LOCATION: Outside of Mobile, Alabama
CAMPGROUND: 3rd night at Meaher State Park
WEATHER: A carbon copy of yesterday’s perfect day. Sunny. High 76
We spent the day driving a circle around Mobile Bay. The bay is huge, with the city of Mobile on the top and towns like Gulf Shores on the bottom, on the Gulf. We made a counterclockwise circle. (Our British friend with whom we are traveling says “anti-clockwise”.)
First we drove through the city of Mobile, past lovely Southern mansions and huge oak trees hanging over the streets full of ferns. Lovely.
We drove about an hour south, and it became more “beachy”. We stopped at this road-side stand so that the Glanvilles could try some hot boiled peanuts, which they have never experienced.
We crossed a very long and high bridge across the Inland Waterway to Daulphin Island, and then just missed the ferry from there to the mainland. We had to wait 1.5 hours in line for the next one – so we munched on the hot boiled peanuts! Here it comes…
The ferry crossing was about 1/2 hour. The seagullls pursued us.
We passed several oil rigs out in the bay. This one was getting new supplies from a motorboat.
Trix, the Glanvilles’ dog, enjoyed the ferry crossing…
On the mainland, we took a few scenic drive options and passed lovely beach homes and quaint towns. We ended the drive with a stop at the Fairhope Brewery (of course).
Then, back to the campground. It was a long day on the road, but fun.
DINNER: It was my turn to cook. After today, we will be at the Cajun Fest, so I think this is our last cooked meal with the Glanvilles. George grilled some huge pork chops stuffed with Cajun tasso sausage that we had bought at a Cajun meat market in Louisiana a while ago. Sides were grilled okra, some sauteed vegetables, a sweet potato, and a salad. All very good
BOOK: “Cocktails for Three” by Madeleine Wickham. This is the same author as Sophie Kinsella who has written a series called “Shopaholic”. I like the British dialogue. Quite light, but fun. 4 stars out of 5