Hey all ya cool cats and armadillos! We have been in southern Alabama for the past five weeks. We wish you were here with us. Then you could make us some sammiches.
We will be here for another three weeks before making our way up to North Carolina.
This past week was a blur! My parents and baby sister were here and we packed in as much activity as we possibly could.
Time is a Flying
The next three weeks are going to fly by too. This week I am prepping for the following two weeks which are going to be extremely busy workwise. Not only will I be glued to my computer for a few weeks, Zach will be heading to Arkansas to be there during his father’s knee replacement.
In other words, before we know it we will be saying goodbye to one of our favorite places, the Heart of Dixie.
Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer Cheer
We’re gonna beat the hell out of you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give ’em hell, Alabama!
Sweet Home Alabama
Southern Alabama (Foley and Gulf Shores) is the only place we revisited from our trip around the U.S. last year. Every place we have been before now has been new to us. We love it, love it, love it.
If we 1000% needed sunshine and mostly warm days we would have stayed in the southwest. However, we need a place that offers more than just warm weather, therefore we choose to come to the southeast. The trade off is that there are more colder days this time of year (50s – 60s is cold for me) than I truly prefer.
Hurricane Sally and COVID
Hurricane Sally caused a lot of destruction to this area in September. So, not only are there downsides to travel at this time due to COVID, but also due to the hurricane. It has been very sad to have the Mardis Gras parades and the half marathon I was training for cancelled. We are still finding many ways to enjoy our time here and even find things to do that we did not know existed.
Surprise! Yep, it was a surprise for us to be kayaking down the Magnolia river just five minutes from our RV camp and come across a pod of dolphins. It was a very surreal experience.
A fisherman came by that day to tell us that this time of year the dolphins fish in the river. With this knowledge we took my parents kayaking the same time of day and low and behold we saw dolphins in the river again.
While my family was visiting we stayed at a condo on the beach. On a sunny day we saw dolphins just off the shore fishing.
Jena and Kayla (baby sister) boogie boarding.
Zach on stage with Big Earl at the Floribama.
New Attractions We’ve Discovered
- Bamahenge: A replica of Stonehenge
- Florabama: Music venue on the Florida/Alabama border
- OWA: A shopping and entertainment center
- Legends in Concert: Show of impersonators
- Biloxi, Mississippi: Casinos 😉
- Boogie Boarding
- Johnson’s Beach National Seashore
- The Wharf at Orange Beach
National Champs: Crimson Tide
Alabama Crimson Tide won the National Championship in Football this year. Go sports. I don’t care for football but I do like to yell “Roll Tide” when appropriate and even more so when inappropriate. Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer is a chant I’ve learned this year.
Rather than recreate info on this cheer, here is a link for you to read about it (to read use your eyes and your brain).
Jena at Bamahenge
I hope you get a chance to visit this area one day. It is a treasure. When you do, please let me know I would be happy to tell you about all of the hot spots.
On our way up to North Carolina we will be stopping in a few new places. If you have been to Savannah, Georgia or Hilton Head Island, South Carolina please let us know what we can’t miss.
Thanks for reading. Glad you can use your eyes and your brain.