If Mississippi was all about the skies, then Alabama was all about the water! We have loved that all of out campsites have been on lakes or rivers. It's strange to hear about low water and drought conditions back in California and most of the west when there is water EVERYWHERE here! So many storms and flooding. Seems Mother Nature is either dishing us feast or famine.
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost
Monday, May 3, 2021
Southern Alabama - It's the WATER!
Service Campground COE
We spent our few days here just relaxing and watching the boats and barges drift by on the Tombigbee River. This river is huge. It runs 200 miles through Mississippi and Alabama emptying out into the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the principle routes of commercial navigation running through several locks connecting it with the upper Tennessee River System.
Site #14, $26.
The water was moving very quickly so we didn't put the kayak in We just enjoyed the scenery.
I had the small since I was driving. The food was delicious too! At Don Rafa they really take care of you. They even gave us a margarita to go!
Frank Johnson State Park
As we move from the lower western side of Alabama to the lower center, we have one of the lakeside campsites. This is a smaller state park but nicely kept and spaced out with deep sites.
FHU, $36, #17.
The 3 days we were here we went on walks and kayaked the lake.
Our neighbor had a cute Airstream. I'm guessing they upgraded from tents. Cute name!
The Lillypads were blooming all over the lake.
You can summit without a Sherpa. Your grandmother can get to the top without breaking a sweat.
Nearby is the Veterans Memorial Scenic Overlook.
On our last day we decided to take a nice walk around part of the lake.
The sun was setting and it was just gorgeous.
We watched the sky turn bright orange and reds and then soft pinks and purples. What a nice restful stop along our route.
Hardridge Creek COE Campground
Our last stay in Alabama was near the NE bottom of the state. It's yet another great campground run by the Army Corp of Engineers (COE) sitting on Lake Eufala. Our site sits out on a very narrow peninsula with water on both sides of our site.
W/50a/Dump, $26, #41.
Some unique history here. The town of Abbeville gets it's name from an old Creek Indian adapted meaning.
We got a laugh out of this creepy story and hoped to come back at night for a another walk through town to see if we'd have an encounter with Molly, but alas it didn't happen. I think it was just a way to get the kids to be home at night on time!
Old Methodist Church circa 1896.
It was definitely a favorite site!
We paddled mostly back in the shallow coves where the boats weren't allowed.
We took a day trip up to the town of Eufala at the north end of the lake for a couple of reasons. One it is just an adorable town with tons of history, and two, that pipeline shutdown had made finding diesel a bit tricky for us. Turned out instead of filling up at the only station nearby for $3.09, there were more stations than I thought in Eufala with diesel closer to $2.79. I called a couple and they were out of diesel, so better safe than sorry.
There are fountains and memorials everywhere. It is also known for some unusual things.
First off is the story of the Largemouth Bass, LeRoy Brown. I love this story:
Then there is The Tree That Owns Itself. The tree is an oak tree in Eufaula that has been replaced several times. It was given the ownership of its land by the governor in 1936, with each of the two replacements receiving the ownership to the land too.
This is the current tree.
The Reeve's Peanut Company was built in 1903.
Memorial to those lost in WWI.
We could've spent more time in this town learning about the history and driving past all the gorgeous old homes.
One last paddle before we leave Alabama and head to Florida for our nieces wedding. It's been almost a year since we've seen my brother, sister-in-law and niece. I'm very excited!
Posted by DebbieM