A week or so ago, we attended a rally of our FMCA
BATS club in Foley, Al. It was held at
the Anchors Aweigh RV Park. Following
on our previous posts about different types of places to stay, we would call
this campground a more comfortable way to camp.
All spots were paved, level and spacious. The grounds were very well kept and perhaps
had the best grass in a campground we have seen in a long time. Sites include
free (working) Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Since we were there with a good size group we had
complete access to the clubhouse for our events. Again a very nice building that was clean and
We normally do not use campground pools but this one
looked so inviting, we used it several times.
The spa was also very nice. It
was quiet during the period we were there, but there are playgrounds,
volleyball, and other attractions for the active set. I am sure it will be different in the winter
with lots of snow birds.
There are lots of things to do in the Foley area.
For those who enjoy shopping, the outlets and other stores are nearby. We
actually went to two movies while there at a newer movie theatre between Foley
and Gulf Shores, AL. We plan on returning here in the future.
Before our planned family visits farther south, we
stopped at the Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, IL We were hoping that they would have a site
for us. There was no office and check-in
was with the camp host, if you had no reservation. As it turned out, there was only one other RV
in the campground and it was just like us, so we had our choice of sites. The campground was well laid out and lots of
trees for shade. In talking with the
camp host, he indicated that he had not seen it this quiet in some time.
Fort Massac is a short walk from the campground and
sits on the bank of the Ohio River.
First built in 1757 by the French, it played a role in American history
for over 100 years. The fort is
currently closed to the public for renovations but you can walk around the site
and visit the nearby visitor center which has displays and information about
the history of the fort and the local area.
What we did not know until we drove around town was
the connection to Superman. In 1972, DC
Comics declared Metropolis the home town of Superman. There is a
Museum near courthouse square and a very large statue of Superman in
front of the courthouse. Around town you
will find other characters from the comic series. Every June there is a Superman celebration
which draws large crowds from around the world.
Finally, if you enjoy casinos, there is a Harrah's
casino/hotel complex along the river.
After visiting Bayfield, it was time to head south
towards home. Since we had a deadline,
we were now taking a direct route. Our
first stop on that route was Wausau, WI.
We found a county park with camping within the city limits. Besides the campground, there is walking trails,
an outdoor stage, and several other
buildings including a large horse barn and arena.
The campground had only a handful campers. We found out that the campground would be
closed the next day for a fair that was going to take place over the
weekend. So our timing was just lucky. It is close to the interstate and makes a
good overnight stop for $20 with water and electric.
Our second stop was more interesting. We located the Hickory Hill campground in
Secor, IL. It was just a few miles off
our route in farm country. When we arrived, they were very friendly and said
they could get us in but that they were very busy. They had an overflow spot available. It was clearly very full and many seasonal campers,
with most of them obviously there a long time.
We followed the golf cart into the campground and
down a short road. She came up to me and
said the road was ours, park however you
want. We had water and electric
available. It is the first time ever
that we have been assigned a road as our camping spot.
When we checked
in, the office let us know that the reason they were so full was that they had
a large deaf group rally going on in the park.
Our closest neighbors were with the rally and we saw but did not
understand the many conversations going on around us.
When we walked the park, it was larger than it first
appeared and full of seasonal campers. Some of the rigs must have been on the same
spot for thirty years. Many campgrounds
have rules about what you can and cannot do with your spot including the type
and design of structures. This one apparently
does not. We enjoyed walking around seeing
how permanent campers altered their spots over the years.
This campground has a lot of activities. The sites are not paved and some not very
level, but there are some good transient sites that can accommodate large rigs. The staff was friendly and very helpful. If you are looking for a different overnight
spot, this could be it.