Friday we decided to head to Gulf Shores, AL to visit some friends from our Ohio Winnebago group. They are staying in the Gulf Shores State Park. This was a good chance to catch up on what they have been doing, since our paths have not crossed much in the last few years.
It was also a chance to revisit Gulf Shores. Anneke’s Aunt and Uncle regularly stayed in the Gulf Shores State Park during their RVing years. Since they came to Florida for our daughter’s wedding, they wanted to drive over to Gulf Shores and see what damage occurred when Hurricane Ivan passed over the area during the summer. They were truly shocked by the damage both to the city and the state park campground. At the time, we could not get very far into the campground as they were still cleaning up the mess.
On our return visit, we have found the state park restored and the campground better than ever, with new facilities and nearly 500 sites with full hookups. Our friends John and Verna were in a nice spot and plan to stay at least for a few more months. After touring the campground, we headed for town for lunch at one of the snowbird’s favorites. After enjoying our lunch and catching up, we went to town and were pleased to see how well the area has recovered. The landmark Souvenir City shop was back to its old self. The hurricane had placed five feet of water throughout the store nearly destroying it including the extra large shark out front. There are still some empty lots, but by in large things are looking pretty good.
We did take a few pictures during that visit back in Dec 2004 and are a stark contrast to the condition today.