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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gulf Shores Alabama

Gulf Shores Alabama

Monday morning we left Memphis and traveled to Meridian Mississippi. We didn’t find many camping choices and I’m sure we chose the worst. We were glad it was for the night only. One thing we sure like about Mississippi is the roads, at least the ones we used. They maybe the best roads we have traveled. We left Meridian at 09:00 and checked into Coastal Haven RV Resort in Fairhope Alabama at noon.

We immediately jumped in the jeep and headed to the gulf shore to check things out. We stopped at the fishing pier and watched as fish were being caught with some regularity. It was interesting seeing the equipment that was used to fish from the pier. We saw a lot of homemade carts that seem to hold everything necessary for a day of fishing.

 Beautiful white sandy beaches

Gulf Shores fishing pier

Hotels in the distance 

This guy has everything he needs

 This guy can't read
Just park your cart and belly up to the rail

More hotels along the shore

We drove through Gulf Shores State Park and reserved a campsite for a week beginning this Thursday. It’s a State Park but it’s more of a RV Resort. Snow birds from the north come and stay for the winter here. They have activities, a large pool and rentals that include Segway’s.  

 Nice pool and children's splash area

We stopped on our way back to the RV in Fairhope and ate at Big Daddies a highly recommended spot for the best sea food in the area.

View from the deck of  Big Daddies

The park we are at has lightning fast WIFI so it's nice getting the blog done so easily.

Memphis, Elvis and BBQ

September 27

We left Dubuque and made it to Perryville Mo. We stayed at a nice campground that had an awesome Halloween display. I can’t imagine the amount of work they did to set this up.

  This is just s small sample of the decorations that were scattered throughout this campground

We continued south through Missouri and arrived in West Memphis which is actually in Alabama just across the river from Memphis Tennessee.  We paid for two nights and got settled in. We are again right on the banks Mississippi. It was early enough in the day that we drove into Memphis to find, who else but Elvis, well at least his home, Graceland.

The whole Graceland tour is quite an adventure. Everything is geared toward getting at your money. We did enjoy it however. I was most impressed with the hall of gold in which all of his gold records and awards are mounted along this long hallway. Equally impressive was his collection of cars

Elvis has left the building

Some of Elvis' toys 

After Graceland we decided we would go find Beale Street and get some Memphis BBQ. We found out that every Friday and Saturday nights the street is closed to traffic and people take over. Blues and rock music is everywhere, in the Bars and on the street. Drinks are sold everywhere. It was one massive party.   

Sunday we drove back to town and looked around and explored a little. We returned to our river campsite fixed dinner and enjoyed a beautiful evening.