Day 1: Tallahassee to Montgomery

Trip Start Mar 25, 2012
Trip End Mar 30, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hampton Inn & Suites, Prattville Alabama
What I did
Dothan Peanut Festival
First White House of the Confederacy
Governor's Mansion
Riverfront Park and Union Station
Alabama State Capitol Building

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Today was the first day of my trip to The South! I flew into Tallahassee on Delta airlines. The airport was super small! I got my bags and my rental car and was on my way up to Montgomery. The drive was about 200 miles which took me 4 hours. I took I-10 W to US-231 N. When I hit Alabama, I could definitely tell that I was in the south. There were a lot of run-down trailer parks, billboard signs for churches everywhere, and a Peanut Festival in Dothan......a festival dedicated to PEANUTS..... I saw a few funny billboard signs: "Where will you be for all eternity???" and "if you don't go to church the devil is going to get you!!!" I'm guessing that church is a major thing in the south!

When I finally got to Montgomery, it was a ghost town! I guess on Sundays people don't do much (except go to church). It was nice though because I get to see the best attractions of the city without dealing with traffic (although everything was closed). Let me just say, there are a ton of one-way roads in the south and I definitely turned the wrong way down a few one-way streets. I almost ran into another car because I turned down the wrong way, but the lady was very nice and I just profusely waved and mouthed "i'm sorry!" I went by Martin Luther King's home. It is a small house that is now a museum, however it was closed. I drove by the First White House of the Confederacy, the residence of President Jefferson Davis while the capitol of the Confederate States of America was in Montgomery. This house is right across the street from the Alabama State Capitol Building and the Archives. I also got to see the Governor's Mansion and the Court Square Fountain. The water was dyed pink to celebrate the Breast Cancer Walk that had just happened.

After I saw all of this, I drove over to the Riverfront Park and Union Station. There is a Steamboat that you can take a ride on and a tower that you can walk up to the top to get a better view of the river. There was a group of about 30 people reading from the bible out loud, these people down here are definitely dedicated to the church! Finally, I drove the short distance up to Prattville to stay in the Hampton Inn.
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