April 20,2016

Before we left Camp Alexander and headed to Birmingham, there was one thing that Guy really wanted to do and what he has missed more than the house, the boats or lake was having a garage with his tools!! While we are there he could be doing some tree trimming, raking, just all around stuff on the property.

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After talking to the builder about building a garage and heard how long it would take Guy decided to buy something all built. So he and our son went off to find just the right storage unit. They decided on the biggest one 12×28′ garage, had it delivered, drove back to Alabama, rented a Uhaul truck, emptied out his tools from the storage unit there and proceeded to unload in the new tool room all in 2 days.

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the beginning of building shelves

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1st shelf built for the nuts and bolts

When we get back to the camp sometime in June he will finish up the shelves and  finish painting the outside. He now has tools and is ready to work on anything. He wants to build picnic tables and tables for camp stoves at the camp sites, as well as fire pits. We will only be back there for a week and then heading out for a long awaited adventure so not sure how much work will actually get done!

When we arrived back in Birmingham, our grandkids were out of school for spring break. Our daughter and son-in-law decided that we should all camp together for the week of spring break. The nice part about this park is how close it is to where our kids work and live. They both needed to work a couple of days during the week but still could be with us and the grandkids for dinner and campfires.

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We arrived before they did, you can make a reservation but you pick your own site when you arrive.  Since we are 45′ long we needed to make sure there was a spot big enough for us as well as having another site close to ours for them. I had called the camp office at the beginning of the week and explained how big we were, so they were gracious enough to save 4 sites for us to choose from.

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This is a wonderful park right in the middle of Birmingham, Oak Mountain State Park. There are 9,940 acres making it Alabama’s largest state park. The park offers mountain biking and hiking with 60 miles of trails. There are 2 lakes within the park that offers, sandy beaches, fishing, boat rental, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, as well as a flip slide cable for skiing and wake boarding. There are basketball courts, nature programs, Peavine Falls, interpretive center, 18 hole golf course and driving range.

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Mallori Rose taking a walk thru the trees

There is also horseback riding and a demonstration farm with horses, goats, chickens, pigs, peacocks.

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There are 85 sites with full hook ups, 60 primitive sites, fire rings at all sites, as well as bath houses. Needless to say it is a very busy park once camping season begins.

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Craig not sure he likes the smell

There is a nice short hike that we knew the kids could do and of course us old folks called Peavine Falls. It is nearly 65′ tall spring fed water fall with two ways to hike to it, one is rocky and straight down to the bottom of the falls about 1.7 miles, while the other easier hike ends at the top of the falls.

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If you hike to the bottom you can swim in the stream and little pools. I was surprised that the grandkids wanted to hike down the hard trail.

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Kristi, Jason, Mallori, 12 and Craig, 7

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A good time was had by all on this trip. The kids had a wonderful time riding bikes, hiking, sitting by the campfire and playing Left, Right, Center trying to beat Poppie and Sequence.

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On the day the kids left to go home we reserved a spot for another week as Craig and Jo, full time RVers, were arriving from Texas to hang with us and give us moral support while Guy is going thru treatments. We are hoping to travel together this summer up the UP of Michigan and over across the upper part of the States thru Nth and Sth Dakota over into Montana. We have not made any firm plans but will decide as we go!!

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While we were staying at Oak Mountain another full time Rving couple, Lee and Tracy, who were headed to her sisters in North Carolina, stopped for a few days as well. There weren’t any camp spots available at Oak Mountain, so they stayed over at The Hoover RV Park the first night, then the next morning the  4 of us moved over to Hoover Rv to be closer to Tracy and Lee.

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There is a tradition with full timers that if it’s a travel day who ever is not traveling will make dinner. I had made a taco salad with chips and avocado for Jo and Craig when they arrived. So since Jo liked it so much she wanted me to make it again for  Lee and Tracy and Jo made one of her famous Chocolate pies just for Lee who loves pie. All 6 of us had not seen each other since we all were camping together in The Outer Banks of Sth Carolina last year.

Thanks for following the “The Nomads” stay tuned to find out how much fun we have here in Birmingham with Jo and Craig.

Remember that this is the day the Lord has made REJOICE and be HAPPY.

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