We're safely back in KY from our Gulf Shores trip.
We had a great time. Weather was "average" according to weather.com
We had 2 nites that got below freezing.
We arrived on Sunday at around 3:30 PM which was a surprise.
The drive only took us 10 hours 15 min.
Google maps was telling me it would be nearly 12 hours.
Traffic was light on I65 the entire way and we drove 75 any time
the speed limit was 70. As mentioned in an earlier message,
we opted to rent a condo on the beach and drove my wife's Maxima.
(Gas was nearing $4 a gallon when that decision and reservation
Gas averaged $1.70 gallon for this trip.
Sunday afternoon was warm and 60s.
Monday it dropped to 50s and brisk wind.
Tuesday and Wednesday it was 40s- windy one day and fairly calm
Thurs it got back in 50s and on Friday-- finally-- we were able to
sit comfortably on the beach in shorts for a couple hours.
Forecast for this week is for 60s EVERY DAY. Just our luck!
We hiked/walked every day. 10 miles one day and 8 another with 4-6
the remaining days.
On our coldest day, Tuesday- we drove to the Pensacola Navy Air Museum.
WoW!! That place is fantastic. You don't even have to be an
airplane nut to have a wonderful time there.
It's positively HUGE and has soooooo much to look at. Very clean,
modern and brightly lit. Plan on spending most of a day there
and then you will not see it all. It was an easy 45 minute drive
from Gulf Shores.
We had a great time and want to return. We checked out the state
park and 2 private camp grounds. I figure we could pull our trailer
there in about 11 hours. This time of year the state park is booked
solid for any long term sites but you can still drive in without
a reservation and "take your chance" on a short term site of 2 week max.
They had at least a dozen short term sites open when we drove thru.
The private CGs also had a few sites open.
I think we may go back next year and just take our chances without
The state park as well as a great deal of Gulf Shores and Orange beach
had bike lanes and paved bike paths through the dunes and pine
trees. It is a walker/bicycle friendly area that caters to snow
birds in the winter. Most main roads had bike lanes along both
sides. Of course you can walk the beach for miles and miles.
Most restaurants had specials for anyone over 55. We saw "welcome
snow birds" and vacancy signs everywhere. I'm ready to hitch up
and go back for a couple weeks now but my lovely wife is still
employed! Maybe next year.
Here's a link to a photo slide show of our trip.