Gotta Love The Jello

 Posted by at 1:12 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 112013

The best part of the fulltime RV lifestyle is that we usually write our plans in Jello so we can change them any time we want or need to. And it happens more often that you might think.

We shook up the Jello a while back when we delayed our departure from Florida by a week due to Terry’s dental work. And today we’re shaking it again.

We had planned to stay here at the Tuscaloosa Elks lodge four nights, and to leave this morning. But a storm system is making its way across the region, with thunderstorms and strong winds, and gusts to 40 miles per hour. Who needs to be traveling in an RV in weather like that? Certainly not us! So we stirred the Jello and will stay an extra day until the weather clears up and then we’ll be on our way. Gotta love the Jello!

The good news is that this gives us an extra day to hang out with my son Travis and his wife Geli. That’s cool!

Yesterday the four of us drove to Deerlick Creek Park and Campground, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) park on the northeast side of Tuscaloosa which has 40 campsites with 30/50 amp power and water, concrete pads, a dump station, and bathhouse with coin operated showers and laundry. There are another six sites with water only, suitable for tent campers. The park has hiking and biking trails, a playground, and small beach. In the camping area we had two to three bars of Verizon 3G service. And best of all, if you have any of the National Park passes for seniors or the disabled, the cost is only $11 a night!

There are a bunch of geocaches hidden in the park, so after checking out the campground we spent some time caching, finding five with little difficulty. This was only my son’s second day caching, but he spotted two well hidden caches before the rest of us. Yeah, he’s hooked.

Driving back into town, we stopped on the riverfront to check out the Bama Belle, a paddlewheel riverboat that used to take folks on cruises up the Black Warrior River. Unfortunately, the riverboat is out of commission and its future looks uncertain at this point.


It was a nice day and we enjoyed sitting in the little riverfront park watching the activity on the water. This kayaker was moving right along and having a good time.


Another young man was throwing a cast net with no success, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.


They move a lot of barges up and downriver through here, but I guess the crews of these three riverboats were taking the day off.


Travis and Geli helped me hold down this park bench for a while, and we must have done a good job of it, because it was still there when we left.


Today we plan to just hang out here at home watching it rain and listening to the wind blow. Terry will try to get some proofing done on my new book, and this afternoon we’ll get together with the kids for one last dinner and visit before it’s time to say goodbye to them for this visit.

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  One Response to “Gotta Love The Jello”

  1. the same storm you are getting now came thru here night before last, this was the first severe weather warning we had, when it hit it started out very gentle and then all hell broke loose, high winds lightening and thunder and HAIL, we had half way set up for it, with one slide in, took us less than an minute to get the other slide in, quarter size or larger hail hit, lucky no damage, so you are so smart to wait it out. Travel safe please

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