom Tuesday as they continued south on I-95 toward home and their appointment to address the motorhome issues.  We took I-295 west, picking up I-10 and heading west.  We spent a night in Chattahoochee FL in a less than stellar KOA.  We only had about 200 miles to go Wednesday so we took our time stopping at the Pensacola rest stop and the Alabama Welcome Center.

Florida has the nicest rest areas out there.  They are about every 30 miles, beautifully landscaped with walking areas marked off in mileage to get your exercise in, large RV spots to park, clean restrooms and covered picnic tables that are clean and do not need repair.  They even have truck windshield washers as you pull out.  Ted didn't get close but our height set it off missing us entirely.

We are now in Foley, AL.  Yesterday we took a ride down to the beach area.  It looks the same as South Padre, Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach, Hilton Head, etc. with lots of hotels, shops and tall condos.  It is disappointing that there are so few public access places.  We only saw three from Gulf Shores to Orange Beach. We parked at the beach pavilion and walked over the dunes on a boardwalk.  The sand is white as sugar but the water is not as blue as at Destin in Florida's panhandle on the Emerald Coast.

We decided to go to Lambert's, home of the "throwed" rolls, for dinner.  There are two others in Sikeston MO and between Springfield and Branson, also in MO.  It is a must stop when we stay in Sikeston while traveling that way.  We had a great dinner and enough for lunch today.  You order a meal and then servers walk around with several dishes you can have and carts of yeast rolls.  If you want one, wave your hand and they throw it to you.  I put the cup there to show its size.

Today we spent the morning in the lazy river of the swimming pool and Ted came down the enclosed circular slides a few times.  I was doing the laundry and going back and forth to the building which was right next door.  When we finished that, we dressed and went shopping.  I bought a few summer things on clearance for next summer in Europe.  I plan to keep them separate so they don't look all washed up by the time we leave in mid August.  Ted found a few small things for the trailer.

We came home and he washed the trailer and grilled some chicken for dinner.  Tomorrow we are going to the Naval Air Station Museum in Pensacola for the day.  This is the home of the Blue Angels.

U.S. Navy Cancels Blue Angels 2013 Performances

SAN DIEGO, Calif. The Navy has cancelled the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The squadron will continue to train to maintain flying proficiency until further notice at its home station in Pensacola, Fla.

Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.

This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.

The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the professionalism and capabilities of our Navy and Marine Corps Naval Aviation team, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue aerial demonstrations in the future as the budget situation permits. 

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