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.