04.04.16 to 04.10.16 Alabama Gulf Coast – Week One

alabama-welcome-signMonday, April 11, 2016 – Alabama Gulf Coast – Week One

We arrived here on Monday, April 4th in the late afternoon. We settled in and stayed around the park our first two days. We like to just stay put when we first get somewhere if we can. Check the park and the area out a bit before we go exploring.

On Wednesday we went to Orange Beach and Flora Bama which I wrote about in other blog posts. Here’s links to those:

Orange Beach, Alabama

Flora Bama on the Florida Alabama state line

Thursday and Friday we stayed home. Roy worked on cleaning up the headlights on our truck and I worked. I cooked a big pot of gumbo which we enjoyed for dinner for a couple of days!

Saturday we went to the strawberry festival. This happens to be the same weekend as our Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival back home! Here’s a link to that blog post: Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

Sunday we went into Mobile to church at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. This church has an interesting history, part of which I saw when I attended church there with my son several Dauphin_Way_Baptist_Churchyears ago. The church split that day with the Reformed members going with their Reformed pastor to a new church. The traditional Baptists remained and make up the church membership today.

I truly love the simplicity of the interior (no matter what the size) dwbc3751of all of the Southern Baptist Churches we’ve visited. Some may be grand in size but the interior has no statues, paintings and other decorations which is what I mean by simplicity. Dauphin Way is the absolute largest church I’ve ever been in.

We were treated to hearing a young man from University of Mobile sing The Holy City Jerusalem. I don’t even know how to classify his voice, just that it was strong in both bass and tenor. I wouldn’t have known the song by the name but as soon as I heard him sing I knew I’d heard it many times. The lyrics are as follows:

Last night I lay a-sleeping,
There came a dream so fair,
I stood in old Jerusalem,
Beside the Temple there.
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav’n in answer rang.
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav’n in answer rang.
chorus:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Lift up your gates and sing;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna to your King.
And then methought my dream was changed,
The streets no longer rang.
But with a glad Hosanna
The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
chorus
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Hark, how the angels sing
Hosanna through the ages,
Hosanna to your King.
Then once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City
Beside the timeless sea.
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide;
And all who would might enter
And no one was denied.
No need of moon nor stars by night
Or sun to shine by day,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Sing for the night is o’er;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for ever more.
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna for ever more.

That wraps up our first week in Alabama. I have to say that it is quite hard being here with all the Alabama sports stuff everywhere so we just look away when we pass it!!!

If you want to learn more about this part of the Alabama Gulf Coast you can read the blog post I wrote back in 2014 of our first stay here: 2014 Visit To Alabama

We’ve planned out our travels through the end of May and made our reservations at the parks along the way.robertsdale to myrtle beach

Sometimes the planning is my least favorite part of this as it requires a lot of research and time. For those times I call in Roy’s great thinking through things skills!

One week in Fountain, Florida (near Panama City, Florida) April 18 – 25
Two weeks in Unadilla, Georgia April 25 – May 9
One week in Hinesville, Georgia (near Savannah, Georgia) May 9 – May 16
11 days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina May 16 – May 27
We do not usually make reservations this far out. We did this because we really want to stay at Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach and we couldn’t get reservations there until May 16th so we worked backwards from there. We also want to spend time in the Savannah area so this travel plan takes care of both of those. We’ve also driven through the Florida panhandle dozens of times before we are choosing to skip that route and go through the middle of Georgia then to the Georgia coast, skipping going through Jacksonville.
So that’s our first week in Alabama. We’ve already started the second week with a trip to the RV service shop, but more on that later!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
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