December 11, 2015 (by Angela)
These artic blasts have made it hard to have fun on the local beaches lately, but Jim and I decided to give Dauphin Island, Alabama, a try today. Compared to the last few days, the temps were not to be too bad, though the sky was cloudy and there was a foggy mist.
When Jim and I were first considering making the switch to the RV lifestyle, we began reading blogs of those who had already taken the plunge. One couple’s blog we read only full-timed for a year, and then they returned to the sticks and bricks home and the more traditional lifestyle. Evidently, they had exhausted their funds, but it seemed to us that this couple treated their experience more like a year-long vacation than a change in lifestyle. Dauphin Island was one of the places about which they were most critical, not only in terms of the campground, but also in terms of the island and people themselves. Jim and I had to see the place and meet the people ourselves, so once we realized that we are camped about an hour from the island, we had to plan a visit. In our opinion, this other blogging couple was way to harsh in their assessments; we enjoyed our day at Dauphine Island, Alabama.
The drive to the island was enjoyable, but pictures did not turn out well due to the weather conditions. The bridge we crossed from mainland to island made me feel as if I were about to run off a ramp into the wild blue (or, in this case, the misty fog), but of course, once to the top, the island spread out before us.
First, we visited the main RV campground on the island, located near the ferry that runs between the island and Fort Morgan. They were very kind in allowing us to tour the campground.
Jim and I drove the full length of the island, looking at the beach homes and searching for a public beach at which we could let our dog romp. Finally, we met with much-appreciated success.
After the walking and romping, we were hungry, and Chewie was thirsty. I was pumped to visit the Lighthouse Bakery for lunch, but unfortunately, it was not to be. They were closed. 😦
Finally, we found our second choice for lunch. The food was good, but a little bit more in cost than we thought it should have been. Still, it was not drastically high.
It was a nice jaunt and a good day of exploration; however, we were all tired once back to the camper, so a nap was in order to wrap up our day.