Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores Alabama

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After a mad dash south to warmer climes, we settled in for a 2 week stay at Gulf State Park. The birds were happy to have a break. They perked up after a couple of rest days and began a campaign of dive bombing us, chewing their treat stick to a nub, scattering food about, and generally creating mayhem. 

Bunsen Thinks He Has Position On The Treat Stick
Bunsen Thinks He Has Position On The Treat Stick
Mo Thinks Otherwise
Mo Thinks Otherwise

We did convince them to pose for a Christmas photo.

The Boys Pose For Their Christmas Picture
The Boys Pose For Their Christmas Picture

Then we posed at the park’s Christmas Village.

The Grinch and Cindy Lou Hoo
The Grinch and Cindy Lou Hoo

Temperatures were about 10 degrees above normal. We had many days with highs in the 70s and a few with humidity above 95%. Morning fog was prevalent.

We enjoyed hanging out in T-shirts and shorts! We even broke out the grill. Deb decided to grill some broccoli. Such is life with a vegetarian!

The Beginnings Of Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
The Beginnings Of Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Fog Rolls In Mid Afternoon
Fog Rolls In Mid Afternoon

We spent a lot of our time bike riding.  The park has a wonderful network of paved and boardwalk trails that are great for biking.

Gulf State Park Trail Map
Gulf State Park Trail Map
Beach Mouse Bypass Boardwalk With Campground Across The Lake
Beach Mouse Bypass Boardwalk With Campground Across The Lake

After about a week, we decided that the bikes needed a little work, so we scheduled maintenance service at a local shop: Infinity Bicycles. In the meantime, we decided to check out the park’s bike share program. The bikes are sturdy single speeds with coaster brakes. The app that manages them is hereby nominated for “worst app in the history of the world”. Among its insults to the user are a display that shows all bikes in the system with no way to filter out those in use, a complete lack of instructions or help, and inability to back up from an incorrect entry short of uninstalling and reinstalling. We finally managed to check out a couple of bikes and enjoyed the ride. We were very happy to get our own bikes back, and they felt brand new!

We Waited Two Weeks For A Great Sunset!
We Waited Two Weeks For A Great Sunset!
The Early Pelican Gets The Fish
The Early Pelican Gets The Fish

 

Site: 324. Wi-Fi is so-so. Good Verizon.

Previous Visit:19-Dec-2020

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