Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Bellingrath Gardens

We’ve driven by here several times and never visited the gardens.  For quite a few Google Earth Seminars we used this location as an example by using Google Earth to view photos of the gardens, and street view of the parking area to see if we could park the RV there.  We had a lot of fun showing how to visit the place with Google Earth, so we felt like we had been there and didn’t need to really go in person and pay the entrance fee!  I swear, every time we did this seminar several people in the audience chastised us – they said they visited Bellingrath Gardens and loved it … we had to go!  Another incident along our cosmic path this year is that I found an old letter from my Grandmother to my Mother … she was writing about the cross-country trip she and my grandfather made in a VW Bus in 1978.  This letter told of the wonderful time they had at ….

you guessed it!  Bellingrath Gardens!

So, this time across I-10 we HAD to stop!  Bellingrath Gardens is just a little ways off of I-10 on the west side of Mobile.

Map picture

 

Apparently we missed the spectacular display of Azaleas that peaks sometime in March, but the roses were out in full force!

 

Roses at Bellingrath Gardens
Roses at Bellingrath Gardens
Roses at Bellingrath Gardens
Roses at Bellingrath Gardens

 

The flowers at Bellingrath Gardens.
The flowers at Bellingrath Gardens.

 

The trees rivaled the flowers for most stunning
The trees rivaled the flowers for most stunning

 

Smile!

Jim gets a unique perspective on the gardens
Jim gets a unique perspective on the gardens
Bellingrath Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens

 

We took advantage of their boat tour of the estuary.

Bellingrath Gardens boat tour of the estuary
Bellingrath Gardens boat tour of the estuary
Bellingrath Gardens - boat tour of the estuary
Bellingrath Gardens - boat tour of the estuary

 

Bellingrath Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens

 

We had a delicious lunch at the cafe , decided we would live without any purchases from the gift shop, and got back on the road.

The first time we’ve crossed over west of the Mississippi in quite a while.  This is the crossing at Baton Rouge, Louisianna.

Baton Rouge - crossing the Mississippi
Baton Rouge - crossing the Mississippi

 

The Atchafalaya stretch of I-10 is definitely one of the most interesting highways in the country.  It’s two bridges, one in each direction, that carry you over beautiful swamp, or is this called Bayou?

Atchafalaya
Atchafalaya

 

Crossing the Atchafalaya river
Crossing the Atchafalaya river

Floods?  Or normal high water?

Atchafalaya
Atchafalaya

 

After about 250 miles, it’s time to stop.  We found a Passport America park called Frog City – how can we resist?  Nice gravel pull-thru sites.  Good Wi-Fi and cable.  Next to a casino where we’ll go to breakfast, and right off the highway … Passport rate = $20.  Cookies included!

Today the plan is to get into Texas and stay at the Escapees home park at Livingston.

Laissez le Bons Temps Roulez!

3 comments:

Ron and Thelma said...

You should have went to Rayne at the next exit to see all the frog statues they have there. We stayed at FCRV in March for about2 weeks. Safe travels

Tina said...

The place looks really nice, The garden was awesome, and the flowers where exceptional.. I really like it..

Kristy of Family Visa said...

I find the picture of Jim on the 5th picture funny because he looks like he's peeing. LOL.