Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHILLAXIN' TIME!!

Our trip to have the leveling jacks replaced at Tiffin Motorhomes in Red Bay, AL, was hardly a blip in the interruption of our fun.  In fact, we arrived on Wednesday afternoon and after a few days we were back on the road again.
Tiffin Motorhomes Service Center 2014

Replacing Atwood Jacks on Allegro Bus 2014
Fortunately, we were able to enjoy the Annual Founder's Day festivities in downtown Red Bay all day Saturday.  Founder's Day is much like other small town festivals with a few exceptions.  
Red Bay, AL Founder's Day 2014

Red Bay Historical Marker - Continued 2014
Because we were at Dr. Jim Nabors' Downtown RV Campground we were able to walk over to the senior center (across from the police station) and enjoy a fantastic rib eye steak sandwich with all the trimmings which was presented by the Alabama Cattlemen's Association.  
Franklin County, AL Cattleman's Association Steak Sandwich Sale
 Along with a classic car show there were local arts and crafts, quilters, bands, storytelling, a fiddler's contest, bbq cook off, etc.  You could even get a puppy if you wanted (we didn't).
Founder's Day Classic Car Show - 2014
Founder's Day Classic Car Show - 2014


When Monday arrived we departed early to spend the next couple of days in Montgomery, the Capitol of Alabama.  Our new home/campground, Capitol City RV,  was a very neat and convenient campground owned by avid Auburn fans, and we spent the next couple of days exploring and getting to know as much as we could about the town known as the home of the Confederacy and the birthplace of the civil rights movement.

State Capitol, Montgomery, AL - 2014

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL
We spent some time exploring the beautiful State Museum (next to the first White House and home of Jefferson Davis) and home of the impressive State Archives to research some family genealogy.

Department of Archives & History, Montgomery, AL
Not only did we learn a lot about Alabama history but we went to pay our respects to Hank Williams, Sr. at his gravesite at the Oakwood Cemetery.   By the way, have you ever listened to the lyrics of the song Alan Jackson sings about "Midnight In Montgomery"?
Gravesite and Memorial - Hank Williams, Sr. - Montgomery, AL 2014
After leaving Montgomery we traveled to the Gulf of Mexico beaches known as the Emerald Coast -  Miramar Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and one of our favorite campgrounds, Topsail Hill, off famous Highway 30A.  We met with several friends (about 6 couples) who also had reservations and we shared many delicious meals, lots of laughter, and good times.  

RV and MH - 2014
First Florida Grande Rally - Topsail - 2014

If we weren't at the beach, enjoying local restaurants, we were shopping, or just "chillaxin".  One coach after another has left until we are one of the last coaches in our group.    We're on the way to Pensacola NAS for one week and will be guests of our Michigan and Florida Grande friends, Gary and Mim Van Horn.



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