Thursday, June 30, 2016

Old House

An old house that had lived its life long ago and so was very quiet and wise and a little mysterious.  Also a little austere, but very kind.

~L.M.Montgomery, Emily's Quest

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Noccalula Falls, Gadsden, Alabama

I didn't crop the buildings out of the picture to try to show just how huge this place is.  Due to lack of rainfall this year, the falls were not too impressive.

However, Noccalula's story was quite compelling.  That's her, about to leap into the chasm because of love.

You can read more about the legend here.

Noccalula Falls is located in Gadsden,  Alabama.  The beautifully landscaped park has hiking, a playground, and camping.

Monday, June 27, 2016

High Falls on Town Creek

We had left Lake Guntersville State Park and were on our

 way to Buck's Pocket State Park when we saw a small sign

 that said, "High Falls".It was at the junction of County Road 

394 and 149, off AL Highway 227 (between Grove Oak and 

Geraldine).  We decided to check it out.

This is how Town Creek looks before it reaches the falls.  Very peaceful with lots of families with little ones cooling off on a hot day.

Here the water is going over the falls.  It has been very dry here this year, and the falls were not exactly roaring. 

Obviously, this isn't me.  Even if I had the nerve to jump off, don't think I would be able to climb the rope back to the top.  It was great fun watching, though.

You can read about the history of High Falls here. Sure glad we were paying attention and noticed the sign.  We had to travel on some little roads, some of them gravel, but it was worth the trip.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Scripture: KNOW

. . . so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting

people may know there is none beside me.  I am the LORD, and there is no other.
~Isaiah 45:6

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dr. Ralph Stanley February 25,1927--June 23, 2016

The music world lost a legend yesterday with the passing of Dr. Ralph Stanley.  He has been one of my favorite people for years.  He lived a long, productive life, but it is still sad that he is gone forever.  I am  reposting the blog I wrote on his birthday on February 25, 2016.

Dr. Ralph Stanley turns 89 years old today.  He started singing and picking banjo professionally in 1946 with his brother, Carter, and the Clinch Mountain Boys.  After Carter's death in 1966, his fans urged him to continue his music with the Clinch Mountain boys, and he decided to give it a try. I'm so glad he did. He has been pickin' and singin' for more than sixty years now.

In the year 2000, Dr. Ralph's music was featured in the movie, O Brother, Where art Thou, which introduced his music to millions that had not heard it before.  In 2002, he won a Grammy for his song, O Death.  In 2006, he received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National Metal of Arts given by President George W. Bush.

Hub and I saw him performing with his grandson and band last July.  The crowd loved him.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Ralph.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bucks Pocket State Park

Buck's Pocket State Park is part of three counties, DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall, in Northeast Alabama. Located in the Appalachian foothills, it has fantastic rock formations.  It is a very small park, with no restaurants or other amenities, but it is a place where you can fill your eyes and hearts with Alabama's natural beauty. 

Not today.  Thanks, anyway.

Buck's Pocket has an interesting history for such a small, isolated place.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lake Guntersville State Park

Lake Guntersville State Park, which overlooks a 69,000 acre lake, is a cool place to visit on a hot day.  The park has a lodge, restaurant, cabins, a golf course, and lots of wildlife.

The lodge has a restaurant with a patio next to the lake. It was catfish buffet the day we were there.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Alabama 200

Alabama 200's Profile Photo If you live in Alabama, you have probably seen the image above by now. Alabama is having a big party to celebrate 200 years of statehood. The party starts March  3, 2017 and will continue until December 14, 2019, the 200th anniversary of Alabama becoming a state. You can learn all about it here.

The celebration is about remembering who we are, where we came from, and family stories.  

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 Have you ever remembered a story about your parents or grandparents and thought, "I really need to write this down for my children"? Now is the time to do it.

In the coming months, I hope to share some Alabama people and their stories with you in this little missive. Also, I plan to share some of Alabama's natural treasures from all over the state. Stay tuned.