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Old 02-26-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hello all.
XYL and I will be leaving Houston early March to wander along the gulf coast and down to Key West.
What CG's do u like (must have electric) and what things should we see?

I have a list of every museum ship in US so don't need info on USS Alabama for example.

We like museums, lighthouses, nautical themes, cg on beaches and anything unusual that makes a community special or unique.

We will continue up Atlantic coast late spring, so thought I could get the discussion started with just the gulf coast.

Thanks for your ideas.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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Well, I-95 (Costal highway) GA exit 49 (Darien) The Darien outlet mall, Then the Darien visitor's center (as you pull into the mall look for the Polo, Ralph Lauren store, to your right as you face it is a walkway, take the other side of this walkway)

Alte (I think that is the spelling) Darien's answer to Nessie (the lock ness creature).

Lunch, fast food, Wendy's. BK, MC-D,, All meals, Waffle house,, All but Breakfast B-J's (about a mile down 251 then (Opposite direction from mall) then turn right about half a mile on right. Lunch again Billy's BBQ,, I like the brisket, (Corner of 251 and 17 unless he moves, which he is planing to do, place is too small) Hit Bi-Lo across the road for supplies first and you get half off on your 2nd sandwich at Billy's.

Historic Fort King George (About 3 miles, go past B&J's (directions above) and turn left at the light or sign and .. Follow your GPS... (Darling Daughter used to live net door).

Jeckel island is about 50% museum, Houses of the Rich and Famous type,

Back to the freeway and continue south and we have selected islands you can visit, bridge fees may apply,, Jeckel has a campground.
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If you like cars, you could come to Tallahassee RV Park, 850-878-7641, which is where I mostly live these days. Run by really nice folks, and well maintained. It's about a mile from Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. Though Tallahassee is not a big town, that is a truly big-time car museum and a great place to tour.
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I have always liked Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay. Pretty nice city owned campground, with full hook ups and shade, a revolutionary war fort, an aquarium, great fresh seafood, museums and ships. Nice nature preserve and aviary.

The campground caters to fishermen, mostly. It is essentially a great big fish camp, but a nice one.

Speaking of fish camps: http://www.felixsfishcamp.com/

Likely the best place to eat on the Alabama shore. Very near the USS Alabama.
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I appreciate the feedback, this gives me some more info to look at.

Good food places are always welcome to know, esp. if its BBQ!

we are heading for Galveston Island SP today, so will have a few days to relax and plan the net couple weeks.

Now if I could get the rain to stop, that would OK also.
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We will continue up Atlantic coast late spring, so thought I could get the discussion started with just the gulf coast.
Georgia has an amazing coastline. I can tell you a bit about Savannah and the State Parks around there.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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I-10 Mississippi welcome center just past LA border has a tour bus to the NASA Stennis rocket engine testing facility. Dauphin island on Mobile Bay has Fort Gaines, site of John Paul Jones "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" battle of Mobile Bay. Pensacola Naval Air Station has a great naval air museum.
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Pensacola Naval Air Station has a great naval air museum.
I'll say. If you have a week or so you could probably see most of it.

And don't miss Battleship Park in Mobile Bay, with USS Alabama (ww2 battleship), USS Drum (ww2 submarine) and lots more.

Then there's Pelican Island in Galveston TX, where you can tour USS Cavalla (ww2 submarine) and a destroyer escort whose name, as we say in Florida, I disremember. Cavalla is particularly meaningful for me because my father was aboard her on 6/19/44 when she sank IJN Shokaku, Japanese aircraft carrier, with a spread of six torpedoes as part of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. (Shokaku was one of the six carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41.) I believe it was my father, a chief radioman, who transmitted the famous message Believe that baby sank reporting the attack. "That baby" did sink, but the US Navy couldn't be sure until it was confirmed by a POW some months later. It was a particular thrill to me to tour Cavalla and sit in the seat my father sat in and touch the radios he used.
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It was a particular thrill to me to tour Cavalla and sit in the seat my father sat in and touch the radios he used.
I bet that was a thrill!

Pictures perhaps? (In another thread)
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I bet that was a thrill!

Pictures perhaps? (In another thread)
Wasn't carrying a camera.
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