First Month Full-Time Recap
It’s already been a little over a week since we left Birmingham. Even though we spent more than a month in “The Heart of Dixie” it went by SO fast. It’s been so fun getting settled into a new routine. Being a neat and tidy freak has never been a strong suit of mine, but this tiny-house living has really started to whip me into shape. I actually look forward to organizing things because Lucille can go from organized to chaos pretty darn quickly.
One of our first big projects was replacing the end of the sewer pipe that got ripped off during our trek from Texas to Alabama. Matt and our friend Rich (who was also in town for Barber Vintage festival and camped next to us for a few days) got it all fixed up thanks to the awesome guys at Shafer’s RV, which was conveniently right down the street from our campground!
After our first few days in Cropwell, AL, we packed up camp on Thursday and headed over to Barber Vintage Festival! We had such a fun time camping on the grounds of our favorite place and even had the opportunity to host our first get together! Matt used our projector, and we were able to watch the race footage he shot earlier in the day, while eating delicious grilled brats.
It was three crazy days of non-stop fun. We got to see our peeps from Dallas and friends from all over the U.S. If you’ve never been to Barber Motorsports Park, and you’re a motorcycle fan, we highly recommend making a stop if you’re ever passing through, especially in October for the Vintage Festival!
The following Monday it was time to pack up again and head back to the river. We hated to leave because by then we pretty much had the campground to ourselves, since everyone else left Sunday afternoon.
Once we made it back to our awesome spot at General Lee Campground and Marina, we were faced with a crazy impending storm that wreaked havoc along a good part of its huge path across the U.S. Since it was the first time to encounter severe weather in a home that can be picked up and thrown easily (and we were parked only a few feet from the edge of the water), we played it safe and went to bunker down with our friends, who lived about 30 minutes away.
Being in Alabama for our first stop was such a fun experience because we had some really dear friends who lived close by. We had the best time acting like locals and hanging out with people we loved when we all had free time.
The following week, my parents came from Texas to come hang out with me and the pups, while Matt headed off to Colorado for a work trip. I greatly enjoyed having them and hosting our first overnight guests!
I really wanted to make a trip with them to Louie’s Pickles, but the timing didn’t work out. I ended up going with my friend the following week, and it was absolutely incredible. (Little fun fact about me…I LOVE PICKLES and olives, so when I heard there was a place that specialized in the pickle art, I just had to go.)
Pickle lovers can visit Louie’s in the small town of Odenville, AL. This photo shows about half of the pickley selection they had available that day. It’s so popular, they often sell out of some of their speciality items, so get there early!
A few days later we celebrated Matt’s 31st birthday with him feverishly trying to finish my race bike for my very first track day. I also got to use my KitchenAid for the first time in the RV and made some killer cookies! Part of our travels next year will be following the AHRMA race circuit as I try my hand at vintage motorcycle racing and we’re so stoked! I had the best time testing the race waters, even though it was FREEZING cold!
When we weren’t busy working, hanging out, or doing chores around the house, we spent time enjoying our beautiful serene surroundings. The view out our windows was absolutely incredible and never got old.
The weather was really nice while we were there and perfect for evening fires. In my opinion, life doesn’t get much better than when it’s accompanied by a full moon and a toasty fire.
I cannot wait to do a review of General Lee Campground and Marina. It was such a beautiful, quiet place. The first week of November wrapped up our month-long Alabama party. While it was sad to say goodbye, we’ve found goodbyes are a little easier now since we can just come back and stay again whenever we’d like. The day before we left, we managed to get the entire basement organized and did a deep cleaning on the house. We evenfinally got Lucille weighed on our way out of town!
It was something we hadn’t taken the time to do since completing our renovation, and we are happy to report we’re right in line with where we should be. Hooray!
Our trip to Arkansas was delightfully uneventful, and we are LOVING Little Rock so far, as I’m sure anyone on Facebook or Instagram can tell. 😉
We hope you enjoy this short little video recap of our time in Alabama!