Just as we were packingDixie Pixiefor 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 outranthe 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 tripand 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.
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.
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.
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 enjoyablestay. 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.
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 spacingand 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!
We recently joined our friends at the Boomtown Casino RV Park in D’Iberville, Mississippi (near Biloxi) for a midweek getaway.
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.
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.