Thursday October 4, 2012
Spent a satisfying day hanging out in
Like my Aunt Mildred who taught elementary school for over 40 years – my father was one of her pupils. And my Uncle Hoyt who was town mayor for a time and town undertaker for a lot longer. My grandfather, one of the few local doctors, started his practice in 1900. He owned the very first car in
a Model T. His nine children constantly argued
over who got to drive Papa on his house calls.
The town still smells the same to me – like magnolia.
Here’s the old family home. The musician Randy Owen, of
bought it some years back as a place to house visitors. Alabama
My parents were married in the parlor located on the lower left. I spent many happy hours on that porch (much later, that is)!
The slate steps are original and look and feel exactly the same.
The town is proud of
. And they are proud of their town. Alabama
|City park entrance|
Of course, I spent some time at our family cemetery – a reminder, once again, that nothing lasts.
My parents had their first date in this theater. The movie was Gone With The Wind.
Later, I dropped into the library to catch up on blogging and email.
After my day in town, I stopped to air up the tires, returned to my campsite, grabbed a hot shower, and settled down to enjoy a quiet sunset. Soon a family with 3 little boys pulled into the space next to me and proceeded to set up a tent. Boys of the age who like to yell at the top of their lungs and hit things with sticks. I’m sure they are a lovely family but …. nooooo thank you.
Besides, what’s the point of being on wheels if you can’t move when you want to?
I scouted the campground on foot and found a separate area with 31 pull-through sites. It was maybe ½ full of both small and large rigs but seemingly very quiet. Perfect! But wait….
At the first site I tried, my polarity tester read “reverse polarity”. Danger! it said. I won’t tell you what I said.
So I moved to an adjacent spot which happens to be right next to ….. another Roadtrek! What are the odds? Unfortunately, by now it was practically dark and getting past cocktail hour so I didn’t get to meet the owner. Maybe tomorrow.
I’m having a blast learning the ins and outs of the GDB. I must be catching on because I’m able to glide around the interior with minimal injury now. Not only are my movements more efficient, but the bus feels much bigger now that I’ve been living in it. Thank God it didn’t get smaller! And I feel competent now after all the hook-practice. Not to mention my backing-up skills.
Tonight’s menu: leftover gravy and biscuits from yesterday and some sausage that John grilled before I left.
So, I’m snug for the night. I wouldn’t mind staying another day but cousin Charlotte is expecting me in