Joyce and Charlie arrived midday on September 20th... just in time for a torrential downpour! We sat it out in the gazebo on their site.
|Joyce in the gazebo... waiting out the rain.|
|Pam and Ernie ready to pull in while we wait at their pergola|
|Three friends work to get a good selfie... again.|
|Pizza was ordered and delivered within an hour of the reunion.|
Let the eating begin!
|Early dinner at Bahama Bob's in Gulf Shores.|
|Wait staff surely hate these picture requests but we can't resist.|
Notice the Gulf's reflection in the window.
|Before our food came, Joyce needed to feel the sand between her toes.|
|Ernie and I ordered this great pecan crusted fish plate. Umm Humm.....|
|...and a whirl at hoola hoops for Pam and me. So fast, we are but a blurrrrrrr......|
Having friends along to kick-start a workout routine, I finally began to use the on site gym at Bella Terra. Tara Merrihew showed Joyce and me how to properly use the various pieces of equipment.
|Pam on the elliptical, Joyce on the treadmill|
|At Joyce and Charlie's comfortable and shady site.|
|Our good friends, Beverly and Frank, joined us for burgers and dogs.|
|Lexie and Ozzie joined us for the cookout.|
|Ernie and Pam in the far court, against Frank and Wayne.|
|Joyce on the left. Ernie on the right. The guys avoided the pool, but we gals enjoyed it.|
|Joyce, Wayne, Pam, Ernie and Charlie serving up Pam's Birthday Breakfast!|
|The Birthday Girl|
|Wayne looks almost regal in this one.|
|An added surprise for Pam, we included her friend and former co-worker, Patricia and her husband Art, in her birthday dinner celebration.|
|Patricia, her husband Art and Joyce.|
|And we didn't even try to resist a stop at Old Mill Pottery to browse the wares.|
|We never tire of posing among the blooms!|
|Another afternoon we spent at Tanger Outlets --shopping and laughing.|
|The final purchase for Joyce. I'm happy to lend an encouraging word in support of the purchase.|
|Wayne at Cosmos patio bar.|
|Good selfies continue to elude me... but I do keep trying. I just need one more arm.|
|Happy hour for the Mighty Six.|
|Seated in Cosmos Restaurant.|
Ernie bought a shirt. I always wonder, after, why we bother with festivals. They are (1) all the same, (2) crowded and loud to the point of agony and (3) nasty. Maybe this will be my last one. I say that every time.
|A popcorn and beer feast.|
|Soft serve for Joyce and apple dumpling for Charlie.|
|The festival food looked better than it tasted.|
|But awwwww..... Maguire's Irish Pub root beer float. Heaven in a plastic cup.|
|Every last drop is delicious as I follow Joyce in ignorant bliss.|
|This is the table we nearly had to wrestle away from another group.|
I thought of selling lottery tickets for these chairs when we left.
|Time to go now. Bye bye.|
|Yes, we can find some progress here among the chaos.|
|The lot on Wednesday, October 4th... just after Pam and Ernie left.|
|Another happy hour visit starts at Pam and Ernie's lot...|
|... and then moves into the shade of Joyce and Charlie's site.|
|Dinner at Franco's Italian Restaurant at Gulf Shores.|
|The bar matron surely failed the "restaurant salesmanship" course. That's why she is working here, I guess. |
She gave "one word" answers to all questions. Sometimes she just pointed.
|Welcome to the kitchen at Pirates Cove.|
|Nice shady lot on the water though.|
|View from the back of Pirates Cove|
|Some fair sized boats tied at the Pirates Cove dock.|
|The Pirates Cove liquor cabinet. Most unusual.|
|A Fire Marshall's nightmare.|
|I'd call this one "the best of the worst"...|
The fun, festivities and visit were destined to end and our group would go our separate ways. Pam and Ernie left on Wednesday morning, October 4th headed south into Florida for winter. Joyce and Charlie stayed on another day and pulled out Thursday morning, October 5th heading back to Kansas after a few stops to visit family. We miss them all.