We've been in Alabama for 2 weeks now and although we got off to a rotten start (thanks to some new meds the Dr. put me on, but that's in a previous post; a tire blow out on the way down tore off part of the trailer and caused us to get 4 new tires; Mr. C breaking his sun glasses and having to go to Pensacola to get new ones at Lens Crafters and then having them be wrong and having to go back and get them redone, LOL) the rest of the trip has been very pleasant. We also discovered that we can get a higher rated tire, so eventually we'll replace all 4 tires again with the new higher rated ones, but that's going to be expensive :-(
So, you might be wondering, what have we been doing, besides lots of Rest and Relaxation.
|This picture's for you, B|
The festival was in the city park which is a very large park with a paved "track" all the way around it, including 2 wooden bridges over the creek passing through the center of the park. The festival was set up on either side of the track and nicely spaced out. There were lots of craft type vendors, not just resale cheap stuff stalls, 2 food areas, and a carnival area. There was also a "flea market" area, but it was about a block away and not in the actual festival grounds. We had decided to make this a triple trip, as it was half way to Mobile, AL and I needed something from Hobby Lobby and there were 2 Hobby Lobby stores in Mobile, as well as a Golden Corral (which takes the prize for the WORST Golden Corral we've been to, LOL). So I knew I couldn't eat much, since we were going to Golden Corral for lunch, but we did share a VERY good funnel cake. It was a lovely day and a lovely festival and they did, indeed, have fresh strawberries. The strawberries were red, ripe, soft and warm as if freshly picked. I could tell they were sweet, but as to actual taste, since my taste buds were numb, couldn't tell you just how good they were.
Mr. C says the strawberries were wonderful and although they were a bit pricey if we had realized and had had enough storage space would have gotten the full flat instead of the half, LOL. We sliced and diced them all up and had them on Twinkies the first day, then got some Sara Lee Pound Cake and had them for the next several days for our desserts. They were so good and such a great comfort food for me, LOL. Funny aside here. Mr. C says, let's get pound cake, that way we don't have to have the cream stuff from inside the twinkies, just as I'm making out the shopping list and writing down "whipped topping" to go with "MY" pound cake. We got a big laugh out of that one.
So, after we walked the whole festival (which believe me, with the way I had been feeling was a real accomplishment) we headed off to Mobile, AL. We found what I was looking for at the 2 Hobby Lobby stores, found the Golden Corral and headed back to camp.
I have to admit that Mr. C and I are not very adventurous people, food or restaurant wise. We know what we like and we don't like to take chances with our money or taste buds on places we know nothing about. We also like calm, peaceful, quiet meals. Mr. C does not like seafood, so any seafood restaurant is automatically out of the running, for the most part. One thing we have found odd, down here in Gulf Shores is a lack of "known" restaurants. No Red Lobster, no Bob Evans, no Denny's, there is fast food, but even most of that is in Foley, not actually near where we are located. That's ok, we've mostly eaten in camp, which is good for us, anyway. There is a Ryan's Buffet in Foley (which is my least favorite of the Buffets and THIS ONE was the least favorite of the least favorites, it was awful, LOL).
There was also a Lambert's "Home of Thrown Rolls". We've been told repeatedly that someday we have to try a Lambert's, so we decided to make this the time to try it. So. . . we've tried it. . . it was ok, they did indeed throw rolls and the rolls were quite good, especially with butter and honey, although they were more of a coarse "bread" roll than a soft dinner roll. I had fried chicken (good) and Mr. C had ribs (not so good). My sides were french fries (cold) and green beans (delicious, home made tasting with diced ham and onions in them). Mr. C's sides were baked beans and corn (neither of which was anything to write home about). He ate my cold french fries and I had some fried potatoes and onions they brought around to share as side dishes for the restaurant. If you've never been there, you get your meat, and 2 sides and then they have several dishes the servers wander around the restaurant with and you can have all you want of those (the huge rolls, fried "okrie" (okra), apple butter, cooked cabbage, black eyed peas, macaroni and tomatoes dish, and the fried potatoes with onions). The fried potatoes were great and I had seconds, although Mr. C was amazed because he said they were much too spicy for me and I normally wouldn't have liked or touched them (I think because of my numb taste buds I could actually taste them, so they seemed good, LOL, anyway, I had seconds on them, :-). Their drinks were huge, served in thermal mugs. It was noisy and quite an experience, LOL.
Let's see, what else did we do, not much of anything, although we did try a total of 3 different beaches and finally found one we liked.