Roaming and relaxing were the key activities for today. After a slow start, we packed up the Airstream and moved on to Louisiana. We booked two nights at St. Bernard State Park, outside New Orleans. It was a little deceiving to see the area around the park. Driving in, we passed several run down trailer parks, two oil refineries and lots of railroad tracks. But once we turned into the park, everything changed. We found ourselves parked next to a lagoon, where the frogs and crickets sing. Yellow flowers adorn the edge of the road and lagoon. It was very tranquil to sit and listen the quietness around us. The only warning for this park should be to wear a lot of Deet. The mosquitos are fierce and hungry.
I should have know it was going to be a rough morning when our new coffeemaker wouldn’t work in most of 12-volt outlets. The only functioning outlet was in the cabinet above our sofa. Nothing like brewing a little java next to the computer equipment. Next, no hot water. Thinking we might be out of propane, we hooked up the trailer and headed up the street to fill the tank. Instead, we discovered our tanks were full so we brought Rosie into Camping World in Robertsdale (thankfully only 30 minutes away) for a little service. Our SUV, feeling left out, switched on a sensor light. We now added a trip to Eastern Shore Toyota into our fated morning. However, this Toyota was amazing with a coffee and an ice cream bar, player piano and complimentary manicures for those waiting for cars. Were we in Alabama or a Japanese car resort?
The fates didn’t curse us all day. In the afternoon, we were visited again with Kathleen, and family. We grabbed a tasty lunch at Local’s, a natural burger restaurant. With the exception of bison and kangaroo, all the ingredients are locally grown. However, I am not sure about the Burmese python burgers. Are they local?
We arrived back to Meaher State Park with the trailer in time to watch a beautiful sunset. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to truly enjoy and relax our spot today. It was very peaceful there. To end the evening, we met up with Kathleen and her daughter, Jordan, for dinner at Moe’s BBQ, where everything is covered in sauce. Family and food are always a great combination.
Tomorrow we are off to New Orleans.
Today, we were up early and out the door to start the first leg of our trip to Alabama and beyond. Most of the day was spent drive along I-10W. Since it isn’t a very interesting stretch of highway, we had amusement in the unusual vehicles around us.
Late in the afternoon, we checked into our two day home, Meaher State Park. We were both quite excited to discover our spot was right on the bay. Perfect for a sunset. Soon after settling in, Andrew’s cousin, Kathleen, gave us a tour of the town, Fairhope. This quaint little town on the eastern shore of the bay has the most friendly greeters on the pier. The pelicans allow you to walk right up to them.
The finale for the evening was a great dinner at Ed’s Seafood Shed.