On the road to Gulf Shores Alabama

We started a trip today for Gulf Shores Alabama. We will be staying at Anchors Away RV Park for about 5 days. We have our youngest daughter and her four children with us. We usually take them to the beach each year and go to Port Aransas, TX. However, they said they wanted to try a different beach this year, so we picked Gulf Shores. Hopefully the beaches will not be choked with seaweed like they were last year at Port Aransas.

Our trip started out late as usual. We had planned to leave around 11 am but got off at a little after 12 noon. Our daughter lives in Hardin, TX which is on the way for our trip out Interstate 10. Since we have four young children, we thought a short day would be good. We stopped just short of Lafayette, LA at the Frog City RV Park in Duson, LA. This campgound has about 62 sites with about 40 of them being pull thrus. It was raining when we got here so we haven’t been able to take much of a look at the park. I’ll post more on the park later.

Mother nature took a swipe at us today. Just outside of Orange, TX we ran into a very powerful thunderstorm. I could see it coming but had no choice but to press forward. The wind came up and was blowing the tops of the trees around in a swirling motion. Then the rain came down and just behind that the hail started. We had a hail storm that lasted for several very long minutes. A lot of people pulled off to the side of the road because the hail was so hard. I finally joined the off the road crowd and waited for the hail to subside. I am very surprised that we didn’t get any dents in the truck or the car that my wife is driving. We have to have two vehicles because there are seven of us and a dog traveling with a 5th wheel trailer.

The rain and hailed finally stopped. Just about the time we got to the turn off for this campground, the storms started again. Once again I had to get out and set up in the rain. After we had been here for awhile, I needed to go to the bathroom. While standing there doing my business, I looked up and noticed that the plastic vent cover had several holes in it. They were obviously caused by the hail storm. I went on the roof to do a check of other possible damage. The only other damage was that one of the vent pipe covers that is screwed down was completely gone. The hail had hit it just right to cause it to spilt and separate. The screw that holds it on is still there but the pipe is wide open. I’ll have to try to solve that problem tomorrow!



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