Dodging a Hurricane

Just as we were packing Dixie Pixie for our annual camp out with family, Florida was under a hurricane warning. We’re accustomed to Hurricane season and do our best to secure our home, but we weren’t going to let this one (Elsa) spoil our camping plans. So the day it made landfall southwest of us, we headed northwest.

We outran the storm but not the rain. The nice part of rainy weather in the south in summer, though, is cooler temperatures. Rain didn’t spoil our trip and we had fun.

One of our favorite RV parks in Alabama is Cullman Campground in Cullman, Alabama. It’s quiet and rural yet not too far from I-65 or shopping and restaurants. The staff are friendly and very accommodating.

Although we enjoy cooking our dinners, we usually have breakfast at the nearby Cracker Barrel. Here’s my nephew Joe and his wife, Vicki.

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

I managed to get in my exercise by walking the campground. The paved roads wind throughout the campground past a pond filled with ducks and a pony corral past old agricultural implements from the property’s origin as a farm.

Fitbit tracking.

This was a family visit more than a sightseeing camp out. We returned to an undamaged home (we hadn’t even lost electricity) and a yard filled with limbs and other storm debris. We thoroughly enjoyed dodging a tropical storm, too. If you’re traveling 65 through Alabama and need a campsite, check out Cullman Campground. You’re welcome.

Camping Again

A year after the COVID19 started keeping folks at home, people are traveling again. RV sales are up, campgrounds are booked, and most of us seniors have our vaccinations. So we headed back to Mississippi with our RV friends, Dave and Judy.

This time we stayed at the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis. Despite a rainy first day, we had an enjoyable stay. The RV park is very nice, equipped with a clean bathhouse, laundry, full hookups, paved level sites, and a walking path. The casino is within walking distance.

Judy, Cheryl, and Nova.
Butch, Dave, and Nova

While Judy and I don’t mind cooking, we enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner. Technically, it wasn’t a buffet because only masked and gloved staff handled utensils. Their servings were very generous and the food delicious. Dining was by reservation only to control spacing and crowd size.

The casino had a nonsmoking floor that offered a variety of gaming. As usual, Butch and I lost our gambling money, but Judy and Dave were luckier. We had lots of fun. It’s great to be out again!

I highly recommend this RV park.

If you’re a Good Sam member, you get a discount.

Mississippi: A Sure Bet for Fun and Food

We recently joined our friends at the Boomtown Casino RV Park in D’Iberville, Mississippi (near Biloxi) for a midweek getaway.

Butch, Judy, and Dave enjoying the mild Gulf Coast weather.

Dixie Pixie had full hookups at the RV Park. We enjoyed walking to nearby casinos and along the bay, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise for us and Nova. The Scarlet Pearl, where we ate our Valentine’s Day dinner, and Pepe’s Bosque Mexican restaurant, where we celebrated Butch’s birthday, were just a short drive away.

Happy birthday, Butch.
An authentic King Cake served as Butch’s birthday cake.

The Gulf Coast was celebrating Mardi Gras, and Casinos were decorated accordingly. While typically associated with New Orleans, Mardi Gras originated in Mobile, Alabama, and is still observed all along the Gulf Coast.

Butch and I by the Mardi Gras tree in the Palace.

We returned home well rested and well fed!