Rural Alabama, Louisiana. Oh Man.
Trip Start Sep 07, 2013
29Trip End Oct 30, 2013
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Stayed at Wayensboro, Alabama. We kept seeing these signs that seemed to be state parks, but they were XYZ Water Park. What? Figured out, finally, that it's their term for a state park/campground ON THE LAKE. Weird signage, and they talk funny too.....but polite as an English diplomat. These parks, as long as I'm on the subject are unbelievable. We stayed at Yargo State Park, right on the edge of the lake, and watched the Seahawks make an incredible comeback to win. Beautiful evening with the sun setting.
The next night was Wind Creek State Park, also on the water, well designed park, and watched Monday night football, and sat outside in the cool breeze and drank a little vino and basked in the beauty of southern states
Man, I can't believe how many churches there are in these southern states. Seems like every 100 yards. Really? Are there that many churchgoers (read sinners)? Like the Pure Gospel Baptist Church (as opposed to Watered Down Baptist Church) or the Full Gospel Baptist Church (as opposed to the Half-Assed Baptist Church), or the Pioneer Baptist Church (as opposed to the Modern, Allready Established Baptist Church) etc, You get the idea.
Also, I mentioned this earlier, they're MOWIN' FOOLS. Every highway, rural two-lane road has the shoulders mowed to putting green status. Not just 4-5 feet along the highway. Nooooo, yards, and yards up both sides, usually dozens of yards. Hey, you mowin' hillbillies, do something more productive. Like throw more government subsidies at this poverty-ridden part of the country....ok, now I'm off in the weeds.
Went through the Louisiana Bayou....wow. It still looks and feels like the old sharecropping days with cotton fields, which, honestly, I didn't know existed any more - I though China took over that production, like everything else. Wow.
Stopped at the National Veterans War Memorial, of which there are probably another 8,500, I would guess, but it was interesting talking to these old geezers whose whole life has been define by their experience in the various wars. He showed me the first, and only, German machine gun which apparently is quite a museum piece. Interesting dudes, but that cost me one hour.