Thursday, November 1, 2012

Helena, Alabama

We left Monday and drove just under 160 Miles to Cherokee Camp Ground in Helena Alabama. The drive was uneventful except for the winds.  Jim did a fine job of keeping us on the road and we arrived without incident.  Although  I was concerned about the tire we have that keeps losing pressure!  I'm liking these shorter travel days.  Sitting for so long begins to bother my back and I know the longer drives can be stressful for JIm.

This is an older campground with lots of trees.  We didn't think we'd be able to get our satellite dish to work but Jim found an opening on the other side of the next site...Also our phones have a 1x signal and keep searching for a better signal.  Since we use our phones to get online it has been very interesting....Slow is putting it mildly!  I don't think I'll be posting any pictures

Looking around it seems like a lot of these rigs are here permanently.  That means we hear some cars and trucks heading off to work each morning.  We can see the highway from our site but there doesn't seem to be a lot of traffic on it day or night.  We haven't explored the whole campground but Jim said there's a pond and an upper level...hmmm wonder if we could get a better phone signal up there?  :-)

We did venture out yesterday to have lunch and pick up some groceries.  Our first stop was Barnes and Nobles where Jim used the WiFi signal to update some aps on his iPad.  I browsed through a couple cookbooks but passed on them...Then it was time for lunch and we chose Creekside Tavern.  This place had just opened but I noticed it wasn't a new building and it looked familiar.  Turns out it used to be a Carrinos.  We both ordered up a cold draft and Jim had a chicken pasta dish and I chose three items off the sides menu...garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and seasonal grilled veggies.  It turns out this is a cheap way to have lunch.. each item was two bucks, so my lunch was six bucks!

Next stop was Costco where we picked up some items we thought we needed and trash bags which we did need!  Their peppermint bark is very tasty!

Then it was off to Walmart for some coffee cream and bread.   

Back home we settled in and had some coffee and dinner was our leftovers from lunch.  

The folks in the Northeast sure have it rough right now.  I can't imagine dealing with that destruction in cold weather...bad enough in hot weather.

It's been chilly here, even used the furnace a couple times in the morning.  It's been getting down into the 30's at night but no freezing so far.  We used our space heater and fireplace almost all day to keep it warm in here.  I must say we've been quite cozy so far.  I think we should start warming up a little each day now as that cold front wanders off to the east and stays north.

We'll be in Florida for Thanksgiving, not quite as far as Tallahassee but at a campground north of Panama City.  Sonsearae and Chris will drive over and we'll all go out for a lovely feast.  It sure will be nice to see them again!

It becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia. Ted Koppel