USS Alabama

by Colwyn Raum

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a fantastic way to visit the battleship USS Alabama and the submarine USS Drum. I think you should really visit it. By the way, did you know that there were at least seven other ships named Alabama?

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The USS Alabama is also called the Mighty A. The USS Alabama is 75 years old. It was commissioned in 1942 and fought in WW2.  It was launched on February 16, 1942, and was decommissioned on January 9, 1947. Its sister ships are the USS Massachusetts, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota. The USS Alabama was brought to Mobile bay, Alabama in 1964. It weighs 42,500 tons and is 680 feet in length from stem to stern.  The ship’s length is half of the height of the Empire State Building.  The USS Alabama had 130,000 horsepower engines.  Originally, the USS Alabama was to be scrapped, but it was turned into a museum instead.

The captain of the USS Alabama was Captain George B. Wilson.  The USS Alabama’s first deployments were in the Orkney Islands, Newfoundland, and Norway. She spent most of the war after that fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. The USS Alabama fired 1250 shells, and shot down 22 enemy aircraft. She never incurred any damage, nor lost any men due to enemy action. This gave her the additional nickname, the Lucky A.

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It costs $6 for kids, $15 for adults, and $13 for seniors. Hours are: Mon-Thu 8am-3pm, Fri-Sat 8am-4pm, and Sun 8am-3pm. You can check out aircraft, tanks, and artillery as well. You can host private parties and birthday parties there. There is also a program for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and church groups where you can stay overnight in the USS Alabama (In the bunks, of course). It’s $20 per person for admission.

Again, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a wonderful way for people to see the battleship, submarine, aircraft, artillery, and tanks in person. I would recommend it to people (and kids!) who want to see a battleship, but don’t want to leave the state of Alabama to see one. You can even pretend to man one (or two) of the guns.

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Mobile Recap

I didn’t have much in the way of expectations for Mobile, Alabama, but I was pleasantly surprised – in both directions.  Let’s go over the good, the bad, and the ugly.

All About Relaxing RV Park

The RV park we stayed in was beautiful and very well maintained.  When we arrived at All About Relaxing RV Park, the office was closed, but the owner met us at the gate and showed us to our site, and helped us get backed in.  In the morning when I went to the office to register, they were practically bending over backwards to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed.  I got recommendations for restaurants, sight-seeing, you name it.  She told us to call any time, day or night, if we needed anything.  The campground is relatively small, just one straight road of sites.  At the end of the road is a pool (not heated), two gazebos with tables and porch swings, a fire pit, dog park, and the showers/laundry room.  Along one side of the park are more porch swings, a giant chess set, a badminton net, etc.

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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

by Lachlann Raum

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is full of history and is a great place to learn about the history of America. 19 people were buried here (seemingly standing up) in a freakishly small cemetery.

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Tallahassee Recap

Our time in Florida has come to a close and it’s time to move west!  Let’s recap the who/what/where/when/why of Tallahassee.

Newport Campground

We stayed at a nice little campground right on Rte 98 in Crawfordville, Newport Campground.  This was a tiny little campground with only 6 full hookup sites and 20 primitive campsites.  It’s nestled in the woods and as far as I could tell, all the full hookup sites backed the woods.  Each site had a picnic table, fire pit, and grill, and all the utilities worked fine for us – it actually had better water pressure than our last campground.

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Crystal River Recap

 

We have officially completed our first stop as full-time RVers and we’re ready to move on!  I thought I’d give a rundown of everything we did of Crystal River and what we thought of the area.

Gulf Coast RV Park

We stayed at Gulf Coast RV Park in Inglis, Florida, which is about 10 minutes north of Crystal River.  Now, we’re a bit new at this, so we might not be as adept at assessing parks, but we liked this one.  There may have been a few permanent residents, but all sites were clean and well-kept.  It was mostly older folks with lots of small dogs – I think I only saw one or two kids the entire two weeks we were there.  However, the older folks were perfectly nice and nobody had a problem with my kids riding their bikes or taking the dog to the dog park unsupervised.  There’s no playground, but there is a nice, heated pool and a big fenced-in dog park.

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Three Sisters Springs

by Colwyn Raum

Three Sisters Springs is an enjoyable way to spend some free time, and I would recommend Three Sisters Springs to people who want to see manatees. Three Sisters Springs is a group of five springs called The Big Sister, The Little Sister, The Pretty Sister, Idiots Delight 1 and Idiots Delight 2. Going to the Three Sisters Springs is an easy way to see manatees in their natural environment. In addition to this activity being fun, it also helps save the manatees through your admission fee.

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Crystal River Archaeological State Park

-by Lachlann Raum

Hello! This is an educational blog post about Crystal River Archaeological State Park. I hope you enjoy and decide to come here yourself! It is important to come here because this is a very historical site and there are lots of amazing things to see and do. Did you know that the temple mounds here were important ceremonial sites about 1,600 years ago?

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