Today we had to pack up and move out of the Davis Bayou campground. While we have been here, we had hooked up to electricity and water, but a sewer connection was not provided at any of the campsites. Now, if talk about sewer and disposing of it makes you think that I'm sharing too much, you can skip ahead to the next paragraph! But if you are curious about the real world of living in this trailer for weeks, just stay with me! Anyway, we have 2 tanks under the trailer to hold waste water: gray water (from our sinks and shower) and the black tank, which is not totally water, if you get what I mean! So when we are parked for a week, we have to be a little conservative on our water usage for the gray tank, because we use more than there is room for. We conserve on water going down the drain (quick showers, showers in the campground facility and paper plates, for example), but by the last day, when the gauge has been telling us 100% full for 2 days, we keep our fingers crossed that it will hold just a little bit more! So this morning we hitched up and stopped by the dumping station on the way out of the campground to unload. And that's not really a big deal, just takes a little more thought and planning. Honestly, a lot of the places we stay have sewer hookups at each campsite, and we don't have to give it a second thought. We could also get around it by hitching up and visiting the dump station sooner, or using one of the little containers made to transport your dumpage from the trailer to the station. That then means that you have to have a way to store said container while traveling, and we don't have a spot for that. Is that enough said about the disposition of our waste water? I think so!
We had a short drive, about 60 miles, I think, to Theodore, Alabama. We traveled east on Highway 90, which roughly parallels I-10. We are staying at a park we visited 2 years ago, All About Relaxing! Doesn't that sound like a good spot? It's a private campground with full hook-ups plus other amenities. No worries about tanks this week! First thing we did was some laundry and long showers! We got all settled in, and didn't really cook supper unless you count heating leftovers in the microwave! We watched some episodes of Bones and just relaxed, which is required here!
It was a quiet and restful night, and mostly sunny, about 50 degrees today. We decided to see the city today, so we got some directions and recommendations from people here, and drove into downtown Mobile. We found the Visitor Center and parking, then walked along Dauphin Street. It's the old city center, with some stores and parks and eateries. We ate a a restaurant named A Spot of Tea, and had a good lunch. Bob had a seafood bisque and crabcake, he gave it a thumbs up, and I had a good chicken salad sandwich on a very fresh croissant. I think this is the second time we've eaten in a restaurant on this trip.
We walked to the History Museum and found a lot more to look at there than we had expected. Some interesting displays about the history of the city, all the way back to the native Indian population. And extensive information about the early slave trade, the treatment of the slaves and eventually the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement. This seemed to be to be a non-partisan display of history. Also learned a little about the history of Mardi Gras, which is showing up in outdoor decorations now. Plus, there was an impressive Vikings exhibit from Uppsala, Sweden, to get us remembering our own possible ancestors!
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