Unfortunately the weather guessers were correct this time and overnight we received a dusting of snow and the morning temperature was 10 degrees with a wind chill factor of -1. We delayed hitching up for our trip south by an hour hoping the temp would rise a bit, it didnít. It was brutal hitching up the fifth wheel.
We spent the first night on our way to Gulf Shores at the EZ Daze RV park in Southhaven, MS. After setting up in our site at EZ Daze, the space heater and furnace worked hard getting the inside of the trailer up to a livable temperature. Since the weather was so cold we decided to wait until our next stop at Lakeside RV park in Livingston, Louisiana to dewinterize the trailer.
The next morning with a temperature of 20 degrees, we hitched up and continued our trip south on I-55 to Lakeside RV Park in Livingston, LA. We arrived at the park at 2:30 PM with a temp of 70 degrees, perfect for setting up in our site. The weather at Lakeside was beautiful so the first thing we did was dewinterize the fifth wheel.
The Bayou FROG rally was currently underway at this park so we had a chance to say ďhiĒ to FROGs we have met previously at Goshen and other FROG rallies we have attended. Everyone was having a great time. How can you not have a great time when Bob and Cindy are the hosts? We even crashed their rally a bit and forced Bob and Cindy to have some face time with us. We also had a great visit with Guy and Lilianne and they introduced us to Gator Pickles.
We spent two nights at this park and Iím glad we did, Lakeside is a 10. Keep in mind my 10 is for a commercial RV park, not a public use campground. The park has a beautiful 18 acre lake and many of the sites back up to it. The roads in the park were concrete as were the RV sites. Every site had a picnic table and most of those looked brand new. There was a swimming pool, playground, game room, and the bathrooms were spotless.
Lakeside RV Park
Saturday morning we hitched up for the short 225 mile drive to our destination park in Gulf Shores--Island Retreat RV park. On I-10 just after crossing into Mississippi we encountered very slow moving traffic. My first thought was a traffic accident or road construction but traffic kept moving, just at a very slow, aggravating pace. This went on for miles. Finally, after 22 miles of this snailís pace we caught up with the source of the slowdown, Mardi Gras floats. The floats were being pulled by pickup trucks at a speed just under 30 MPH. I canít believe they were allowed to travel on an Interstate highway at that slow speed.
We arrived at Island Retreat RV park in Gulf Shores, AL around 2:00 PM and we had been assigned one of the pull through sites, I do like pull-thrus. Forum members RalphieAdie are here in Gulf Shores too so after getting situated in our site we called them and went to dinner at the Original Oyster House.
We spent the next couple of days with RalphieAdie exploring the area in and around Gulf Shores. We did make a point of eating at Lambertís Cafť, Home of the Throwed Rolls. If you ever have a chance to eat at one of their restaurants, by all means do so. The food is excellent and yes, they toss the rolls to you.
We also took in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL with RalphieAdie and followed that with dinner at the FloraBama Beach Bar and Grill.
Pensalcola Naval Air Museum.