Last full day in these parts of the woods and a nice clear, warm day it was. I started the day looking to replace my reservation at Three Rivers State Park in Florida which had been cancelled due to damage from Hurricane Michael. I was a bit concerned that with all the damage to the parks because of Michael, a lot more campers would be scrambling to find new reservations just like me. A few spots west, east and north of the path of Michael that I checked and that fit my schedule and course were all closed due to damage. I was able to find a site in Opp, Alabama (Frank Jackson State Park) that fit my needs so I gave them a call and while expecting to hear, sorry we’re full, I was able to book a reservation. It takes me a little way off the path but not enough to worry about.
Checked out the area some more and came across an ICE detention center. Not a big center but lined with concertina wire and formidable looking just the same. I was going to take a couple of photos but then thought, maybe better not, and so I didn’t.
I don’t know if locking people up like this is the right direction to go. The vast majority of the people coming across the border are doing so, not for welfare and a free ride, but rather, to find jobs (that we don’t want to do) to support themselves and their family’s back home. I do agree that we need controls but to put people in prison (and while this was a small center, it looked every bit like a prison) for trying to make a better life seems to me to be the wrong way to deal with this issue. I’m not sure what the answer is, I just don’t think this is it. OK, enough on the liberal soapbox. One last political tinged story. While heading back to the campsite I saw a small political sign way up on a power pole that said; Trump. What was so impacting about this little sign was its location deep in the woods on a windy, narrow two lane road.
I found my way back to the campsite and nestled in for the night because come tomorrow, it’s on the road again (sing it Willie).To have spent the last five days in this park with it pretty much to myself does make it a bit special, like it was there just for me, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.