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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

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We have been camped across the highway from what is one of the crown jewels of outdoor education in Alabama.  The Five Rivers Delta Resource Center just celebrated their tenth anniversary.


The complex is situated where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers meet and flow into Mobile Bay, forming the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.  About 20% of the country's water flows through this Delta.












The center has exhibit halls, conference and classroom facilities, hiking trails and kayak launches.  It is built on ground created when the causeway was built across Mobile Bay.  This is from where we took  our wildlife tours.  We took two through WildNative Delta Safaris.

The first was a one and a half hour on their pontoon boat, Osprey.  Captain Chris one of the best interpretive naturalists that I've seen.  He not only knows about the natural world in the Delta, he knows and understands the history of the region.  He talks about all of this in a way that anyone can understand.





Mobile Alabama

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We have spent the last week parked here at the Meaher State Park, in Spanish Fort Alabama.

We arrived at our waterside camping spot, greeted by four allegators patrolling the shore.  On most mornings they are there sunning in the shallow waters of Ducker Bay, which is a smaller part of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.


This is the little sister to the larger Mississippi River Delta.  It is home to a massive amount of flora and fauna, including those alligators, who prefer the shallow water and mud bottoms that make it easer to catch fish.  Better the fish than us.



Knowing nothing about this area we decided to take one of the several city tours which provide a good overview of Mobile.  We took the Trolly Tour with Gulf Coast Tours, hopping aboard at the Fort Conde visitors center.













We spent the morning getting an overview of Mobile's historic districts, as well as finding our city bearings.  After the tour, we walked the neighborhoods, finding our way to Callihan's Irish Social …

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself paddling alone up a coffee colored river, in the panhandle of north west Florida, and then hearing the strains of Scott Joplin's The Entertainer floating towards you.  A short time later you see "The Eagle Man" wearing a red "Make America Great Again" ball cap paddling down river with his wife, in their bright orange Wall Mark kayaks.  Welcome to the Blackwater River!

We spent a day floating eleven miles of the river, after arranging a shuttle through Blackwater Canoe Rental and Outpost.  Paul, our driver, explained the necessary details about the float.  About how we will launch at a bridge, and not see another for about five or six hours and when you do, that is where you will haul out.  It is the Deaton Bridge, and the river is unnavigable below.

Several of our neighboring campers learned the hard way.  They took inner tubes and began their float at Deaton Bridge.  They left Monday afternoon, and weren't…

Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama

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We have spent almost a week here in Oak Mountain State Park, outside of Pelham, Alabama.  It is described as the largest state park in Alabama.


We delayed our arrival by a day to avoid some rather severe weather which was forcast along the way down from Georgia. We arrived and had a day of nice weather, before the sever weather moved in again.  We were inundated by Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, and Tornado Watches.  While we got a lot of rain, and some strong wind gusts, we avoided the tornado's and large hail that was reported all around us.








We spent the day in AIROSMITH looking at our weather apps, and following weather radar, and storm tracks.  We could have passed as a mini Emergency Operations Center!

It does raise the question about how one handles dangerous weather while living on the road.  I had already committed to leaving the area of a forecasted hurricane.  Hopefully in enough time to avoid the crush of the mandatory evacuation order!  But what to do when you, and the…