For the last few days Terry has had a very stiff neck and a nagging headache. By Thursday evening it was so bad it was making her sick to her stomach and she said her whole body ached. So I asked the folks in the office here at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation if they knew of a good chiropractor in the area, and Millie Small recommended Doctor Hightower, down in Foley. She said that many of the folks here at the campground use him.
We went in to see him yesterday, and after taking x-rays he gave Terry an adjustment. The doctor is an old-fashioned bone cruncher who wants to help his patients in one visit if at all possible. Not like many of the chiropractors we’ve talked to across the country who only want patients who will be able to follow a “treatment plan” that requires you to come in a dozen times or more before they do you any good. I’ve got a couple of good friends who are chiropractors who say that’s more about marketing than treating a patient.
When we were done at the chiropractor’s we ran a couple of errands, and then decided to have lunch down in Gulf Shores. We love seafood and this is a great place to find it. It seems like there’s a seafood restaurant on every corner, ranging from small dive type places to expensive venues.
A very successful self-made businessman once told me that you don’t have to know everything in the world, you just need to know who to call when you have a question about something, and then trust the experts. So I called my buddy Greg White. Greg is not only one of the smartest people I’ve ever known, he also appreciates good food, and he grew up in Gulf Shores. I know if anybody could steer me right, it would be Greg.
He recommended DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, which was just a block or so from the beach. We got there about 12:30 and there was a pretty good-sized crowd. When I went in to get my name on the list for a table the owner or manager, I’m not sure which, was on the phone with somebody who wanted to play 20 Questions. I could only hear her side of the conversation, but it went something like “Yes, we have seven lunch specials. Yes, we have seafood. Yes, we have shrimp. Yes, like I said we have seven lunch specials today. Yes, we have things besides seafood. Yes, you can get your seafood broiled or blackened if you don’t like it fried. Yes, we have oysters.”
Really? You call a place with seafood in the name and want to know if they serve seafood? You’re a real special kind of stupid, aren’t you? I had to give her credit. By then I’d have wanted to reach through the phone and strangle the person. Instead, when she finally got rid of him and hung up, I asked her if they had any lunch specials and if they served seafood. That got a laugh out of her.
It took us about 10 minutes to get seated, and Terry and I both ordered blackened grouper, hers with okra and fried green tomatoes and mine with French fries and corn fritters. One bite of our food was all it took to know that Greg had been right once again. (Yes Greg, you’re always right.) Our lunch was absolutely delicious, and DeSoto’s definitely gets added to our Favorite Restaurants guidebook.
After a couple more stops, we got back to the campground just in time to pick up a package that was waiting for us in the office and then to go over to the activity center for social hour. We saw several folks we knew, including Norm and Linda Payne, who we have known for many, many years and always enjoy crossing paths with. They have a home here at Rainbow Plantation and we had a nice chat with them, sharing some laughs about our adventures on the road.
The chiropractic adjustment helped Terry quite a bit, though she’s still not feeling completely back to normal yet. Several people have asked us to get together for dinner while we’re here, but we’ll have to play it by ear and see how she feels. A couple of people have said they might stop over during the day and visit. That’s always one of the great things about visiting an Escapees park, we are all part of a big extended family and you’re never a stranger at any of them you go to.
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