Friday, July 15, 2016

Alabama - Montgomery

Hope Hull

We traveled to Hope Hull, AL on June 27, 2016. It is about 20 minutes south of Montgomery. Back in March we came through this area and explored a little bit of Montgomery and Selma. The plan had been to explore more this stop, but Les caught a bug and was down the whole week. 
We stayed at the Montgomery South RV Park. It is right off of Hwy 65 so there was some road noise, but it was so dang hot we never had a window or blind open so it wasn't bad. The sites are average width and were just barely long enough for the RV, tow-dolly and parking the car. They are all gravel, ours was fairly level, with a picnic table and fire pit. Water pressure was good and the WiFi worked pretty well. Laundry room and bathrooms were clean. They also have cabins to rent. There is a large open field next to the park that was perfect for games of fetch with Mielikki. 

With so much downtime Nancy got caught up with organizing her pictures, our journal along with doing some sketching for future projects she is working on. It was a nice break from running, only wish it hadn't been because Les was so sick! 

The sunsets most every evenings were quite the treat and
Spanish Moss was every where.

We did venture into Montgomery one day. We had breakfast at the Egg and I and it was wonderful. Les lost 13 pounds this week from eating hardly anything while sick. He made a dent in breakfast but left most behind. From there we headed to Oakwood Cemetery, the resting place of Hank Williams. Some think of him as the father of country music, we had no idea he was so young when he passed away. 
He was born September 17, 1923 and passed away on New Years Day, 1953, of a heart attack in the back seat of his car on the way to a show in Ohio. He wrote a number of songs with "Hey Good Lookin' " and "Your Cheatin' Heart" among the more popular. He also wrote a number of religious songs under the pseudonym Luke the Drifter.
There were a number of other interesting headstones and monuments. 

We stopped at the First Confederate White House, it was closed but we were able to get a picture. From February - May 1861, this was the executive residence of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. 
Across the street is the Alabama Capitol Building, which served as the first Confederate Capitol Building before the Confederates moved their headquarters to Richmond, VA. 
The Constitution of the Confederate States was drawn up and approved in this building in 1861, and over 100-years later the Selma to Montgomery March ended at the front steps. This led to the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
A statue of Hank Williams stands in front of the building.

We found one Roadside Oddity, a replica of the Wright Brothers Plane. It is in Wright Brothers Park off of I-65, near the present-day Air Force Base where the brothers had opened the nations first civilian flying school. They chose this area because of its mild climate and flat farmland. Due to the Winter weather they couldn't teach year round in their home town of Dayton, OH. During World War I the site of the school was used for aircraft repair, and became Maxwell Field in 1922, and is now Maxwell Air Force Base. 

Next up is Tupelo, MS and hoping for good health. 

Till we meet again...

Happy Trails to You!

Tips and things we have learned along the way. 
~ Be prepared for getting sick
There are a few things you want to make sure you have on hand for those just in case times. A first aid kit is a must, stocked with your usual things, band-aids, anti-bacterial cream, scissors, gauze, tweezers to name a few. You also want to make sure you have other items on hand for illnesses. Cough syrup, anti-diarrhea medication, anti-nausea medication, thermometer, to name a few. Many times the nearest store may be 45 minutes or more one way and when your sick you don't want to have to wait that long. 

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