After Nate left, we had a day off to recuperate and then loaded up the truxk for a little get away – down to LA to visit our stuff and to see our winter friends. I guess it wasn’t hot enough here, we just had to go to Alabama to soak up some more.
We left bright and early – at the crack of 7AM – Sunday morning. Our plan was to avoid much of the heavy traffic and get as far south as we could on the first day. Our plan worked perfectly and we pulled into Columbia Tn for the night. I know I’ve said it before but this is when we miss pulling our rig – finding affordable and comfortable accommodation and having to eat in restaurants is not always fun. Monday, we got away again at 7. On the way, we got a call from Bill, asking our ETA as the gang were planning a late lunch and if we were going to arrive and go out with them. As soon as we heard they were going to Big Daddy’s, we pressed on the flat peddle and arrived in time! Not sure what we all talked about but we carried on back to the campground to carry on. This picture shows what our Sago Palm tree sprouts during the summer! Who knew?
Our rig was in great condition this time around. We were better prepared this year from our experiences last summer. Our caretaker last year helped us to know what needs to be done to avoid the summer weather pitfalls.
Tuesday, we didn’t have any food in so we had to go out for breakfast & Larry & Marti joined us. After, we did some food shopping for breakfasts and lunches – our plan was to eat dinner out instead of trying to prepare anything so we didn’t have a lot in the cupboards when we left in 6 days. The gang suggested we try a different pizza place in town – Chicago Pizzeria – so all 8 of us descended upon it only to find a chain on the door and a closed sign in the window. So, an alternative, lets go to El Paso, it isn’t Margarita Thursday’s but what the hell…. Again, good food, good company and good Margarita’s make for a great time. Marti & Kelli may have had us banned from there this winter as they serenaded the dining room with their dulcet tones. As we were checking out, the gent at the cash suggested there was a nice Mexican restaurant down the road too! I’m sure he was kidding but it was funny. As we were gathering in the parking lot, a couple of other diners came out and asked if they could get a couple of ‘selfies’ with the singers! Again, too funny….
Wednesday was shopping day – Barb was a little bummed since she hasn’t been fabric shopping since April and needed her ‘fix’. So, the girls planned a trip to one of their fav’s – A&E and then met us guys at McGuires for lunch. Of course, the guys did a side trip to wander around Harbor Freight Tools before we made our way to meet the girls. As usual, lunch was good, the Guinness perfect and the company great. We all went back to our place to carry on and enjoy a new game called Rummy Sticks.
Thursday, Barb could not find what she needed at A&E so we went back Jo-Ann’s in Pensacola. After we picked up what she needed, we were back to Foley and just had to stop off at Foosackly’s for lunch. We think they have the best chicken fingers around – ever wonder how many chickens we consume eating their wings, fingers and toes! Sorry, I got off track there. We had our Pegs and Jokers pals – Bob & Phyllis over for a game and Larry & Marti joined us. It was a fun evening and a great game, gotta get one of them….
Friday was a bit slower, no shopping today and the 8 of us went to Cousin Vinny’s for really good pizza – at least they weren’t chained closed. After, we still had lots to talk about so we went back to Larry & Marti’s for happy hour or was it hours?
Saturday was a busy day for us, packing, setting the rig back for the Alabama summers & laundry. We aren’t usually there for the bagels bunch on Saturdays so we went to this one and saw many of our winter friends that stay all year now. After was laundry and then as a farewell, the 8 plus Stacy, Madonna & Dallas (our neighbours) all went to McSharry’s for lupper (late lunch or early supper). I am starting to think this is a better deal than McGuires, shorter drive and better Shepard’s Pie. After we were all back at the campground, Larry, Marti, Bill & Ann came by to say their farewells. That was nice.
Sunday, we left the campground at the crack of 4AM. Our plan was to try to drive straight through to home. Our rational was we could sleep for 2 days if need be, who cared! Anyway, Barb & I shared the driving and we rolled in the driveway around 12:30 AM. It was a fun week away.
We hope all is good where you are…..