Moochdocking at Weiss Lake (Centre, AL)

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re still hanging out at Tom & Johnna’s house near Centre, AL for a couple days.  It’s been great catching up with them.

Tom & Johnna hooked us up to 50 Amp power from their super-nice RV garage.  Tom’s Alpine Coach is safely tucked away inside the large door next to us.

The Urban Escape Vehicle parked at Tom & Johnna’s.

Here’s the beautiful Phillips homestead (below).  What a nice place to moochdock, eh?


View of the lake and boat house from the back deck.


View from the dock back toward the house.


And here’s another backyard shot (below) looking towards the back of the house.  Glad I don’t have to mow the lawn 🙂


Tom grilled us some burgers on the back deck on our first evening.


On Wednesday, we all jumped into their car for a guided tour of the area.  You just can’t beat having local tour-guides 🙂  Check out Tom’s car (below); he had accent stripes applied that match the Alpine Coach.  It looks pretty good being towed down the road behind the Alpine with matching colors.


Our first stop was Noccalula Falls Park (←link) in Gadsden, AL.  Per the official website (←link) the park consists of 250 acres and the falls are located on land once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave the site to the city of Gadsden, so that the area could be improved, and everyone could enjoy the majestic falls. Across the street from the falls you will find R.A. Mitchell Elementary School, named in his honor. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot (27-m) waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.  Located next to the park is a nice campground that we toured for future reference.  Pretty nice!



Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, AL.
Me semi-wading above the falls.

We also took a short miniature train ride around the park.  It was fun but I don’t know if we got our money’s worth.





And then we visited the Veterans Memorial area of the park:



After our little park tour, we checked out another local campground (River Country Campground) that Tom & Johnna stayed at before while they were waiting to close on their house.  Check out the link, it’s pretty nice.  We’ll have to keep this campground in mind the next time we’re in the area.  But then again, who’d want to pay fees at the campground when you can moochdock on the lake, eh? 🙂

Then we stopped at a nice restaurant named Super Hibachi Buffet & Grill for a late lunch/early dinner.  Great food with great friends.

(L to R) Johnna, Tom, and Stilla.

One last stop on the way back to their house was the Lake Weiss dam.  I would have loved to join those guys fishing off the raised walkway (below).  Maybe next time.


And here’s a picture of the beautiful sunset from the back of the house.


Thanks for letting us visit your beautiful home Tom & Johnna!  It was great seeing you guys again.  Hopefully, we can go on a local tour together in the Alpine Coaches next time 🙂

Our next stop will be Huntsville, AL for an overnight stay.  Stilla wants to be at our daughter’s house in Bowling Green, KY by Friday in time for our 33rd wedding anniversary.  So stay tuned for an update…