Friday, December 25, 2020
Wednesday was another great day in Gulf Shores. After another morning of sleeping in, we went to the beach for a nice long walk. The state park beach pavilion and educational center were damaged by the hurricane but are mostly repaired and operational. There is still a good deal of visible damage, businesses still not reopened, but there are repairs being made everywhere. We also had a nice bike ride around the campground. By afternoon the clouds had moved in with storms predicted. And as so often occurs in Alabama, we were awakened at 2:00 am Thursday morning by the weather alert radio proclaiming a tornado watch and later a warning. The warning was a short distance north of us, so not a problem for us, but not much sleep for either of us. Christmas Eve was a dreary, rainy day so we stayed in, prepared for Christmas, and watched movies.
Today was a beautiful sunny day although a bit too cool. It was only 35 degrees when we got up this morning but the sun warmed things up quickly. We went to the beach, made our Christmas pictures, enjoyed sitting outside at the campground, had our traditional Christmas dinner of snow crab legs and went to see the eagles again. They didn’t want to be seen today so we just watched the sunset.
We didn’t have the TV on today, so we didn’t hear of the horrible Nashville bombing until late today and we still have few facts. God be with the police and other first responders, the people of Nashville, this country, the world, and us. Remember, this was not a surprise to God. He is with us.