Our Schedule

March 31.... Home in Cullman, Alabama

May 17 to 23.... Hershey TT, Lebanon, PA

May 23 to 30.... Mooneyham Mooch-camping in Upper Deerfield, NJ

May 31 to June 13. A TT park to be determined at the Jersey Shore area

June 14. One more night Mooch-camping at the Mooneyhams

June 15 - 17...Cordurus State Park, Hanover, PA.

June 19 - 21... Forrest Bo Wood COE park, Sullivan, Il.

June 22 - 24... Linder Point COE, Coralville, IA

June 26 - 29... Heartland RV Park, Hermosa, SD

June 30 - July 4....Nebraska Tailwaters COE, Yankton, SD

July 6 - July 9 .... Turkey Creek Escapees Park, Branson, MO

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Visit from NOMADS friends and Ave Maria Grotto

Cullman, AL

Long time readers of this blog (when it was under a different name) might remember a posting about the Ave Maria Grotto here in Cullman.

The Ave Maria Grotto is on the grounds of the St. Bernard Abbey which is a Benedictine monastery.  The Abbey was founded in 1891.  The Grotto is the work of Brother Joseph who was born in Bavaria in 1878.  In 1892 he came to the Abbey.  When not in prayer or shoveling coal in the power house, he constructed miniature buildings from stone, concrete and donated items such as broken glass, jewelry, tiles, beads, marbles, seashells and variety of such items.

Yesterday was a perfect day to take a stroll through the Grotto.  A group of NOMADS friends are volunteering at a site about 40 miles from Cullman.  We made arrangements for Leonard and me to meet them at the Grotto and then to lead them back to our house for lunch and a nice visit.

Here are scenes from the Grotto

I got so busy visiting and talking and eating I neglected to take a good picture of our visitors when we got back to the house.  And the camera was sitting on the end table right in full view!  This is the only picture I took of them.  Left to right:   Leonard, Patrick, Marti, Harriett, Bill.

Life size stature of Brother Joseph.  He was only about 5 foot tall.

If you are ever near Cullman, the Grotto is well worth the few dollars admission and a visit.  Oh, and we are worth a visit too!  No admission.


  1. What a great place to visit I could spend hours looking at every detail.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. I love the Grotto. Thanks for all the beautiful photos.

    Wishing y'all a very blessed and happy Easter. He is Risen!

  3. What a great place! I bet your house is worth a visit sometime too :)