It rained hard most of Thursday night and I expected yesterday to be a washout, literally. As it turns out, even though there was a heavy overcast most of the day, it was warm. Warm and humid, to be exact. But since we are leaving tomorrow, we wanted to do a little bit of sightseeing while we could.
We’ve visited this area several times over the years and have noticed the signs for the Holmes Medical Museum in Foley before, but never took the time to stop. I’m glad we finally did.
Housed in what was Baldwin County’s first hospital, which occupied the second floor of a building over Crosby’s Drugs, the museum has an interesting collection of early day medical equipment, including everything from gruesome looking scalpels and forceps, to an operating table that made me hurt just to look at it.
One room had a collection of medical quackery devices, including this gizmo, which was supposed to reduce the size of waists, hips, abdomens,and thighs at home.
This was used to reduce varicose veins.
And this was used for electroshock therapy. That gives new meaning to frying your brain!
And what’s a hospital without bedpans? They had quite a collection on display.
We had a personal interest in visiting the museum, my good friend Greg White’s mother was a nurse at the hospital in about 1950, and Greg had his tonsils out here when he was a youngster. I wonder if they used that electroshock machine on Greg while he was here? That would explain a lot. 🙂
After we toured the free museum, we drove down to Gulf Shores to check out the beach. There were only a few people out enjoying the day, and the weird light made it difficult to take pictures, but Terry got a few, including a surfer trying to catch a wave.
Terry and I both have an affinity for the beach, any beach, but between the stiff wind and the misty overcast yesterday, we didn’t stay long. Besides, there wasn’t a bikini in sight. 🙁
We stopped at LuLu’s, a restaurant owned by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s sister, and checked out this bell, which was recovered from the wreck of the Amstel, a 250 foot sailing ship which wrecked on a sandbar at the entrance to Mobile Bay in 1861, while serving as a Civil War blockade runner. The old bell was cleaned up and is on display at the entrance to the restaurant.
We made a couple of stops on the way home, including Books A Million, because we have never owned a vehicle that could pass a book store without automatically pulling into the parking lot, and WalMart, to stock up on some things we needed.
Today we’ll probably hang around home most of the day working on my new book, getting some chores done before we hit the road tomorrow, and just being lazy. A few people said they wanted to stop by and pick up some of our CDs and camping guides, so it will be a good time for them to do that. My friend Jack Mayer is parked a couple of sites down, and we may get together and try to solve most of the problems of the world if we have the time.
After reading about how much we like our Sea Eagle kayaks, many of you have said you’d like to own one, too. Well, have I got a deal for you. Actually, my friends Tim and Crystal Ryerson at Inflatable Boats 4 Less have a deal for you; until the end of this month they are giving away a free Sea Eagle 330 Sport Kayak with the sale of selected Fast Track 385 or 465, Explorer 380 or 420 and PaddleSki 435 packages. Two boats for the price of one, how can you beat a deal like that?
Thought For The Day – Do sheep get static cling when they rub against one another?