Monday, August 17, 2015

July 18 2015 - Hattiesburg, MS to Mobile, AL

Yikes! It was ALREADY a HOT morning.  It looked like the temperature will hit triple digits!

As we were getting ready to close the slideouts one of them would not shut in properly.  Erwin had to climb up to the rooftop of our Lil' Home (LH) to see what the problem was.  It turned out that there was a water puddle sitting in the middle of the awning.  After correcting the problem we were able to close the slide out.  We need to check the awnings to be sure after any future rain.

We wanted to spend few hours exploring Hattiesburg and we left our LH at Super Walmart off 49 South. We took the Jeep.

First stop was to visit Oaklawn Cemetery on Hardy Street. The cemetery was built in late 1800 and there are many old tombstones, it was a delight to Edith's eyes.

There was another cemetery to visit, but it was closed.  Anyway, there were not many tombstones or monuments.

Hattiesburg downtown was very quiet, not much traffic and many stores were closed. There were some interesting murals and wall signs.  At one place the Confederate flag was flying near the monument.

Our friend asked us if we could stop at a seafood market to see if they have frozen gator tails or meats to buy.  We stopped at one, but they did not have any.

We loved Raising Canes and found out that there is one not too far from University of Southern Mississippi campus.  Oh boy, the parking lot was packed, but we were lucky to find one outside of it.  Inside the restaurant the line was long and we had to wait more than 5 minutes before they took our order in.  We chose the Caniac Combo (6 chicken fingers, french fries, Texas toast, cole slaw and lemonade (30 cents extra). They were very delicious and the fingers were moist and cooked to perfection!

On our way back to Super Walmart we went into the University of Southern Missisippi campus, known informally as Southern Miss. It was founded in 1910 and the campus is very beautiful.

We Left Hattiesburg at 1 pm. It started to get very very hot.  We had the generator running while we were on the road so we could have power for the air conditioners.

Erwin realized that he took the wrong exit and had to go 1 mile, make an U-turn to get on 98 East.

On our way into Alabama Edith called Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, AL via Sorenson Video Relay service to get information on campsite availability.  There were some available, but all waterfront sites were not available.  One night's fee was $34 and we decided to look elsewhere.

Edith googled Passport America for campgrounds in or near Mobile, AL and found there was one northwest of Mobile. Only $9.26 a night, so we went there instead. Passport America ( invented the 50% Discount Camping Club in 1992. Over 1900 campgrounds across the US, Canada, and Mexico are currently participating in the Passport America Program, with new parks joining daily.

We settled into Chickasabogue Park in Eight Mile, AL, about 9 miles northwest of Mobile, AL. Because it was still very hot outside we decided not to go out for the night.

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