Honolulu, HI to Summerdale, AL., Winter stay, Pensacola, Eglin AFB Museum, BB Alabama
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After about 11 weeks in beautiful Hawaii, it was time to return to Alabama and resume my travels.
I guess you could say that I have joined the "Snowbird" RV category. One of the many thousands who head south to escape the winters up north and who return when the weather breaks. As a result, I stayed at the Escapee RV Park in Summerdale for about 4 months relaxing and waiting for the weather to warm up.
While in Summerdale, I made several visits to Biloxi to check out the storm damage and visit the casino's. Biloxi had a beautiful water front drive with many large homes set just back from the beach. The storm completly wiped them all out and as a result the ride was shocking. Lot after lot was bare with just the cement slabs where the homes used to be. The casino's that were on huge barges were all destroyed with a couple of the barges lifted completly over the road and dropped a couple of hundred yards inland.
There is a nice dirt race track up the road a bit that held some great stock car racing. I visited it several times and saw some real good quality competative racing there.
Pensacola Naval Air Base is close to Summerdale and I revisited the museum a couple of times. Every time I saw new things I had missed on prior visits. This base is also the home of the Navy Blue Angels and after the air show season starts, they open the base for viewing when the Blue Angels practice in mid week. The crowd never numbers more than a few hundred people and as a result, you can get up close and really enjoy the air show.
No trip to Summerdale would be complete without a trip to Mobile and a visit to the Battleship Alabama. They had significant damage from the storms of last year and several of the airplanes on display there had severe damage. The planes and hangers in Pensacola also were damaged.
Eglin AFB is not too far away and a small group of the guys at the RV park went over to visit the museum there. One of the guys had worked for the company that made the Gatling gun used on some of the Air Force planes. It was interesting to hear some of the stories he told about the engineering of the gun.
A friend of mine in the Rv park was a avid shooter and he invited me to go to the local shooting range for some target practice. He introduced me to Trap shooting which I enjoyed but sure did not do well in. To get good at this sport takes a lot of time and many hundreds of shots before you can really get the hang of it. I did well on stationary targets but when a clay pidgeon is traveling away from you it's a different story.
The balance of my time in Summerdale was spent on maintanence on the truck and rig and just relaxing with my friends there. The park always has some type of activity going on.
Summary of places visited and stayed at: Elk Lodges: 39, Escapee Parks: 25, Public RV parks: 29, National Parks: 42, Major ships: 10, Forts: 17
Expenses: Through April 2006, 34 months on the road with an average of $1926 per month. Excludes Hawaii trips.