Sunday, March 20, 2011

National Naval Aviation Museum, Fun at the Shell Station and Corinth Recreation Area, Double Springs, AL

We enjoyed our stay at Fort Pickens so much that we extended our planned one week  stay by a couple more days. We would have loved to stay longer, but our site was reserved by another party and our tanks were full, so it was time to go :)  Fort Pickens is a Corp of Engineer park and does not have sewer hookups at each site, only water and electric. There is a dump site conveniently located on the way out of the park . So on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, we hitched up, dumped our tanks and headed north.

A couple days prior to this, we drove into Pensacola to visit the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. IMGP2065 We had heard from daughter Carrie that it was not to be missed. She was right. It’s an awesome museum.  And, it’s free! It contains more than 150 restored aircraft and 4000 artifacts from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. IMGP2090 IMGP2070 IMGP2071 IMGP2072 IMGP2078 IMGP2079 IMGP2083 IMGP2084 The Blue Angels practice there a couple times a week. We missed them the day we were there, but they practiced the following day and we saw their planes fly over our campground. We were just on the other side of the sound from them. I was leisurely having my coffee that morning when I started hearing the noise. Unfortunately, by the time I figured out what was happening and threw some clothes on, they were done and my photo ops disappeared :( Darn!

The displays and accompanying documentation kept us occupied for hours. Here’s a representation of the type of atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan to end the 2nd World War.IMGP2074

And here is a model of the Navy’s  newest Flattop, the USS George H.W. Bush.


We stopped to enjoy lunch at the Cubi Bar Cafe’. The club which originally was located at Subic Bay in the Philippines, was dismantled, packed into crates and reconstructed in Pensacola.IMGP2089 It’s very close to the original cafe’, menu and all, minus the 15 cent hot dogs and beers :)

We each had a sandwich and chips. The prices were reasonable and the sandwiches were pretty good. Not the best we’ve had, but certainly not the worst. (Sorry, we were too hungry and ate our food before I even thought to take a picture!)

A couple days later we were leaving the Florida Panhandle and re-entering Alabama. We have spent more time in Alabama this year than any other state. Our destination that Thursday was Montgomery. We arrived at the Montgomery South RV Park mid afternoon. This is a fairly new, nice, clean park. It is definitely not a destination park but is perfect for a night or 2 as you’re passing through. We settled in and then I took off to find the Costco in Montgomery. We were almost out of coffee and I took advantage of the opportunity to stock up on several other things in the process. I’m finding it difficult to stop ‘bulk shopping’ like I used to do in our house. I do have a residential refrig/freezer and another freezer in our closet, so it’s not imperative that I stop. I do worry about all the extra weight I add to the coach for traveling though. If I ever send out an SOS to come to a BIG cookout, you’ll know that we weighed and were way, way overweight!! Bring your appetites and the beverage of your choice :)

We spent 2 nights at Montgomery South RV Park, giving us enough time to catch up on some laundry and watch some March Madness on TV. On Saturday morning, we pulled out and headed further north on I-65. We stopped for diesel at a Shell station just outside Birmingham. The price was right ($3.799-I can’t believe I think that’s good, but compared to other places, yes it is!) and it looked to be an easy in/out type place. First impressions are sometimes deceiving and this one proved to be so. What we thought was a drive around the back ended up being a drive to a cement wall :) I scoped it out while Rick fueled and we made the decision to disconnect the Jeep and maneuver the coach around into a Y turn to get out of there. Fortunately we had a couple understanding people and they abandoned their pumps to give us space to turn. Once we were pointed in the right direction, we were able to re-hitch and get back on the highway. Whew! Not the most fun but it was doable. I’m sure it was entertaining to some :)


We proceeded to the Corinth Recreation Area of the Bankhead National Forest close to Double Springs, AL.

Here’s our new backyard…  IMGP2099 and Rick enjoying our new backyard :)


and here’s our  site from the road.


We settled in, took a walk to explore our surroundings and settled in for the evening. This is a lovely place and everyone is super friendly. We’ve already had 2 job offers to volunteer as camp hosts should we want to . We may just take them up on it for a month in the Fall. We’ll see.

We’ll be here until next Saturday.

As I close I must say “Congratulations” to our NC Tarheels on advancing to the Sweet 16. We’ll be watching and cheering again on Friday night! :)

Thanks for stopping in. Happy Spring and as always, comments are welcome and appreciated.


  1. You're doing so well!
    Good to see UNC is still in the playoffs. Have fun. Thanks for posting.

  2. I am trying so hard to break the habit of bulk shopping. We have been trying to buy one week at a time but it is really difficult.

  3. It has happened to us too...we hate being the provider of entertainment in those "dead end" situations!


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