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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sweet Home Alabama

It was a pretty sweet day today, but before I get into my travels, I have to share a little incident from this morning as I was trying to leave the refuge.  Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities.  A couple that I had volunteered with at this refuge last year arrived last night for their three month stint.  I was happy that I didn’t miss meeting up with Katie and Bruce again before I left town.  They are a hard working volunteer couple that are a joy to be around.  Like me, they pretty much mind their own business.  There is another couple here that works hard, but the husband’s mission in life is to get into everyone else's business, and all the politics that are involved in any refuge they are at.  He drives some of us crazy.  I must say he was instrumental in getting my rig out of the campsites this morning.  It took a half an hour, and I would have been more than a nervous wreck if I had done it myself. 

Now for the good part.  As I was out on the entrance road hooking up the toad, Katie and Bruce stopped by to tell me this tale.  It seems as soon as I left the campground, Mr. Busybody confronted Katie to find out what it was in the two little black plastic bags that I had given her just before I left.  You see, the camp dumpster is about a quarter mile away, and I had already gotten rid of my trash last night.  Rather than having to trudge over to the dumpster, Katie had agreed to take Emma’s two little poop bags from this morning for me.  Ha Ha!  Had I known, I could have given Mr. Busybody two gifts from both of us everyday for the last three months!  You can bet I left with a giggle bubbling forth from me as I hit the road.

The 150 mile drive to the Isaac Creek COE campground near Camden, AL, was blissfully uneventful. 

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I had reserved site #17 sight unseen over the internet a while back.  When I arrived, I went inside the entrance booth to register, and after talking to the hosts, they suggested I might want to change my site to #37 right on the Alabama River/Claiborne Lake.  They were so accommodating for me.  As I made the drive around the loop to arrive at site 37, I was happy they had suggested the change. 

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I enjoy woodsy sites, but 37 had shade, a view along the river, and easy reception for my DISH.  For $10/night for water and electric, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

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                               If I sit on the bench at the rear of my site, I have a nice view of the dam.

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The other direction offers a nice river/lake view.  I’ll be here for a week just relaxing and visiting the area.  This place is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere, but with my trucker’s antenna and amplifier, I almost have full bars roaming.  I also set up the DISH for great reception in record time!  It was a sweet day to arrive in Alabama for sure!

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                                                                                    Goodnight all…

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

38 comments:

  1. What a lovely spot...enjoy!!

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  2. That's a great spot for $10. Funny story about your Mr. Busybody.

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  3. Great spot for a week of relaxin' good for you!

    And tee heee heeeee on the thoughts of the "parting gifts" going into Mr. Busybody's hands. It's the thought that counts!

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  4. That's a fine dam site you got there.

    We just got rid of our own poop bag, or I could have sent it priority to Mr. Nosey. No matter, the cats are working on something new for him.

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  5. lol about Mr. Busybody... Too bad you weren't able to leave him with gifts also! That looks like a great spot you have. Enjoy the peace and quiet!

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  6. Let's all do a cheer for uneventful!!! And another for the wife who has to answer such stupid questions from Mr. Nosey...

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  7. Oh what a lovely stop over for a week - enjoy it & relax!

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  8. That site does look heavenly!

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  9. OH how beautiful that site is. Enjoy and relax.

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  10. Sweet home Alabama, indeed!..enjoy the view!..it looks amazing!

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  11. Too bad Katie didn't tell him she didnt know, you told her it was a surprise and she
    didnt have the heart to open it yet as she was going to miss you and wanted to wait, but
    if he wanted he could open them :-)
    What a great site..time to unwind until your next mission

    Donna

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  12. Chuckle, chuckle ... yup, those baggies would have been an appropriate gift for Mr. Busybody. Lovely spot you landed there for a week.

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  13. I have come to enjoy the COE Parks and it looks like you hit paydirt. Very nice!

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  14. "blistfully uneventful"....that's a good thing! Enjoy the lovely campsite.

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  15. Had a good laugh at reading about Mr. Busybody. Looks like a nice campsite. Nice place to just kick back for awhile and explore the area.

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  16. Out in the middle of nowhere with waterfront of any kind sounds terrific to me! Looks like a wonderful place ot kick back and just be.

    Loved the story of Mr. Busybody. Wonder if he's an embarrassment to his wife?

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  17. Katie should've said, "Here, see for yourself" -- it might have deterred him from asking next time.LOL Your site looks great -- enjoy!

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  18. I just love your campsite, and it looks like the perfect place to unwind. It's hard to believe that anyone would actually ask what one person gave another. "Aw shit" would have been a good reply!

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  19. At least your friend back there gave you a chuckle to get you on the road.

    We love the COE parks too. We leave here tomorrow headed for one just up the road still in KS, then the next week to one in Nebraska. Later today I will start planning further out and look for ones in North and South Dakota.

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  20. Wonderful spot! Enjoy a relaxing, stress less week.

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  21. You're right in my neck of the woods. I grew up in Mobile and we are planning on spending a lot of time down that way starting in July when we hit the road. We're planning on lots of stays at COE campgrounds since we like being in the woods; have you found a good centralized internet portal for locating them or is a matter of hunting and picking with the usual suspects…rvparkreviews.com, recreation.gov, et. al.? I guess you shoulda left the presents from Emma over on the busybody's doorstep since he was so interested in it.

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  22. We just love the COE campgrounds, every single one we've stayed in has been just terrific! Looks like a wonderful spot and I've bookmarked it for a future visit..such a great story about Mr. Busybody! too funny!

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  23. Looks like you found a great spot! Should be a nice time to be in AL.

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  24. Those busybodies just get on my nerves, but at the same time we try to let them be whoever they are and just ignore them...sometimes not an easy task.

    Looks like a great spot...enjoy!

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  25. We like shade also but more so our dish to work, great site

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  26. There is always one...

    What a great site, how nice to be able to relax now, far away from Mr. BB. :c)

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  27. Welcome to Alabama, my home sweet home. I haven't been to that particular park yet but will after seeing ur spot. I've been to Prairie Creek and Miller's Ferry to camp and have ridden thru Gunter Hill. Don't think I'd ever stay at Gunter Hill but the other two are good...I really prefer Miller's Ferry for the views and my husband fishes there a lot. Hope u enjoy ur visit.

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  28. Looks like a perfect spot to kick back and take it easy for a bit.

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  29. Watchin' you real close now...Gotta see some of the COE parks we haven't hit yet..This one looks really nice!!!

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  30. George Stoltz said

    COE parks were always our favorites. Looks like a good place to while away some time

    Nice job on setting up. It should always be that easy.

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  31. Glad you got out okay and had an uneventful trip. Your new site is perfect. Enjoy!

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  32. Glad you got to your first destination safely and without incident. That's always a good day. Beautiful spot for a week. I know you'll enjoy it.

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  33. To think we could have repaid him for all the poop he gave us....Wasn't it nice to not see him today!

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  34. Funny story about the poop bags. Mr. BB obviously doesn't have a dog or he would've recognized right away what they were.

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  35. I'd say that's quite a bargain at $10 a night. Hope you relax and enjoy.

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