Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Surprise Visitor and An Open Door…


We have been at Corinth Recreation Area for a little over a week now. This continues to be one of our very favorite parks. Not only is it beautiful, but the sites are all level, everything is paved and the grounds are impeccably maintained.


It is also pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but that’s one of the things we like so much. There are hiking trails, there’s the  lake and there’s the beauty. Perfect!

When we were here in March, we did the tourist thing. You can read about that here, here and here. This time, we are just enjoying our surroundings.


Because we are volunteering our services in exchange for a free site, some of our time is spent working. Doesn’t Rick look like he’s having fun?


He rides around in style Smile


Sunday afternoon, Rick’s cousin Michel from Montreal found us in the boonies of northern Alabama! He had taken a road trip to New Orleans and was on his way back to Quebec. The guys had a great time catching up. I put them to work doing a little grilling out in the rain :). It hadn’t rained since we got here, but started the minute Michel pulled into our site :)


Michel brought a wonderful wine to go with dinner. Then more stories  and reminiscing was done :) Michel was our first “adult” overnight guest. He got to try out the pullout sofa bed and declared it to be fine :) I think he was being polite :) Regardless, we’re glad he found us. Safe travels home, Michel!


After Michel left Monday, Rick and I took a drive to Florence, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia, AL. We wanted to check out a couple campgrounds up there. With this campground closing the end of October instead of the end of November, we were scouting a place with a monthly rate for November so we could stay in the area. We had, quite some time ago, made an appointment with Brannon at Custom RV outside Red Bay, AL for December 2. Lucy needs a couple things taken care of and we planned to do that before heading to Texas. We tried to move the appointment up but it looks like Dec 2 is going to be it.

One of the campgrounds we went to was Heritage Acres in Tuscumbia. We drove through the campground, which was nothing fancy but clean and well maintained, then stopped to talk to the manager. As it turned out, he was the owner and was looking for a couple to work on Wednesdays for him to give him a break. It would be a total of 12 hours per week combined between the 2 of us in return for our site for November. All 12 hours would be worked on Wednesday. The rest of the time would be ours. Such a deal we couldn’t pass up! I guess it is true. When one door closes, another opens.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. I'm glad something worked out so fast and so well :)
    Michel and Rick definitely look related :) How nice that they could connect!! I love you :)

  2. Sorry you have to leave Corinth early, but what a deal for the month of November!!

    Rick looks like a pro;o))

  3. Wow, I grew up in Muscle Shoals and lived in the area many, many years! Several music recording studios there that turned out lots of hits. Tuscumbia is Helen Keller birthplace, Florence is WC Handy birthplace, and Florence has the best BBQ, at Bunyan's (the hot slaw is the secret). Also, Ricatoni's in Florence has really good Italian food, and Trowbridge's for ice cream! Go to 'Ye Olde General Store' in downtown Florence for the real thing. Oh, and go to Coon Dog Cemetery! And definitely, go to the Natchez Trace. Sounds like you will have a good month!

  4. I always believe that things have a way of working out and I'm hoping your new campground plans will work out as well too. We're thinking about you both and enjoying your blog.

  5. What a great opportunity has fallen into your laps. :)

  6. Wow! What a sweet deal! Glad that it all worked out! Good things happen to good people!

  7. I've never been to Alabama so I'm taking notes here on where to go and where to stay for the spring. When does Corrinth open back up?

    6 hours each in one day for a site? That's FABULOUS! I've never heard of such a deal. Good for you!! Can't wait to hear all about that too.


  8. Enjoy a bottle of Paul & Marti wine! You've just got to put yourself out there and those doors will open. Sounds like a super sweet gig.

  9. That is awesome, Gail. So happy for you and Rick and look forward to more postings and pictures. We are also looking forward to meeting y'all on your way to Rockport, TX in December. Keep us posted on your schedule.

  10. Great timing!! That worked out well. Work one day, off six...nice schedule. Lots of time to enjoy the area.

  11. That is a great deal. Glad that worked out for you.

  12. Wow, that is an awesome deal. Things always work out for the best.


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