Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day in Red Bay

We always love coming to Red Bay.  This time we have appointments to get some things done at Bruce Deaton's Custom Body and Paint Shop (two bay doors), Brannon Hutchison's Custom RV (vent fan, new digital antennae) and Bay Diesel (new shocks and front a/c).  There are other things on 'the list' but those are the main items.

For the second time now, we are staying at Downtown RV.
We like this place because it is within walking area of a lot of places.  It has some shade and the main reason this time, is that friends Steve and Karen (GoneByRV blog) area here.

We arrived on Saturday morning after a pleasant drive from Mid South Naval Station outside of Memphis. Our reserved spot was open and we got set up in no time.  There is a good group of people here and they have a nightly social hour.  Its always nice to chat it up and get to know some new folks.

On Saturday evening we had a potluck under the big shade tree in the RV park.
 We had so much food left over, we decided to do it again on Sunday evening.
This is one of the most things we do -- hang out and chat with folks and learn about their story and share some episodes in ours.

Speaking of eating - we heard of a new dish in Red Bay:  biscuits and chocolate gravy.  Chocolate gravy?  never heard of it.  Biscuits and sausage gravy is common but it is known here as 'white gravy'.  The chocolate gravy is something I had to try.

I walked a block over to the Red Bay Food Mart and got two to-go boxes for bacon, scrambled eggs, and biscuits and gravy -- one with white gravy and one with chocolate gravy.
 The white gravy looked pretty normal.
 The chocolate gravy was something I had a hard time wrapping my head around when I first heard about it.  But then I thought about chocolate donuts and I like those.  I normally don't have bacon and eggs and chocolate donuts....
So here's a closer look.  I ate the bacon and eggs first and then the open faced biscuit with chocolate gravy.  It was pretty rich and a little too much.  I actually ate the whole thing just to give it a fair try.
The verdict?

I don't think so.  It's a wonder I didn't get sick.  I didn't feel quite right the rest of the day.  But now I know.  I can say, "No thank you after giving it a try."

But the food at the potluck was really great.  Pam made an Asian Salad, Karen made a fruit salad and cupcakes, Marty made Navy beans with ham and rice, Yvonne made deviled eggs, Suzanne brought shrimp cocktail and wrapped bacon weenies, and Nancy and Dave cooked some brots.   It was a feast.

On Sunday, Pam and I went for a long walk over to the Allegro Campground and back.  It has been very warm here but we got out and back before it started to heat up.  I found a large shade tree to wipe down the CRV and wax it.  Then we downloaded a sermon and listened to it in the Roadrunner Chapel.

Later Joe came over from the Red Bay Self Service RV Park and we had a nice long chat.  Hadn't seen him and Carolyn since the Tampa RV show in January.  It was a nice Sunday.

Later on in the afternoon we watched some golf and joined in the social hour/pot luck.  It has been a fun start to our time in Red Bay.

Happy Labor Day!

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Looks like a fun group of people. I love happy hours and the people we meet.

  2. Enjoy your time there, hope all the fixes are done well.

  3. Shucks! We were at the Red Bay RV park near the fields for 2 weeks! Today moved to Kimboros to get our wet bay done. Then heading to Memphis. Hi to Nancy Dave and Marty. Red bay a great exp. for us. :( to miss you'll.

  4. Ugh! The chocolate gravy looks disgusting! I'm not surprised that it didn't sit well in your tummy, but the potluck a sound like fun. Hope all your repairs are done quickly, completely and under budget!

  5. Glad you made it to Red Bay safely. Chocolate grav has to around since Red Bay incorporated. It's a southern thing. The "Pig", sells it in powdered form.
    We don't like it either.

  6. We enjoyed our tailgating' parties with you and Pam and look forward to seeing you both down the road. Love that you write this blog and we'll look forward to seeing your future travels. Safe travels. Oh yes, our Labor Day celebration was a howling success at the Coon Dog Cemetery!