Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gulf State Park: Paradise for the Active RVer

Stay a month in one place? Not something that is high on our RV wish list. But after spending six days at Gulf State Park two years ago, we decided that this was a place that we would like to explore some more.  So with our RV buddies, Joanne and Gary, we hung out for the month of November at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Let the activities begin!

Gulf State Park has a 496 site campground on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and the BP oil spill in 2010, the area has come back bigger and better than before. The park has a two week stay limit during the summer, but from November through April they allow monthly and seasonal rentals. A month in one of the large full hookup sites runs $711 ... quite a bargain when we realized that we had arrived in a ...

Paradise for the Active RVer!

Bike trails, boardwalks, and bike friendly roads as far as the eye can see! Gulf State Park has been busy building and improving the bike ways since our last visit. From our campsite, we could bike to the beach (1 mile), pier (2 miles), grocery store (3 miles), and church (4 miles). 

Or we could just pedal through the park
to pay a visit to "Lefty", the resident alligator.

What? We can bike to a brewery?? Bonus!!!

The Sandlot Volleyball Gang meets up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and they quickly welcomed us to join the fun and games.

These active golden agers encouraged
 Doug to jump to new heights!

Gulf State Park has a large activity complex complete with a pool (unheated, so not so desireable in the cooler temps), nature center, activity building, laundromat, tennis and pickleball courts.

The star of the "Owl Encounter" educational program
and a few of her friends could be heard
serenading us at night.
By playing pickleball on the non-volleyball days,
I actually improved enough to win a game or two!
It was much easier to get my laundry assistant to help
when we could stream The Big Bang Theory
through the wifi that is accessible in the laundromat.

To these active RVers, however, the call to the beach was a strong daily occurrence. A short bike ride brought us to our prime sea shell hunting, nature observing, and sunset watching area.

Joanne, on the hunt for the
elusive sand dollar.
Hey, is that a bat ray?

Joanne and Doug are inventing a new exercise
called "Photo Squats".

We can never tire of the unique beauty of each sunset.

Our month at Gulf State Park went quickly. But that is to be expected since we found ourselves in the midst of so many activities while hanging out with good friends who like to join in the fun!

Until next time ... stay active with those you love ... and enjoy the adventures in your life!

Tomorrow we say "so long for now" to our friends Joanne and Gary as they head west and we continue east.

Safe travels until we meet around
the campfire in Minnesota next summer!

Glad that we don't have to say goodbye to the beach as we are heading to Destin, Florida for more biking and hiking ... and sunsets!

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