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Saturday, July 3, 2010

DeSoto State Park (AL) (June 25 - 29th)

On Friday June 25th We arrived at Desoto State Park, Ala. Rain clouds had followed us and sure enough we had our fist summer storm since May 3rd. We were happy to know we had cable TV to entertain us through the evening. Very nice park-spacious sites, with full hook-ups. We went to Mountain Lodge in the campgrounds and feasted on a All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Buffet. The grilled Tilapia was Great!!! Then the rain had stopped enough for us to take a little stroll on the Cascade Trail Boardwalk. On Saturday we ventured on a very long hike around the campground at 90* to Laurel Falls and to Lost Falls. At times we felt we were lost, but we enjoyed the Falls and made it back safe and sound. This was Buddy's kind of day. He was drafted as our Trail Leader. Since we were in "Falls Territory", on Sunday we drove to see the Desoto Falls, Little River Falls, and Indian Falls. Through our scenic drive we passed thru a quaint rustic little town called Mentone, Ala. Little businesses in log cabins on both sides of the road. Even the restaurants were in log cabins. Very Nice!! I saw on the Alabama State Map  another Covered  Bridge in the area. You know I had to find it. It took me awhile to find this bridge, but I did, it was at Cloudmont Resort. Darlene wasn't interested at all. If you are ever in this area take the Little River Canyon Rim Scenic Drive. [Ala.176] We saved that drive for our next visit.  Our last favorite adventure, and the reason we camped in this area- we drove to Scottsboro,Ala. and visited a store called " Unclaimed Baggage Center" Here lies all the lost/unclaimed baggage contents left behind by the airlines and freight carriers. Lost Baggage  items from around the world.  It was amazing to see the variety of items- nice clothes, cameras, and scuba gear, musical instruments, etc. and of course luggage and bags of every sort. And very reasonably priced. Mike had a field day. What an interesting place!! We wondered if anyone went there and really found something they left behind or the airlines lost, if they had to buy it back. Well, that wraps up our adventures at Desoto State Park in Alabama.  

PS.  One Final Note regarding the restrooms at this State Park, they are centrally located in the campground- actually kind of hidden and you have to trek a pretty rough trail to get there. Once you get there, it was a beautiful new building, only a year old.  We think they purposely hid them so people wouldn't use them too much since full hook-ups were provided.

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