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January 1st 2011
Published: January 1st 2011
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Miles of white sand. It is so white it looks like snow.
We're on the road again!!!

We left Brighton on the 26th, and decided to go a bit west to avoid some of the winter weather south and east. Interstate 69 to 65 brought us to the south on clear roads with lots of sunshine. The last trace of snow was in Birmingham, AL - Ron gets credit for seeing the first armadillo (a live one) and I get the first palm tree sighting.

So far only a few things we realize we left behind - most importantly my earplugs! I had a set especially made so I wouldn't smother Ron with a pillow some night when the snoring got too bad. Kris is mailing it so he will live to snore another night.

We are at Gulf Shores State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Lovely park, great showers and miles and miles of paved biking trails. For you campers out there it has large sites with full hook-ups, sewer included, for $21 a night. You can stay by the month here too during the winter for $400. The temps have been high 50's to mid 60's - lots of sunshine, except for today ……thunderstorms. We were expecting to see some evidence yet of hurricane Katrina, but except for some dead trees all looks restored here.

We found a bait shop, Lartigue's, that also has carry out steamed shrimp. They make their own hot sauce called "Butt Fire". Ron says it is very tasty, and they have mail order available for anyone who really likes a very hot sauce.

We drove to Pensacola, FL, one day - about 25 miles - to visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation. 91 aircraft on display inside. There are 30 walk through diorama exhibits from WW I & II, Vietnam and Korea. The whole place is very impressive and makes one proud to be an American!

On Tuesday we are off to McAllen, Texas where we will be for 3 weeks.

Happy New Year to all - Be safe and take care of each other.
You can take yourself off this notification list - It will not hurt my feelings, really!

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This place is huge! full size planes

1st January 2011

so glad i can save him from being smothered! i am the bestest daughter!! thanks for sending warm air our way for 2 days at least!!! loves ya me
1st January 2011

Happy New Year!
So glad you started another Blog! So fun! I truly thought the sand beach was snow!!!! Happy Trails! Joan
2nd January 2011

I'm glad you're doing the blog again. I can live vicariously for another winter! Enjoy!
2nd January 2011

Happy New Year to you. It looks like you are having a great time.
7th January 2011

It sounds like you are haveing a lot of fun! I love to live vicariously (SP?) through you guys! Well, let's see, work is the same, so keep sending pictures! Love, AnnMarie

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