USS Alabama

On the way to New Orleans we decided to swing by and tour the battleship, USS Alabama.

It’s roughly an hour from Gulf Shores, just outside Mobile, AL. This experience was phenomenal! There are several planes, helicopters, tanks, etc. on the grounds and you may self tour the battleship and a submarine, the USS Drum. There is also an Aircraft Pavilion that houses all sorts of planes. Mr. S’s favorite, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird stealth bomber, was there.

The battleship was enormous!

Lots of narrow and steep ladders and passageways. I think during WWII they must have had a size requirement for people…no wider than 20″. It was so much fun exploring all the nooks and crannies throughout; there were some partitioned off vignettes but they made up for that with lots of areas you could touch and climb on. Divagirl tried out every bunk, I think.

I’d really recommend stopping here if you are in the Mobile, AL area. We all loved it! There is ample parking for any size vehicle you might have and parking is $2. Plan to spend at least 2 hours.

On another note, after leaving Memorial Park we stopped by a TA truck stop outside of Mobile to grab a bite to eat. All was well until it was time to leave, at which point Edelweiss would not start. Ugh. Mind you we had just purchased a new battery less than 3 weeks ago and now it was making dead battery noises. After Jason got to practice his High School Spanish with a nice trucker they tried jumping the batteries to no avail. We used our Good Sam Roadside Assistance to locate a mobile mechanic and we had one there in about an hour. Another hour later, the problem was narrowed down to the alternator and a shorting wire, which was promptly replaced,  and we were on the road again.

It always something when you travel with your home!



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