Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mobile, Alabama Labor Day "Bay"cation

Labor Day weekend including Friday was spent in the Mobile, Alabama area sightseeing.

Friday on the drive over we followed the Hwy 90 along the coast in Mississippi and Alabama. Stopping to eat at the Island View casino in Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House. Our trip included a tour of Beauvoir, the final home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Beauvoir was extensive damaged by Hurricane Katrina but the house held together just enough so that the furniture remained inside the home. Following restoration and repainting, the home now is in back on tour. The Beauvoir grounds and gardens are still in need of repair and maintenance.

Saturday was spent sightseeing the loop around Mobile Bay. We started off at Belligrath Gardens and Home south of Mobile. We continued down to the coast and to the first of the Gulf Islands. We took the 45 minute ferry ride from Dauphin Island to the eastern shore. Drove north towards Foley where we stopped to eat at Lambert's, Home of the Throwed Roll (yes they will throw dinner rolls to you across the dining room). We ended our day shopping at the huge Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, a gigantic place with a great selection of stores.

Sunday the weather did not cooperate. We started our day in pouring down rain at the USS Alabama/USS Drum memorial site in Mobile. Luckily the facility includes a large hanger full of airplanes so we started there. The rain ended about the time we finished in the hanger so we continued our tour outside on the USS Drum (a submarine) and the USS Alabama (a battleship). We drove into downtown Mobile into the restored downtown turned arts district to eat lunch. Our afternoon was spent in Fairhope, Alabama which was so quaint that most of the shops were closed on Sunday afternoon. We ate Sunday dinner at a restaurant that cooked Japanese habachi style.

Monday we drove home, stopping in Gulfport to stretch our legs and check out the outlet mall there (not much to see at the outlet mall). I came home to discover wet carpet in the downstairs bedroom. The plumber and the insurance agency have both been called. I see more sheetrock dust in my future.