This is how we roll here at Gulf State Park in Alabama. Can you believe this campground, with its 496 sites, has only one dumpster? And even odder is that many folks here put one or even two bags of trash on the hood of their car and drive it to the dumpster. Since our site is on the main drag, we see this all day long. At first, we were laughing every time we saw one of these trash-mobiles go by. But before too long, we started putting our trash on our car and heading down the road. Now we think it looks pretty cool.
Something else that perplexed us was the camp store. Please don’t get me wrong. We love it here. But some things make us laugh. Like the camp store. Dan went in there looking for milk. Do you have milk? No, the lady said with a smile. Eggs? No. Bread? No. All said with a smile. Later, we needed some pens and some tape. We doubted the store had pens or tape. But Dan wanted to go there anyway, just so he could ask the lady, and she could smile and say no. But you should know. If the camp store should happen to have something you want, you best get it by 3:45 in the afternoon. Because that is when the store closes, and the smiling lady goes home. Now, she did tell Dan, the camp store will stock milk beginning on May 1st. Apparently, that’s when the state park gets busy. Like there are any empty spots now.
So, if you’re like us and eat bread, you’ll probably need to go to a grocery store in Gulf Shores. But you’ll need to watch your speed when driving in the park. Of course, the speed in the campground is 15 mph, but the speed on the other roads in the park is 26. Yep. Not 25. Not 30. 26. How did they come up with that? My guess. It was decided by a committee.
Now, if you’re on a Segway, you’ll be fine with the speed limit. Because according to Google, the maximum speed of a Segway is 12.5 miles per hour. Segway tours of the park are available here for a mere $85 per person. Not including any emergency room visits, of course. If you’re interested, the first thing they do is show you how to “ride” that thing. Then they take you around the park where you’ll learn all about nature. Well, this all happens right after you sign the required waiver. At this point in my life, I am past the point where I’ll sign waivers and wear a helmet to protect my brain. I’ll keep my $85 and visit the Nature Center where I can learn all about nature for free without signing any waivers. Dan will keep his $85, too.
Now Dan and I did spend $25.79 on what could be considered a risky adventure. See, one day, we saw a FedEx truck in the campground, and for some reason, I said, oh yea, you can get packages here. Well, we were both feeling pretty excited about that. All we had to do was decide what we NEEDED. A few minutes later, we each happened to look at the underside of our awning, our eyes met, and we knew. Shortly thereafter Dan was searching Amazon to find the perfect solution which we could use to clean up the underside of our awning. Just as soon as we could get it delivered to our campsite. Now that’s excitement.
So, we did order “Wet and Forget No Scrub Outdoor Cleaner” product. We put in the campground’s address, along with our name and site number. Turns out, you can get packages here as long as the United States Postal Service isn’t involved. Last we saw, our “Wet and Forget” order was in Mobile, Alabama. Why it was sent there is anyone’s guess. And when we try to use the U.S.P.S. website to change the package’s address, it “forgets” all about us once we’ve put in the required info. Who would have thought a gallon of liquid would be sent through the mail? I guess you could say that our idea was all wet.
I’d like to tell you more about our stay here, but our trash can is full, and well, we kind of need to take a drive.