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Mississippi & Alabama
Another short stop on the way to Alaska -- April 2-4, 2009 Styx River Campground in Robertsdale, Alabama. It rained very heavily all the way here and it was a scary drive at times. The driving area was under tornado watch the entire drive. The park has an indoor pool and hot tub, but both were closed - what a disappointment! The park also advertised free wireless internet throughout the park, but it was not available inside our RV - not sure what they meant by "throughout the park". We were not even given a code.

The two RV Gypsies drove briefly through the state of Mississippi, then on to Alabama and Louisiana

- a small part of 3 states in one day

Missippi State Welcome Sign

Scenery in Mississippi taken from the window of a moving car.
scenery in Mississippi
scenery in Mississippi
Lee making lunch in the RV at a rest stop on the way to Alabama
Lee cooking in our RV
postcard of Alabama
entrance to Styx River Resort
The entry to Styx River Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama (Baldwin County)
entrance to Styx River Resort
entrance to Styx River Resort
Styx River Resort was nice, but the indoor pool and hot tub were closed.
Very disappointing.
entrance to Styx River Resort
 
Styx River Resort sign
Styx River Resort sign
Our RV (AWO)
The RV of the two RV Gypsies "AWO' in her new, temporary home
Karen loves the smell of lilacs.
lilacs
lilacs
lilac tree
lilac tree
 
A train traveling on the bridge adjacent to the bridge the two RV Gypsies were travelling on.
train on a bridge
train on a bridge
Getting ready to enter a tunnel in Mobile, Alabama
entering tunnel in Mobile Alabama
the enterance to tunnel in Mobile Alabama
Photos taken through the front windshield of the moving RV.
inside the tunnel
inside the tunnel
inside the tunnel
inside the tunnel
Exiting the tunnel
inside the tunnel
inside the tunnel
Buildings in Mobile, Alabama just outside the tunnel
Mobile, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
A large flock of birds photographed through the front tinted windshield
of the moving RV
a flock of birds in the sky
a flock of birds in the sky
A 3-story round house that is for sale at reduced price. Unique! Wish we could have seen the inside. It had quite a bit of land too.
a round house
 

Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, Alabama - a 65-acre estate

20 miles southwest of Mobile,

Bellingrath Gardens, sign
a big fern
Lee and a big fern
a flower
a flower
a flower
a flower
flowers
flowers
a flower
The two RV Gypsies really enjoyed Bellingrath Gardens, especially since they finally had a day of nice weather. However, they were disappointed that there were not any signs naming the flowers/plants or giving any information about them. Many other gardens previosly visited by the two RV Gypsies have provided this type of information.
Any flower knowledge out there to help us out?????
a plant
 
fountain
Karen sitting by a fountain
Karen sitting by a fountain
water trickling down the rocks
water trickling down the rocks
a water fountain
Various views of a portion of the Gulf of Mexico upon which the two RV Gypsies will soon take a 45 minute cruise.
a plant and the water
water
water
water
water
Lee
The two RV Gypsies really liked the tangled web of limbs in this tree.
water - tree
tree limbs
The Southern Bell River Cruiser
The Southern Bell River Cruiser
The American Flag flying from the stern of the boat.
the American Flag
the American Flag and the water
Seagulls flew all around the boat during the entire trip, hoping to get some of our popcorn. They were very noisy.
a seagull
seagulls flying around the boat
a seagull
a seagull flying
two  seagulls flying
Happy faces on the two RV Gypsies - traveling again.
the two RV Gypsies
View from
The Southern Bell River Cruiser
An osprey nest
scenery
osprey nest
 
Different views of Mirror Lake
scenery
Karen showing off the beauticul scenery
flower and Mirror Lake
Lee Duquette
 
Estuaries sign
Fowl River
Foul River
Fowl River sign
black needlerush sign
black needlerush
 
The two RV Gypsies ate at Lambert's Cafe in Foley, Alabama because they had seen it on the Food Channel. Lambert's Cafe is known as home of the "throwed rolls." The following is only the opinion of the two RV Gypsies: Lambert's Cafe reminded them of Cracker Barrel in looks, style and food quality. Yes, the servers did throw the rolls at you and you had to catch them. The rolls were real big and hot and tasty. Big Deal - not enough reason to eat there. The steak was good but had lots of fat. The Chicken and Dumplings had only one small piece of chicken in it. The servers came around with fried okra, fried potatoes and onions, and black beans so you could have all you wanted to eat. You should not leave there hungary. However, the two RV Gypsies will not return to Lambert's Cafe.
Lee catching a roll at Lambert's Cafe
The photo above shows Lee catching one of the rolls that was "throwed" at him. Yes, we know throwed is not a proper word, but it is the slogan of Lambert's Cafe.
 
Mobile, Alabama
Battleship Memorial Park
Battleship Memorial Park sign
Battleship Memorial Park is one of the top attractions in Mobile, Alabama. Located on Mobile Bay, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park honors the USS Alabama (BB-60) and the brave men who served aboard the ship. Battleship Memorial Park also features an extensive collection of military aircraft spanning several decades of aviation history, from World War II to Iraqi Freedom. At Battleship Memorial Park you can walk the deck of a mighty battleship, or explore a World War II submarine, view cockpits of combat aircraft, see tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. The two RV Gypsies met and talked with a POW veteran while there. He was fascinating, and Karen thanked him for his service.
Vickery's Bridge
alabama Korean War Memorial sign
Lee walking towards the memorial
Lee at the memorial
At right: A memorial for the dogs that served in the war.

Dogs were serving human beings before recorded history, especially in the role of protector and war dog. In 2006 the Alabama War Dogs Memorial Foundation, a 501 (ac) 3 non profit organization was formed to formally recognize and pay tribute to military working dogs (war dogs) and their Alabama handlers by erecting a monument in their honor and telling their story.
Memoral for the dogs that served in the war
 
Please notice the condition of all the flags. This is not the proper way to honor our military service people. To find flags in this condition at a place that honors military service people is embarrassing to our country. Karen searched the internet for a way to send photos to the Mayor of Alabama or congressmen etc. As veterans and citizens of the USA, we find this totally unacceptable. It has been noted that this has been corrected, but we do not have the new photos to comfirm it.
an American Flag in very bad shape
flags torn and ripped
Vietnam Veterans Memorial sign
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This is a multi-sided memorial built by Veterans.
an old fighter jet
close view of the front of plane
the gunners seat
WOW! Look at the size of this plane.
Karen showing the size of plane
Karen showing the size of plane
Battleship USS Alabama
USS Alabama at night
Lee and the USS Alabama
the USS Alabama
Displacing more than 44,500 tons, the USS ALABAMA measures 680 feet from stem to stern, half as long as the Empire State Building is tall. Armed with nine 16-inch guns in three turrets and 20 5-inch .38-caliber guns in 10 twin mounts, her main batteries could fire shells as heavy as a small car accurately for a distance of more than 20 miles.
the USS Alabama
the USS Alabama
Her steel side armor was a foot thick above the waterline, tapering to one half inch at the bottom. Her four propellers, each weighing more than 18 tons, could drive her through the seas at up to 28 knots, more than 32 miles per hour. Loaded with 7,000 tons of fuel oil, her range was about 15,000 nautical miles. The USS ALABAMA was built to fight.
Karen and the USS Alabama
Lee with the propeller
USS Alabama bell & Lee
USS Alabama bell
Vietnam War gun trucks – a makeshift solution to supply convoy protection. The “Black Widow” was one of such gun trucks and was in one of the most common configuration used – it was based on 5 ton M54 cargo truck with simple armor plates added to the cab and large box made of armor steel plates placed inside the cargo bed. Three M2HB .50 cal machine guns on pintle mounts were installed inside that box.
The Black Widown gun truck
Alabama State Parks sign
Gulf State Park Beach sign
white sand dune
white sand dune
Lee on the boardwalk to the beach
Lee on the boardwalk to the beach
A very long boardwalk to the beach
Lee on the boardwalk to the beach
a waterhole
Looking down to the side of the boardwalk; a big mound of beautiful clean white sand alongside of a deep waterhole in the sand
the boardwalk
the boardwalk
beach and water
closeup of sand
Beautiful white sand - very clean. Our sneakers actually made a musical sound as we walked through the sand.
Karen by the Gulf of Mexico
Lee  by the Gulf of Mexico
the Gulf of Mexico
the Gulf of Mexico
the Gulf of Mexico
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesLouisiana

Louisiana's Old State Capital building, the Big Boy Chair, a black swan, Rest Awhile Park, A Native American Exhibit, Baton Rouge River Center and more........