Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from Alabama

You just don’t knowCocaCola Christmas Truck, Beaux Bridge, LA what might pop up along the road.  For instance, on one of our overnight stops in a WalMart in Louisiana, we noticed on our walk back from dinner at Wendy’s that there was commotion and bright lights at the front of the store.  Curiosity and caution made us check it out. If we hadn’t been in this place at this time we would have missed this unique Santa transport provided by Coca Cola….Not the traditional Santa sleigh, right?.  In this photo, Santa is talking to children in front of the folks you see standing.  --  Nice surprise!
So anyway, our last stop was when we were having Ferd spruced up in Texas. A little poorer, but ready to move on, we quickly found the shortest route to Gulf Shores, Alabama.. Now we have a comfortable spot for Christmas and New Years at the Gulf State Park.  This park has 496 sites that are mostly occupied with long term, snowbirds, for the winter months.  We are in one of the 50 sites that during the winter are reserved for short-term visitors.  It’s a very nice park with large, paved sites, reasonable rates for a resort area, and a laundry and mail receiving service. The Internet is good mostly, too.
There’s still a lot of nosing around for us to do in this area.  But, so far, we’ve found some great seafood gumbo and creole Alligators at Nature Center, Gulf State Parkomelets at local restaurants.   
For now, we’re relaxing a while, finding good seafood, playing with a new tablet, watching football, learning our way around, etc.Baby alligator at Gulf State Park Nature Center  I’ve covered almost all of the park on my walks, including the Nature Center, where these baby alligators live, along with snakes, turtles and other creatures.
I’m told these little ones are offspring of “Lefty” who lives in the canal running through the park, just across from our place.  (Haven’t seen him yet and don’t really want to!)
The noise the alligators make sounds almost like a frog.  They were very active, chomping away at their dinner. But this one seemed pretty interested in me also.
Hurley Christmas 2013I’ve had fun during my walks around the park seeing how people have decorated their homes for Christmas.  Thought you might enjoy seeing some of these creative exhibits.  So, I’m posting an album.  Click below to take a look.
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2014!!!

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