Summerdale, AL - Getting Settled
Summerdale, AL - Events of Monday, October 22 to Thursday, October 25, 2012
We left Montgomery on Monday for about a 3½-hour drive to Summerdale, AL. As we said in our last post, the engine of the motor home purred like a kitten with the new spark plugs and wires Paul had installed toward the end of our stay in Montgomery.
We pulled into the Escapees Rainbow Plantation shortly after noon and got one of the same couple of sites we usually get. The roads at Rainbow Plantation are paved, and the widely-spaced sites are grass, but the grass is sometimes a little sparse directly under the many live oak trees. Although there are a fair number of trees, our roof-top satellite dish can usually peek between them to lock onto a signal.
Rainbow Plantation has a campground, co-op sites and deeded lots. The campground has full hookups. About half the RV sites have 30-amp electric, and the other half have 30/50 amps. There is a fee for Wi-Fi so we use our Verizon Broadband when we're at Rainbow Plantation. Verizon Broadband is nice and strong in the area, and it is 4G.
We are scheduled to be in Summerdale for 6 weeks, and we plan to do a lot of relaxing. During our previous stays, we also have found several eateries in the area we really like. We plan to visit all of them at least once. We may do a little sightseeing, but we don't have any specific plans because we have other important business to tend to.
Margery has been going to an ophthalmologist who has been monitoring the condition of her cataracts for the past several years. When we were in Pittsburgh for our doctor appointments back in 2011, he told her the time for cataract surgery was getting close. When she had her appointment this year, Margery's ophthalmologist told her the time for surgery had arrived.
Margery really wanted her cataract surgery done by her regular ophthalmologist; but, unfortunately, his surgery schedule was booked up over two months out. Margery has to have both eyes done, and they like to have the surgeries no less than about 10 days to two weeks apart. They also want a followup visit two weeks after the second surgery, so that means the minimum amount of time we would have had to spend in Pittsburgh was a month. Factoring in the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we would have ended up having to be in Pittsburgh from the end of November into early January.
Our options were to stay in the motor home in Pittsburgh in cold weather, to take the motor home to Florida and drive back to Pittsburgh in the car to stay with Lora and J. Michael for the entire period, or to go to Florida for the winter as planned and go back to Pittsburgh in the motor home in the early spring for the surgery. In the end, we decided against all those options because Margery got a recommendation for a good ophthalmologist in the Summerdale area, so she will have cataract surgery while we're in Alabama. She was able to schedule in advance an initial visit with the ophthalmologist as well as a pre-surgery physical, the surgeries for both eyes and the post-surgery checkups. We'll keep everyone posted as things progress.
Those who follow our blog regularly know by now we love good barbecue. Up until we stopped at Champs for barbecue while we were in Montgomery, we hadn't had barbecue in a long time. That barbecue was so good, it made us want more. Therefore, we headed over to L.A. Barbeque in Summerdale on Tuesday afternoon for a late lunch.
The place is really a lot bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. We'll have to try to remember to get a picture of the inside when we go back, and we will definitely be going back while we're here.
L.A. Barbeque has pork, ribs, brisket and chicken. Sandwiches come in two sizes that range in price from $4.25 for a small pork to $6.75 for a large brisket. Sides can be added to your sandwich order for $1.25 to $1.50 each. Lunch plates are $5.99 to $7.99 and include two sides. Dinner plates are $8.99 to $12.99 with two sides. They also sell their meats by the pound and sides by the pint, quart and gallon for takeout and for parties.
We both had chopped pork barbecue lunch plates with slaw and potato salad for our sides. The pork is slightly smoky, tender and moist. They have several barbecue sauces to choose from including Carolina, Texas Tangy, Southern Sweet and Fire in the Hole. Paul likes a mixture of Carolina and Texas while Margery likes Southern and Texas.
The sides at L.A. Barbeque are excellent. In addition to cole slaw, potato salad, French fries and beans that they have every day, they also have one or two special sides each day that include things like lima beans (one of Paul's favorites), turnips with corn bread, and creamed corn.
On Wednesday, Margery had an appointment for a haircut, and we hung out around the motor home the rest of the day. We stopped at Sam's Club and Lowe's on Thursday on our way to Panini Pete's in Fairhope for another late lunch.
Panini Pete's was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives back in 2008. Most of what they serve is prepared fresh in-house. They roast their own turkey and beef, they bake their own bread, and they even make their own mozzarella. In addition to paninis, they also have gourmet burgers and hot dogs.
Panini Pete's has two locations - one in downtown Mobile and the one we always go to on the eastern side of Mobile Bay in downtown Fairhope. Fairhope has vibrant downtown with many busy shops. There is free parking and there are attractive flowers planted on every street corner.
Panini Pete's is located behind some shops on the main street along a patio they call the French Quarter. We always like to sit outside on the patio if the weather is nice.
We both had our favorite, which is the turkey panino with baby greens, roasted red pepper, garlic aioli and house-made mozzarella on foccacia.
The paninis were delicious as they always are. We took the long way back to Rainbow Plantation past the fancy bay-front homes south of Fairhope along Mobile Bay.
Margery starts her pre-surgery doctor appointments with the initial visit with the ophthalmologist on Friday. We'll let you know how the appointment went in our next post.