Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Travelling across the South

On Tuesday morning we left out of the Quiet Oaks RV Park near Kinder LA headed to Gulfport MS. It rained on Monday in Kinder and since we were on a RV site with only a small amount of gravel we were concerned that we might have trouble getting out. It was muddy but we were able to get out of the park without any trouble. We made the trip back to I-10 and headed to Gulfport MS. After a drive of 240 miles, we pulled into the Campground of the South which was right off of I-10.

The park is nothing to write home about (so I am writing about it in the blog), but with the Passport America discount we only had to pad $23 for full hook-ups. It was a pull through site with plenty of room for both The Duchess and the Jeep. We were close enough to I-10 that we could hear the traffic if we were outside. I told Connie that I thought  I could throw a rock and hit the vehicles on the interstate. We had rain again on Tuesday night in Gulfport.

Campground of the South. The campground caters to snow birders
and this time of year has very few campers.

With a suggestion from Heidi Ivey, we went to the Oyster Half Shell restaurant for our dinner. I had the Shrimp & Grits along with Sweet Potato Creme Brulee as a side. Connie had the Stuffed Portobello Seafood Plate. Both were delicious and some of the best food we have ever eaten. Thanks to Heidi for the recommendation.

Oyster Half Shell Restaurant in Gulfport MS

On Wednesday morning we got up and headed out to Montgomery AL. The drive along I-10 to I-65 was uneventful (with one exception) with nice sunny weather for a change. We needed some diesel for The Duchess and stopped at a Tiger Truck Center. When we were filling up one of the truck drivers told us we needed to go see the tiger. We thought he was kidding, but then Connie saw the tiger. He looked like he weighed at least 400-500 lbs. So she had to take a picture (there was several fences to keep the tiger from the people and people from the tiger).

We thought we were going to stay in another Passport American park, but after looking at the campground we decided to find something better to spend the night at. This park was another private campground with sites right next to each other along the interstate along with having a very un-friendly staff. We found that the Corps of Engineers campground called Gunter Hill COE Park near Montgomery had a site available (there were several available for the night). The park here is beautiful and we had a pull through site that is over 100 feet long with full hookups for $24 a night. The park host told us that this part of the park had been updated and improved about three year ago and they certainly did a wonderful job. Connie cooked a great dinner that included some fresh vegetables that we purchased at a roadside shop. We were able to eat outside at the picnic table and enjoy the view along with the peace & quiet. After dinner, we took a walk through the park and then I rode my bike around for a few minutes.

The Duchess parked in Site 39

Overlooking the lake here at the park