A Florida family comes to LakePoint Resort State Park to play in the Alabama snow. Photo credit: David Muenker
While David and I were driving around LakePoint Resort State Park to get photos, we saw this young family putting the final touches on a huge snowman. They had driven up from their home in Florida for a weekend of fun in the snow! The unusual sight of seeing snow in Alabama… their daughter’s first romp in snow… staying in a cozy cabin in the woods… sitting around a crackling fire — for them, snow created a magical experience. They’ll treasure it through the years, sharing their memory time and again.
Today is beautiful. Bright sunshine, glistening snow, sparkling ice. Our RV survived the onslaught of wet, heavy snow. A huge thud disrupted our dinner, and set us bounding outside. It was one of those sounds that comes from every direction. Was it under the RV? To the left? To the right? Did a hose burst? A pipe crack? Flashlight in hand, we surveyed the rig under, over and all around. Everything seemed intact.
A tree branch must have crashed to the ground. Everything still looks fine in the daylight. So we can relax today and enjoy the beauty of it all.
Happy angler holds up a 7 pound bass caught during a tournament on Lake Eufaula, AL. Photo credit: David Muenker
Nothing keeps a serious bass angler away from the water – and the chance for big prize winnings. Not rain. And certainly not raw chilly temperatures. The first Saturday of February, more than 100 boats with two anglers each, sped into Lake Eufaula to compete for that day’s bass tournament purse. The ambient temperature was in the low 30s with a stiff wind blowing.
Known as the Bass Fishing Capital of the World, Lake Eufaula is the bass fisherman’s Mecca. Tournaments throughout the year give them countless reasons to haul their sleek bass boats (worth as much as $200,000) to the marina at LakePoint Resort State Park, pay the entry fee, partner up with a stranger (keeps the anglers honest), and fish from safelight (pre-sunrise) until mid-afternoon.
Then they weigh in. Perhaps place. Possibly win some big bucks. And then they release the caught bass, dead or alive, into the lake.
Bass fishing obviously has its rewards. An excuse for another “toy” (rod, boat, etc.). A day on the lake away from it all. Camaraderie. And the sheer joy of reeling in a big one!
Fried chicken, roast beef, macaroni and cheese - Yum! Lakepoint Resort serves a delicious Sunday brunch. Photo credit: David Muenker
Hmm-hmm-good! Food in this part of the world makes me feel warm all over. Our current “home” is Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. Our campground site backs up to a hiking trail shaded by tall pines. Lake Eufaula – the Bass Fishing Capital of the World — is a 5-minute walk away.
The park also has a large marina, 18-hole golf course, cabins, lakeside cottages and a grand lodge with conference facilities, full restaurant, and a Sunday brunch to die for! Besides hotel guests, area residents frequent the Sunday brunch. After church, they gather up their friends and family members to enjoy the feast together.
My taste buds salivated for roast beef, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese. But I also tried and was delightfully surprised by the delicious flavors of the butter peas and cooked shredded cabbage. Whatever they use to season these foods, it works for me! For nutritional balance, there were plenty of salad fixings. But I only managed to eat a couple leaves of lettuce.
A diner at a neighboring table said to the server, “I’ve been looking all over for food like this. Soul food!” Soul food, comfort food, delicious food…whatever it is called, it certainly lifts one’s spirit!