Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Next Stop

Those last few days of our time in Summerdale at Rainbow Plantation sure seemed to fly by. All of a sudden we realized we still had a lot on our list and not much time to get it all done. So, we’ve spent the past few days catching up on some jobs, like washing the Castle, grooming the dogs, finishing up some organizing, and of course, visiting with friends!

Bright and early this morning, we pulled out of our site at the plantation and rolled along to Robertsdale, where we made a stop at Camping World to have a window replaced. There is a small window near the bottom of our entry door, and the seal between the double panes had failed. Tiffin sent the replacement (under warranty) to Camping World and they installed it before we got under way this morning. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Tiffin not only paid for the window, they also picked up the shipping and installation charges. And Camping World had us in right at 8:00 and we were on the road just after 9:30.

A last look at the Mobile skyline:

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Before getting Jim’s least favorite part of the trip out of the way – the tunnel that goes under the Mobile Bay:

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We had to make an unscheduled stop to secure a loose windshield wiper. While we were stopped along the side of the road, we picked up an unofficial leader. Sandy and John passed us, so we got to follow them for most of the trip:

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We saw a lot of water along the way:

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To our destination, Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville, Louisiana:

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Where we’ll be for the next week. Sandy and John took a slightly different route to the park, so we actually ended up getting here a few minutes before they did, but we all got set up just across the road from each other. Since we both had a travel day, we decided we should just eat out tonight, so we all went to a Mexican Restaurant not far from the park for a delicious dinner.

This is our new home for the week:

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This state park is located along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, on the site of an old plantation. I have a feeling this week is going to go by fast! We want to do some exploring here, as well as some visiting in New Orleans. A friend I used to work with has recently moved back to her home town of New Orleans, and we’re excited to be able to spend some time catching up with her.

Yes, life is good!


Sue and Doug said...

sounds like a perfect travel day..tunnel and all!..nice to be following the leader!

Phyllis said...

Wondering how long you will be in Louisiana. We head that way December 10. Not New Orleans area, we go to the Lake Charles area.

Safe travels!

Janna and Mike said...

You guys are in Gina and Rollie country, they will be back at their home on Friday I think. Enjoy your time there and eat some Cajun for us Jim!

Debbie Goode said...

Yes, time sure do fly when you are having fun! Enjoy your time there...I love New Orleans.

cruzin2some said...

Looks like a nice place to park awhile.

Travel Safe

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

Janna's right, y'all are in our neck of the woods. We will be home on Friday, hope we can get together.

Love y'all,
Gina & Rollie

Paula said...

We have been following your blog for a very long time. Time to come out of being a "lurker".
We love Fountainebleau. The Host, LeRoy and Jessie, are the nicest people. They have the Bounder. If you see them say 'HI".
Enjoy your stay. ALso, have a fine dinner and Louie and Redhead. Great shrimp!