You do meet the most amazing people in this lifestyle!! Probably one of the BEST perks of full-timing!!
|Our Site at Rainbow|
That's when all the fun began....NOT!!!!! We got up Friday morning just as usual. Mike took our little Shih Tzu, Nick, out for his bathroom break, came back in and we ate a lite breakfast....I remembered we were going to Big Daddy's Grill for lunch!! I had plans to disturb my doctor terribly and have fried shrimp!! I LOVE fried shrimp and I practically never eat anything fried anymore!! A splurge...why not???? After breakfast I was about to take my shower and Mike was going to go back outside when he discovered he couldn't unlock the door!!
He tried several times....nothing!! He got out his "FOB" and tried that....nothing!! We looked at each other and just shook our heads! I had the great idea of opening the window and yelling for someone to come and try the keypad for us....I thought this was a logical solution!! MEN....they just can't resist the opportunity to crawl through a window whenever they get a chance!! So Mike crawled through the egress window!! That wasn't easy....let's just say that from this moment forward, no matter what, we go through the door!! Ooops, its locked!!! We both felt like it was stuck or something and just simply keying in our code on the keypad was all it would take....nothing!! He tried that several times...nothing!! He tried his key....nothing!! He tried the "FOB"....nothing!! Well alrighty!! We have a problem!! He was locked out and I was locked in!!
|The lock as it was when it was first installed|
|The lock after being pulled off the door|
|The door after we finally got the lock off 3 hours later|
We left Rainbow at 2:15 Friday (central time) and headed for Hohenwald Tennessee! We had originally thought we could drive the entire distance getting into Hohenwald around midnight! The Oliver representative said they had someone on standby ready to let us in no matter how late it was. We got to the north side of Birmingham and we both, doggie and all, decided we had enough!! Now to find a campground on a Friday night during fall, a heavy camping season. We called a few and the closest we could get was Joe Wheeler State Park and they were willing to wait for us!! As we kept traveling I knew we couldn't make it. Mike has had a stroke (ischemic optic neuropathy) in the back of his left eye that has caused him to be nearly blind in the left eye!! Night driving is something we both avoid if at all possible!!! I could drive and would have but we were both very tired. About that time our son called and he too was worried about driving late and tired. In a few minutes he text me back and said he had found this campground in Cullman Alabama and the lady was very very nice!! They lived right on property and would be willing to check us in at any time!! Cullman...we can make that!!!!
|Office at Cullman Campground|
|Our site at Cullman Campground|
( Before I go any further, Phyllis of My Own Highways in My Mind, had made a wonderful offer to us that if at any time we needed to stop nearby she and her sweet husband would be delighted for us to stay on their property!! Phyllis and Leonard bought land and an adorable home in Cullman a few years ago and it just so happens to have room for friends to stop over. The only problem, Phyllis, is I didn't know how to get in touch with you!! I looked at everything I knew to look at and didn't find a phone number and it was so sudden I couldn't send a blog message).
We arrived at Cullman Campground around 10:00. We didn't even unhitch. We pulled into our site, which was right next to the office and across the street from the owners home!! We bungied our door closed for the night and got some rest!!
When we woke up Saturday morning we saw a delightful campground!! We couldn't see much Friday night and were really too tired to care. We walked down to a beautiful pond where we saw this beautiful white goose and a black mallard enjoying the morning. We saw beautiful trees in full fall color!!
I can't tell you how upset we both have been!! We had a wonderful couple weeks planned in the gulf area and had been looking forward to being there. It was then, looking at this beautiful nature, that I realized that God is in control. It might have been our plan to be in the gulf area but it was His plan for us to see this gorgeous fall beauty!! Even in something unforeseen (like the lock issue), He can bring beauty to the moment!! That is exactly what He did this morning on our drive to Hohenwald. This wasn't our plan but I think God can bring beauty to every situation if we allow Him to.
|We passed this going to Hohenwald|
|Inside the showroom area at Oliver|
|Looking out the garage door at the showroom|
|A pull-off from the Natchez Trace|