Monday, February 8, 2010

Red Bay, Alabama

Well.....what can I say about Red Bay, Alabama? Not that much, really. Bob and I often talk about the fact that there is always something that we just love about every place we have been, and at first, we thought that Red Bay might prove to be the only place that would not be true of this. It's a little Southern, working class town, in NW Alabama. Not normally too awfully cold in Winter, except the past two weeks have been "exceptionally cold" (i.e. FRIGID!) And we are not that happy about being "stuck" here for what will probably be at least a month....but we are making the best of it.

And , of course, it is the home of Tiffin Motorhomes, that alleged wonderful, quality manufacturer. And for all of the "Tiffinites", coming here is like a pilgrimage to Mecca. We were actually looking forward to our first trip up to Red Bay with the new motorhome. As it turned out to be so cold and the work has turned out to be so invasive, we are not really enjoying ourselves much. The exception has been that we met some wonderful folks from Marathon, FL, Bobbie and Chuck Bayles and we had great fun "feeding" off of each other for new and innovative ways to "redecorate" these new motorhomes! They got "released" this weekend and headed down to Marathon...so we will miss these guys that we enjoyed so much!! But we'll meet these two fun folks again!!!


And then some other SKP's arrived, Norm and Mary Schrer and Beth and Wayne Roberts so we've had some little Happy Hours and even had our own Super Bowl party last night. Beth and Wayne are former Escapade Directors and they have great stories to share; it's been wonderful sharing time with these folks!!

So we are making the best of a not-so-good situation, and we are actually finding there are some things to love about the town of Red Bay...we have become "regulars' at Swamp John's and Katie Kake's....the people here are so wonderfully Southern....and they serve Chocolate Gravy for breakfast!

We're still looking for some of that Tiffin kool-aid, but it has eluded us thus far.....maybe yet, there's still plenty of time left for us here in Red Bay, Alabama.

12 comments:

Dale said...

You need to try Ezzel's. It's a BBQ place. It's a block off Main Street, next to Tiffin Lumber. There is a sign on the main drag showing where to turn. Nothing fancy, but hey. . . we refuse to eat at Swamp Johns. You could also trek out to see the Coon Dog Cemetery. Kind of neat in a spooky way.

Good luck.

Dale

Chasingthe70s said...

I sure hope things turn warmer in AL for you guys, and they get on the ball fixing what should have been fixed before the rig ever left AL.

H.A.P.P.Y. B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y. MOLLY

Margie and Roger said...

Hi,
We met you at the Tampa RV Show/RV Dreams brief GTG. Don't forget to try the Piggly Wiggly for lunch. Heard that the Mexican Restaurant near the campground is good - but we didn't try it. We had a decent breakfast over at a small place in Golden, MS. When we were there in the fall, Ezzel's made nightly catering to the campground. Pretty good food. We did Swamp John's once - felt I was having breakfast in a gas station garage, oh yeah, we were. Too bad they didn't clean it up before they turned it into a restaurant.

Jim and Dee said...

I hope you're still living in the RV around the work being done. They must have hired new people that don't know how to correct things. Good luck and hope you get out soon.

Terry said...

Hey if you get to Florence, killing time, check out the city campground on the Tennessee River at the City Marnia. Nice place with extra wide concrete pull throughs. Also in the area is the Helen Keller home and museum

Bob and Molly said...

Hey Terry..thanks for the info...we will do Ezzel's and I want to go to Helen Keller's also!!
We will leave here Friday, regardless of issues; told them to just get us to a point and let us go, and they are trying to do this. We'll come back later for the finish.

Joe and Sherri said...

Well I hope all is well in your camp. We are looking for snow here Thursday.

Mark and Dortha said...

As much time as we have spent in Red Bay and somewhere along the way we have missed Katie Kates.

I am soooo sorry you guys have to be there. I remember the feeling of being there with a motorhome that had less than 200 miles on it and the frustrations that went along with it!

Hope you guys are out of there soon and we are looking forward to seeing you both real soon. Until then stay warm and travel safe.

Margie and Roger said...

Sorry to read on the Forum about your problems with Tiffin. Hope the majority of things can be worked out and you can get back on the road. It must be very frustrating to have a beautiful new coach become so messed up while the work is going on. Hang in there - better days are ahead.

Maryann said...

Hi you two,
So sorry the weather has been so cold in 'bama..it has not been that great here in Leesburg,we will be heading West next year!!

We plan to be at the rally in Texas,and look forward to seeing you once again.

Stay warm.

Maryann and Bill/drsmom

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