The north is calling! The winter snowbird season is coming to an end and so we have begun our trek back up to New Hampshire for the summer. But we don’t want to go north too fast, it’s still cold and snowy up there. After spending a couple of months at Gulf Shores State Park on the Gulf of Mexico we only went about 20 miles to the Escapees Rainbow Plantation just west of Foley AL for a few days.
Escapees Rainbow Plantation, Summerdale AL
The annual Foley BBQ and Blues festival was great! Got us some good BBQ there!
Foley BBQ and Blues
On a different day we went to an arts and craft festival at Fairhope AL. The Azalea Trail Maids were there too. They are a group of high school seniors chosen yearly to serve as “Official Ambassadors” for the city of Mobile AL. They were being interviewed by local media when we saw them.
Azalea Trail Maids at Fairhope AL
After a few days around the Foley and Mobile AL area we ventured a bit further north, spending one free overnight at the Wind Creek Casino at Atmore, Alabama, and a couple other one night stays in small RV parks by Montgomery AL and Fort Payne AL.
Right now we are in an RV park very near Chattanooga Tennessee. How could we resist a visit to the Chattanooga Choo Choo? It was a real train, and is now a train car hotel. Each Pullman Train Car has been converted into a nice hotel room with a queen size bed. And there is a dining car too. Cool.
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo Pullman Car Hotel Rooms
We enjoyed Chattanooga very much. It’s a very nice little city. Just outside the city is Lookout Mountain. You can get to the top by car or take the Incline Railway–The World’s Steepest Passenger Railway. This has been designated as both a National Historic Site and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
Incline Railway, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga TN
At the top of the mountain is Point Park – Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, a ten acre memorial park overlooking the city.
Point Park, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga TN
After that we drove back downtown and across the Tennessee River to the “North Shore.” We got a kick out of the dance steps they had in various places along the sidewalks.
The Hokey Pokey
Coolidge Park, a waterfront park on the North Shore (of the Tennessee River), was busy with people on this nice Saturday afternoon. The park features a beautifully restored 100-year-old carousel, a Pavilion, and an interactive play fountain. The water has not been turned on yet so I was able to get this shot of one of the fountain animals with the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge.
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, Coolidge Park, Chattanooga TN
Coolidge Park Carousel
Hundreds of people were enjoying a walk on the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge across the Tennessee River. We did too.
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge
Naturally, the Chattanooga Choo Choo song is stuck in my head now.
- Distance from Gulf Shores AL: 426 miles
- Lodging 11 days: $305
- Gasoline: $130
- Distance to get to New Hampshire: 1055 miles to go