Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FROM MONTGOMERY, AL TO BAY ST. LOUIS, MS

Sunday, September 28 – We moved on down the road today from Augusta. GA, to Montgomery, AL. We are staying at The Woods RV Park…don't let the name fool you...no woods. We have stayed here several times in the past when traveling from Augusta to the Gulf. This is a Passport America park with gravel streets and sites. There is a small strip of grass between each site. Luckily, the park is not very busy, so the RV's are widely spaced.

wood's rv park

wood's rv park

Looking right.
wood's rv park

Looking left.
wood's rv park

If you are in the area and plan on stopping here, be advised NOT to follow your dang GPS. Ours and according to the front desk, MOST GPS, will route you the long way from I-75, 13 miles of stop and go traffic. It is best to exit off I-65 which is only .5 miles down the road. If you do that it is a very convenient location.

We are only in Montgomery for an overnight stay and some very quick sightseeing on Monday. We’ll tell you about our Monday morning sightseeing in our next post.

So, after our tour of Montgomery, AL, we hooked up the 5th wheel and headed to Bay St. Louis, MS. We are staying at a familiar place, the Silver Slipper Casino campground. It is located across a small street, about 100 feet from the Gulf. The beach is almost deserted. Our own private beach! The casino is about a half-mile down the street.

The campground has concrete pads with a patio and picnic table. The street is also concrete and there is a small strip of grass between the sites. There are two rows of sites with the front row costing an extra $5. We’ve always stayed in site #24, an end of the row with an unobstructed view of the Gulf. 

Silver Slipper Casino

Silver Slipper Casino

Looking right.
Silver Slipper Casino

Out front.
Silver Slipper Casino

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ALS WALK….AUGUSTA, GA

Saturday, September 27 – We headed down to the Savannah River in downtown Augusta, GA, this morning for the ASL Walk. Again, we are walking in honor of Delores Weaver, Paul's brother John's wife, who died of Lou Gehrig disease in 2009. We are members of team Dream Weaver, one of the largest groups of the 43 teams participating in the walk. We had over 25 walkers in our group.

This was are view as we walked.ALS walk

ALS walk

We met at the river walk to enjoy the pre-walk festivities and to meet up with other team members. What a wonderful and thoughtful way for these people to spend a Saturday morning. Team Dream Weaver raised over $14,335 for ALS, and the Augusta chapter raised over $121,290 for ALS research.

Two or our members, Holly Weaver and John Arthur Erwin, our niece and nephew registered the walkers.
ALS walk

There was a breakfast buffet, coffee, water, snow cones, popcorn and lots more before we even began the walk.

Ann and Ross, our niece and nephew,  enjoy the pre-walk festivities.
2014 ALS walk

Adam Weaver, our nephew, designed the Augusta ALS T-shirt logo.
ALS walk

John and Karen show off the back of our Dream Weaver shirt.ALS walk

One of the local high school bands was here to lead the march and celebrate the day.

ALS walk

The walk was not physically challenging, but it was a very emotional experience for those involved. Hearing walkers tell their stories of loved ones suffering from ALS, and the uplifting spirits they maintain is very moving.

Young and old join in the walk.
ALS walk

ALS walk

After the walk, we gathered at John's house for a picnic. What a wonderful time with family and friends. John, Karen, and the boys did an awesome job preparing a cookout for all the Dream Weaver walkers.

ALS walk

ALS walk

Our partial group at the cookout.
ALS walk

We weren't quite done eating. The picnic ended in early afternoon. After visiting with family, the rest of the day dinner was a chili cook-off. Yikes! Another unfortunate opportunity to over-eat! After dinner, we bid our farewells to our “Southern Family” and returned to our 5th wheel home in preparation of an early Sunday morning departure.

It is getting dark way to soon these days.dinner at John's

Thanks John and Karen for a wonderful, fun and way-too-much-eating time!

We'll head to Montgomery, Alabama, on Sunday for a couple day stay, and then on to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for several days at the beach. Check back and enjoy the Gulf with us.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Friday, September 26, 2014

GETTING READY FOR THE ALS WALK…AUGUSTA, GA

Tuesday, September 23 – We moved on down the road this morning, a short distance, to Augusta, GA. Paul's brother, John, lives here, and we will be doing the ALS Walk on Saturday. We are also having a family picnic at his house after the walk. It will be fun to see the “southern family” again. We saw the gang at Kelly's wedding – it's unusual to get together twice in one year.

We are staying at a familiar place for us, Heritage RV Park. We stay here just about every year when we visit John. The streets are sand and the sites are concrete pads with a little grass between each site. We are at site #63, a FHU site. The campground is continuously remodeling and improving sites. The road out front is under construction which will make a nice entry when completed. We are only about a 15 minute drive to John's house. Of course, he's invited us to stay with him, but no need, we brought our house with us... :-) .

heritage rv park

heritage rv park

Looking right.
heritage rv park

Looking left.
heritage rv park

Augusta is only a little over an hour drive from our last stop in Columbia, SC. We fooled around until about 10 o'clock to pull-up the jacks and head west. That may be one of the latest starts we've gotten off to in the 6 years of traveling.

Enjoying a little vino and great visit. Karen, John, Marsha, Paul
john's house

Besides being with family, Marsha is thrilled to visit this area. She can stock up on her pine needles. We gathered over 5,000 last fall, and she is totally out. We headed to Carroll’s house. Carroll was John’s secretary back in the day. We worked about an hour and then enough. We will go out and gather more on Friday…minus Karen and John. They have had enough of nature….lol.

gathering pine needles

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.