Gulf of Mexico Coast

That phrase has not infiltrated our vocabulary yet. I hope no one is disappointed.

We headed south from Montgomery on Route 31 through forested and farmland countryside in southern Alabama on January 20, 2020. Our campground was Wales West RV Resort in Silverhill east of Mobile Bay. It was cold – for the first time our water hose froze. The next morning was cold and windy. We headed in to Mobile and hopped on a trolley tour of the historic areas, including old neighborhoods, two tunnels, and a drive through of the USS Alabama Battleship Park.

The trolley driver told us that Mobile claims the very first Mardi Gras celebrations and parades. New Orleans came later. We didn’t argue. The trolley ride was a great way to see the city – there is more there than we expected, including several museums that would be worth returning to see someday.

After the tour we had more southern dishes for lunch at Felix’s Fish Camp Grill – grilled shrimp and oysters. The views of the gulf and back to Mobile were beautiful.

Mobile, Alabama
View from Felix’s Restaurant

We went on to Pensacola Beach RV Resort on Santa Rosa Sound for the night. It was windy and cold there, too, but we walked the ocean-side beach to watch the sunset.

Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach

The next day we continued east along the Gulf of Mexico on Santa Rosa Island following the Gulf Islands National Seashore Trail. This is a beautiful drive along the area also known as the Emerald Coast.

Sylvie at the beach
We stopped for lunch at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, looking south over the Gulf.

Our next campground was Panama City RV Resort. We walked to St. Andrews State Park to watch the sunset – it was still cold – I wore my down sweater and mittens!

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