Monday, October 18, 2010
General Joe Wheeler State Park
On October 14, Thursday, we arrived at General Joe Wheeler State Park. General Wheeler was a General in the Confederate Army and later served in the US Army. Wheeler State Park is an Alabama State Park comprised of a golf course, marina, hiking trails, lodge rentals, restaurant, campground, cabins and lakeside cottages. The Lakeside Cottages are really outstanding and were built just a few years ago. It would be a great place for a family reunion. In addition there is the Elk River Group Lodge which has 13 separate bedroom and can accommodate 30. It has a commercial kitchen and large living room with linens and cookware provided!
We are having a great time here, kayaking, bicycling and golfing. (seeing this picture with Jim's knees makes me think maybe we need to pop for a bigger kayak for him....) Today Jim and I golfed 9 holes together (my limit for fun) and he golfed 18. During his last 9 holes I took a 10 mile bike ride into Rogersville where there is a grocery store and hardware. Meanwhile, BooBoo visited with Campbell on Mas Bueno and Buddy.....well he did not get an invitation to visit anyone.
Buying groceries is usually a challenge as we are walking or more often biking to the grocery store. In this case, the grocery store is 10 miles away, so we load up our bikes with the panniers and other carrying devices (of which we have many!)
Often we host or attend cocktail parties to get to know the other loopers, so we need appetizer "stuff" to serve or bring to our host.
Last night we attended a celebration of completion of the Loop by our friends in Mas Bueno. They had finished in 14 months and are from Soddy Daisy Tennessee, right near Wheelers. Hal popped a bottle of champagne and we celebrated, then to their surprise, they were honored at a cocktail party along with another boat Amalfi, who finished after 18,000 miles!
Our friends the Parrents are here with their three children and BooBoo has been invited for his first overnight. Should be fun! Sorry Buddy, you are stuck at home with YOUR parents!