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Adventures in Alabama (Part Two): Alabama, you're gorgeous...

By Philip Anselmo

So we've talked about the good eats at the Alabama Hotel, the fine meats at Alabama Holley Farms, the camels and the general sentiment in town that there ain't much to see, which I'm going to go ahead and ascribe to the maxim: you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Alabama is gorgeous. Maybe that's why folks say they've got not much to see. They don't want the rest of us cretins to go stomping through the splendor of it all.

At the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, they've got nearly 11,000 acres of pristine lands. Dorothy Gerhart told me they see about 264 species of birds pass through each year, most of which stay for at least a little while. Then there are the bald eagles that build their nests—some the size of a Buick—on site and only leave the refuge when everything freezes and are usually back by the end of January. Dorothy is the visitor services manager at the refuge.

Folks come to the refuge just to walk the trails, some come during hunting season for the waterfowl and game, some come in the middle of the winter for the ice fishing on the marshes. It truly is a bit of old country upstate.

Dorothy and I got to talking about all of the caterpillars in the road. I must have seen about a dozen of them down the half mile stretch to get to the visitor's center off Route 77. (Throughout the day, in fact, I'm sure I saw at least 30 of the suckers inching their way across the gravel.)

Dorothy told me that all of these woolybears, as they're called, are a sign that we may be setting in for an especially severe winter. I read much the same in the Farmer's Almanac. All of the extra berries on the trees, too, are such a sign, said Dorothy, that shows nature's own effort to take care of her own in the coming of a cold winter.

As for the other sights and sounds of Alabama, here's another video and some photos that should cover the rest of my trip. Enjoy.

Here's an especially regal-looking home on Lewiston Road:

Here are some sights from around town:

Sherry Tacy seemed to really capture the charm and splendor of our little town. Peaceful and beautiful with great neighbors. Of course I am biased a bit. Great coverage...Thank you!

Oct 11, 2008, 4:10pm Permalink
lazario Ladou

I will go out on a limb and accept that YAWN as mine
maybe you're just tired and me paranoid now

I'll take the chance and end it here and apologize for being naughty for doing such a thing and apologize To Ron if I have indeed misconstrued that YAWN

About as trollish as I've ever been

Isn't it odd that I wrote only 4 words
When was the last time that happened?
Pretty odd
Same response

Another person might see the discrepency and wonder
Might try to explore it for a minute instead of simply reacting in a way basically programmed by now into your head/keyboard upon viewing one of my posts
But then that might be a trap
To understand its purpose

Oct 12, 2008, 10:31pm Permalink
lazario Ladou

I do give a #($#

You do a nice job in bringing us these -different- topics for discussion, Philip

How many posts?
How much discussion/conversation?
a bit


Delete my initial post if you want, guys

Oct 12, 2008, 10:36pm Permalink

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