We headed south out of Red Bay yesterday morning aiming to spend a few days in the Gulf Shores area of Alabama on our way back to Florida. Our route took us over to Tupelo, MS on Hwy 78 and then south on US 45 all the way to Mobile. We saw lots of Mississippi wilderness on the way down. Lots of cotton fields that should look spectacular in season but nothing but stubby plants and a few sparse clumps of cotton remaining at this time of year. We checked out both Bella Terra RV Resort and Heritage Motorcoach Resort and Marina online before leaving Red Bay and were looking forward to a 3-4 day stay in either place just to see how the other half lives but the weather in the Gulf Shores area was calling for mostly rain and grey skies right through the coming weekend so we figured we’d save a few bucks and setup at Wilderness RV Park in Robertsdale, AL instead. Located just south of I-10 about half way between Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL, this RPI, Passport America and Coast to Coast park is rustic for sure but the setting is quiet and nestled in among the pine trees. We have 50 amp, full hook up with free wifi, although the wifi is very spotty. Our Verizon mifi works well here though.
We drove into Foley today to have a look around and check out the beaches. It rained hard here last night and today while mild temperatures prevailed, skies were mostly grey and not real great for photographs. We stopped at a few of the state park areas along the beach but we had Teddy along with us in the Vue and all of them were posted “No Pets” so it was really pointless to pay for parking and then not be able to walk our dog. We did manage to find one little parking area where we could walk Teddy and also watch these pelicans diving for fish from their perch on a large diameter drainage or water pipe above the road. There were about a dozen very resourceful pelicans perched on this pipe watching fish come in from the Gulf in the small stream below. Pelicans would pounce on the fish if they were near the surface of the water, gobble down their catch, and then scramble back to the pipe to watch and wait for more fish. Pretty smart!
There were simply dozens of homes to rent on the outer beach road but almost all seemed to be empty at this time of year. I suspect most of them are rented out during the busier summer months. We searched around for a good place for lunch and narrowed it down to Lambert’s Cafe or Doc’s Seafood. Doc’s won out and we both enjoyed grilled shrimp with boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. The food was okay but not great. The kaiser roll under the shrimp skewers was stone cold and swimming in melted butter. The shrimp, potato and corn on the cob were pretty good though. Hoping we have a chance to try Lambert’s before we head east on Monday.