Our next destination was Foley, AL where we would spend a night with the Waltons. We wanted to knock off a few hours today to shorten our drive tomorrow. So we headed back to Crystal River and got a room at a Best Western right off the road. This was by far, the least wonderful place we had bunked, but it was clean and quiet. We ate the cold cuts and cubana bread we had brought with us and hit the sack.
We travelled on to Foley, AL. where we stayed a night with friends and former members of BYC, the Waltons. I took a break from taking pictures for some reason so there are none of this portion of our journey. The Waltons welcomed us into their homes warmly and extravagantly... Their place is huge and gorgeous nestled in the scenic rural town of Foley. Lynn took us on a short drive to Gulf Shores, AL. It's a beautiful beach destination with lots to do, including a visit to the famous Lulu's. This place looked like it would be fun. It's owned by Jimmy Buffet's sister. It's on the list of places to revisit, as is Florabama! We checked it out on the advice of another friend from the Club, but found it undergoing massive remodelling. It was still crowded, but we'll check it out next time through.
Susan and Lynn fed us a marvelous home cooked meal, which was such a pleasure after eating our way across four states in greasy spoons and tourist meccas. Thank you SO much for your hospitality. Our room was fit for royalty and we spent a restful night there once our stomachs quit aching from all the food we had consumed.
Next morning, coffee and conversation, then back on the road. We stopped over at a marina to take a look at a Bavaria Ocean 40 that was for sale in Mississippi but the Brokerage was closed as it was New Year's Eve. Too bad, Bruce really liked the looks of it, although I still think a 40 ft boat is not going to get it.
There are quite a few "Katrina" boats here on the hard, casualties of the storm in various states of disrepair. Some still the property of the owners at the time the storm came through, and others newly purchased for a song and in the process of being lovingly restored by their new owners...
This was the BEST way to get there, no parking problems, no traffic headaches. Just ride up in style and be at the appointed spot at 8pm to catch our ride back.
Hotel Monteleone to see their Merry-go-round bar.
Cafe du Monde for beignets. This is a Must-Do in the French Quarter but when we got near the place... I stared in disbelief at the ridiculously long line out the door. Well, we would Must-DO it next time! We stopped for a beverage across the street and continued on our way.
Gumbo Shop... not to be confused with the less highly recommended Gumbo Pot found earlier.
But Fear NOT! We arrived at our dinner destination and were whisked right to a very nice corner table by a window. The ambiance was a calm contradiction to the building frenzy outside.