Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Camping with the grandkids

While the grandkids were on spring break, it was decided that we would take them camping, along with their mother.  The motorhome was still in the driveway after we had just returned from the FMCA Perry Rally. We headed to the Anchors Away campground in Foley, Al for two nights of camping.  Our first stop was to see the just opened Buc-ee’s gas station.  Haley and I waited in the RV.

The kids spent a lot of time having fun in the playground across from our campsite and riding their bikes.

While we have visited Foley numerous times, we have not done a lot of sightseeing since we were mostly here for RV club outings.  This time we visited some attractions that the kids could enjoy.  First was the Foley train station museum located next door to the visitor’s center.  The museum is in the Louisville and Nashville railroad station built in 1909.  The exhibits explore the railroads role in the thriving agricultural industry in the Foley area.  The kids most enjoyed the model train layout in the back section of the station.  The operators entertained the kids with explanations of how everything worked. It was a big hit with them.

Just a short walk down the street, we found the museum of the first hospital in BaldwinCounty that served the area from 1936 thru 1958. The museum is located on the second story of the building where the hospital was located.  The driving force behind it was Dr Holmes who founded it.  The city block that houses the museum is still owned by the Holmes family.

The last outing was to the Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Charlotte Amalie, ST Thomas

5 Dec 2018

Our next port was Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. We decided on an historic tour of the city and surrounding area.  Its history is steeped in the lore of the age of Caribbean pirates with Black Beard having a castle on the heights above the city.  Today it is primarily a tourist destination known for its Danish Colonial architecture.  Because of hurricane damage some of the sites were closed for repair but we did get to see the view from Blackbeard’s castle.  

Our last stop on the tour proved to be the most interesting, the Pirates Treasure Museum, near the waterfront.  It has a fantastic collection of pirate treasure and history. The staff of the museum are the folks who found the ships and the treasure and have a vast knowledge of the exhibits.  One member was dressed in a pirate costume I am sure everyone will recognize. We spent as long as we could looking at the exhibits and talking with the staff, until we had to leave to board the ship for departure.  This is a must see in Charlotte Amalie.

Our last port was Philipsburg, St Marten.  It also has seen heavy damage from the hurricane season, but the waterfront was open for business with some repairs still underway.  We just walked some of the shopping streets and enjoyed the scenery for a couple of hours before heading back to the ship.