After our stay in Paul B. Johnson, we headed to Gulf State Park. We stayed in Gulf State Park for two weeks. Now we are ready to head home.
What? You haven’t read any posts about Gulf State Park? Well, that’s because I didn’t write any! During the first part of our stay here, I wrote the posts to catch up on what happened on our way here.
After that, well, there wasn’t a whole lot different than our visit last year. We spent two weeks here a year ago, and we pretty much did the same stuff. We even stayed in the same campsite. I wrote five posts about Gulf State Park last year.
Here’s what different:
Like last year, we rode the wonderful trail system here at the park. Back then, we had regular bikes with 21 speeds. We rode about 50 miles. This year, with our e-bikes – remember both times we stayed 14 days – we rode about 165 miles. That’s more than three times the amount of riding. Since e-bike riding isn’t real tough, we did make a point of taking walks – usually in the evening.
Last year, I complained about Bear Creek Trail which had been really rough and bumpy. I said it needed to be rethunk. Well, it is now repaved, and it is smooth as can be. I did put a one line update in last year’s post, so readers will know it has been improved.
Last year, the heated pool did not have its heater working. The water was colder than Lake Michigan in June. I think one toe made it in about one quarter of an inch. I did not take advantage of the pool at all. This year, the heater was working, and the pool’s temperature was about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. I went several times and enjoyed my water exercises as well as relaxing and reading poolside.
I thought I’d include this topic because of current challenges with our economy. Of course, gasoline and food costs have increased. We brought a whole lot of food from home which meant we didn’t have to purchase it while traveling. Food costs more in Gulf Shores than it does at home. In addition, food is taxed at about 10% at the grocery stores in Gulf Shores. That’s a lot higher than home.
I’d like to say we saved money by not eating out, but that’s simply not true. We ate out for my birthday, our anniversary, Mother’s Day, our last day here and one time to try the Woodside Restaurant here in the park. That’s five times, but it’s over the course of 24 days. Life should be celebrated.
Just as an fyi, our campsite cost $552.06 for two weeks – fourteen nights. However, there is a 15.25% resort fee and 13% other taxes which added another $155.94 to our total campsite cost. The base cost is about $39 a night but the additional fees and taxes add a bit more than $10 to the nightly cost – if you think of it that way, as I do.
It’s worth it though; many of our activities here in the park do not cost us extra – like e-bike riding, walking, the pool, visiting the pier, and playing games at a picnic table with the ocean nearby. It does make us appreciate even more though the Army Corps of Engineers parks where us seniors can camp for $12 to $14 a night with full hook ups.
We very much enjoyed our stay here at Gulf State Park. However, Dan and I agreed that it’ll be awhile before we return. For us, two weeks at a place we’ve been to before is a little bit too long. But mostly, we want to see and explore new places. After all, we are Chambers on the Road!