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Old 03-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Guntersville lake, Alabama

E made our first ever excursion this weekend and stayed at Mountain Pines Resort on Guntersville Lake in NE Alabama.

The trip down was uneventful with just a few showers enroute. We checked in at about 1:00 PM and were escorted to our choice of sites by an escort. All the sites were pull throughs, fortunately. We had a great view of the lake.

After set up we took a nice walk around the park and checked out the facilities. The roads are nicely chip sealed without major potholes. Spaces are fairly open but relatively short. The clubhouse is a nice two story affair with plenty of tables, games and a nice voluntary library. There are two pools (one outdoor and one indoor and heated).

Had a squall pass through and we hid out in the TT. Sure is nice to have hard sides and a non-leaking roof. Cooked up since dinner in the convection oven. Had some issues with TV reception, couldn't get a signal. Made us actually talk to each other and do some planning for the next day. What a concept.

Saturday was spent in the obligatory sales meeting for the park. After over two hours of presentation we staggered out and headed out to the town of Guntersville. It ain't an official camping trip without at least one visit to Walley World. Found a neat little restaurant and catering shop in town and and refueled ourselves. Fending off salesmen takes energy.

At WW we picked up a disposable charcoal grill for steaks that night. Also found a nice little gas grill for future use. Need to get a hose with appropriate fittings to use it.

Sunday morning we visited the Lodge at Guntersville State Park. Awesome appearing lodge. It built on a high bluff overlooking the lake and is built in a Prairie Style with a heavy Arts and Crafts influence. From the balcony you can look out over the lake and see the state park campground down below.

Unfortunately, the lodge and campground were hit by the tornados in the April 2011 storm flurry. The campground sustained extensive damage and is currently undergoing repairs and upgrades. It looks like the CG is functioning at about 50% of design capacity. The west wing of the lodge is almost completely repaired.

Packed up on Sunday afternoon and got home around 6:30. Hardest part of the whole trip was backing the TT into the driveway. Please tell me that backing gets easier, soon.

Would we go back? You bet, already planning on it for our anniversary in early June. This time, we'll stay in the state park campground and avoid the sales pitch.

Photos are of sunset from our camping spot, the Lodge, the State Park Campground.
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