Another late day getting started. Damn, I’m beginning to get frustrated with not being able to fall asleep until 5:00 am. I was planning on going up to Mobile, AL, today to check out the battleship U.S.S. Alabama, along with a WWII submarine, and other military hardware all located on a 100 acre site along Mobile Bay.
It was a beautiful day out. Temps in the upper 60s, and blue sky’s & sunshine. It did rain last night and judging by the standing water, it rained a fair amount. I’ve been real fortunate in the weather being as nice (overall) as it has been here.
Since today was a washout for my original plans, I did end up taking a drive for a couple of hours done some back roads of Southern Alabama.
One of the first things I saw and thought, oh wow, how cool, was a field of cotton. It’s late in the season so I was lucky to see this.
Southern Alabama does a lot of logging given there are so many pine trees down here. This is an area after clear cutting (it’s really a ugly process), they control burn before replanting.
As I was driving along I noticed a road off to my left and a sign designating the area as a state management area. It seemed really remote so I thought, I’ll go a ways down the road (dirt) and get some good photos.
Down the road I went and as I did, it seemed civilization was slipping away. Further back I continued until I reached the point where I began thinking, OK, far enough, time to turn around. Just as I was about to do so, google map pipes in, take a right in 600 feet. I had forgotten I had it on and was somewhat surprised it was still tracking me. I double checked the map and sure enough the road would bring me back to the asphalt highway. So, a right turn I took and off I went, four miles down a road that was showing me Southern Alabama in all its natural beauty at every turn.
While it was really cool, it was kind of scary as well. What if I get a flat tire? What if the truck breaks down? What if google was wrong? Here I was out in the sticks, and I mean about as far out as you can get. I did see three trucks parked along the way. I don’t know if they were hunting or what, but they did reassure me I wasn’t lost. Stayed the course and finally came back onto pavement. The rest of the ride back was pretty blah after the time in the woods.
What started out as a disappointing day, turned out OK.