Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Good Bye Florida.....Time to head WEST!

Our 3 weeks in Florida were sure enjoyable.  We all knew it had to end sometime and Monday was the day we had to leave and head West. We certainly thank everyone for their gracious hospitality.  The 3 weeks went so fast it was unbelievable.  Now you all have to come see us!!


Our first stop as we headed West down I-10 was only 130 miles to Ms Pats home town of DeFuniak Springs, Fl. Her sister Sabra still lives there.

This is some of Sabra's family.
Left to Right:  Granddaughter Tiffany with Great grandson Cadon, Grandaughter Brianna with Great granddaughter Hadley, Daughter Cindy and Sabra

Pat's sister Sabra and brother-in-law Tom.

Tuesday morning we again headed West. It wasn't long until we entered the state of Alabama....

Shortly after you enter Alabama you come to the city of Mobile. On I-10, the George Wallace Tunnel is a long tunnel that goes under the Chickasaw/Mobile River. It's quite a long tunnel and we have 
pulled all 4 of our RV's through it at one time or the other.



Here we go down into the Tunnel and under the River......

This was taken right about in the middle of the tunnel.  It is neat and I enjoy it every time!

Soon we were out of the tunnel and on our way. It don't take long to cross Alabama and soon we were entering Mississippi.  While crossing this state, we stopped for fuel at the Flying J in Gulfport.   At $3.799, it was the cheapest we could find anywhere on our entire trip to AZ. We ran the tank lower than we usually do and I was getting a little nervous until we pulled up to the pump. We had traveled over 1000 miles since our last fuel stop and it took 155 gal to fill it up. Do the math and yep, the bill was almost $600.00! OUCH! Could anybody loan me a few bucks? :-)

Mississippi is not very wide down here on I-10 either, so we were soon crossing into Louisiana.. Hey, this is the 4TH state we have traveled in the same day!!

Soon we were almost to our destination for the day, Slidell, LA, where Ms Pats oldest son Gus lives. We haven't seen him for years and years.

We are using our new Elks Membership a lot.  It sure beats the heck out of Walmart parking lots and I sleep a lot better!    It was an easy find just off of I-10.......


Check out that Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.

There were a couple other RV's here but still plenty of room for us. Only $11.00 per night with 50amp and water... You can't beat a deal like that.

Ms Pat called her son Gus and he came right over and we sat and visited for a couple hours. Ms Pat was so happy to see him. We will be going over to his place this morning and look forward to spending the day with him and his wife Billie.

Tomorrow morning we will continue our trip on West with a short trip to Denham Springs, LA., the home of two more of our wonderful KID's!.....Rollie and Gina.  We are both so excited to see them, we can hardly wait. It's been a long time.....TOO long!!!

It is a GREAT WEEK!!!!
Although we celebrated Ms Pat's Birthday last Saturday at her Daughters place, TODAY is her Official Birthday!

From the bottom of my heart I want to wish this wonderful lady that God so Gracefully and Thankfully placed in my life over 25 years ago,
A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
I love you very much my dear!!

Thank you for stopping by and riding along with us on our journey.

Mike

This Blog is Published every Wednesday and Sunday

11 comments:

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

We cannot wait to see y'all. We agree it's been way too long. However, we are glad that y'all enjoyed all the time with family.

We love y'all,
Your kids

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

Happy Birthday Ms Pat!!

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

What a nice picture of Sabra's family and sister and brother-in-law.
We just drove that tunnel and put similar pictures on our blog...great minds think alike!
OMG...we didn't even know there was an Elks in Slidell. What a beautiful place and $11..a steal. We need to look at our book more closely! Glad you are having such wonderful visits with family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS PAT!

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Four states in one day...good thing that they aren't as wide as TX!
Oh, but you have that coming up next!
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Ron and Thelma said...

Happy Birthday Ms Pat Many more

Ali said...

Happy Birthday Ms. Pat!!! Are you coming through San Antonio & staying at the Alamo Area SKP on your way to AZ? If so, it would be great to see you!!!

~~Sue and Doug~~ said...

the diesel bill is a big ouch!!..sorry no extra coin here to loan you!..our gas is over $5 a gallon!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Wow, a thousand miles between fill ups. Oh how I would love that because fuel stops and fighting with credit cards and computerized fuel pumps is one of my least favorite things about traveling.

butterbean said...

Howdy P&M,
HAPPY NATAL DAY, PAT and many returns
of the day!!! Itz great you 'did' 4 states in 1 day, because NOW you can do 1 state in 4 days!!! What I want to know ARE Y'ALL going to see Abigail?? Gina & Rollie for sure
but don't forget the ggdotter!!!
Y'all surely have a bunch of good-looking relatives... Come by the ranch and we'll give you a parking spot and a cuppa Joe!!!

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

Happy, happy birthday to Ms. Pat!!

Glad you two are getting to see so much family on your trip.

We have not tried Elk's Lodge camping yet but plan to at our first opportunity. Glad it is working out for you.

Safe travels to Arizona!!

cindyj said...

Enjoyed reading about your trip! The pictures turned out good. I think I would hate to fill that thing up too often! Ouch! Hope next time you can spend more time visiting and it's not Halloween. Happy birthday again Aunt Pat!
Love you both...
Cindy