Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Three one night stands

On the way home from the rally, we stopped for one night at  Gulf State park.  This park is very popular for snow birds and is one of the few in the state that actually makes a profit.($46 a night waterfront)  It is located near the beach in Gulf Shores, AL with lots of tourist attractions to keep the everyone entertained. We came here to enjoy the quiet of the park in what could be considered the off season, but the park was far from empty.  We chose a water front site along a small lake adjacent to the campground.  With your camping fee you also have access to the fishing pier on the Gulf.  It proved to be an interesting stroll on the pier.  There was a large school of small fish near the pier and  five sharks were feeding furiously on them.  We had a ring side seat for the show.   Unfortunately the light and water color did not make for good pictures. I wondered what the nearby swimmers would think if they knew that five good size sharks in a feeding mood were just a few yards away from them.










Our second one night stop on our way home, was Fort Pickens National Park Campground.  We have visited this park a number of times but have never stayed at the campground since it is so close to our home.  It has two camping sections.  Like most national parks, the camp sites tend to be rustic and not always level. There is plenty of hiking and historic sites to keep you busy.  The fort was active at various times between 1834 and 1947.  You can visit pre-civil war structures on the same site with WWII bunkers.  On this trip, we enjoyed a wonderful beach sunset just a short stroll from our campsite.












Out third one night stop was this past weekend.  We decided it was time to let our two grandkids spend the night in the motorhome, along with their mother.  In our motorhome, this was really a full load.   The obvious place to go was back  to the Anchors Away campground in Foley, where the FMCA rally was held. A kid friendly pool and playground was ideal.  I think they had a good time, between the pool and just running around like crazy, they pretty much wore themselves out.  Nico spent quite a bit of time Sunday on my lap while the ladies visited the outlets.  I am hoping to fully recover from sleeping on the fold down dinette soon.














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11 comments:

Laura Skjenna said...

that beach! Love that you had a camp out with the grands.

Gypsy said...

It's too scary for words to think of people swimming in waters with sharks nearby. I always loved having my grandchildren visit me in my RV. They find so many questions to ask.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Gulf State park is beautiful. We just left that area a few days ago.
Thanks for the photos of Fort Pickens NPC. We might stay there the next time we go to FL.
We just aren't as young as we used to be, but what fun to have the grandkids over.

Sherry said...

Boy you are daring to squeeze the 3 of them into your little View. LOL at "I am hoping to fully recover"! Great pictures of the kids it sure looks like they had a great time. Love your pictures of Fort Pickens. If it weren't for Michael I'd love to be there right now.

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Always nice to spend time with the grands even if we give up our own comforts.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Bob and Jo said...

Packed a lot into those 1 night stands, wait that doesn't sound right :-)

Peter + Beatrix said...

Camping fees are getting quite juicy in some ppopular places.

Nickie Jim said...

We spent a lot of time at Gulf Shores St Pk when we lived near Fish River. One of the recent hurricanes (which one? I'm not sure, but maybe Ivan in 2004.) roared through Gulf Shores and took out many of the pine trees at the state park, which altered its look completely. Not much shade there anymore. Price has gone WAY up, too! We've kayaked in that small lake, but I sure wouldn't go swimming in it! Especially now! Nice pics.

Katherine Batterton said...

How big were the sharks?? I very much enjoyed the sunset pictures & the picture of Heather & the kids watching while Dad does the heavy lifting :)

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Hey, they should rename the View the Sardine Can. You showed it can work! :cD

Wanderin' said...

That certainly would have been interesting to watch the fishing frenzy. What a great place to stay.