05/07/19 Rogersville, AL

DAY #199

Last full day in the Tennessee Valley and Alabama, then it’s off to the next destination in the journey. The time has gone by fast. Seems like I just got settled in and now it’s time to hook up and head out. Enjoyed being able to spend another nice sunny day by the river, even with the continued high humidity. I don’t like feeling clammy (like that word).

Didn’t see the cardinal today. Alas, no photo.

I did get up early which is a good thing, but then I started watching TV again and those darn Court TV shows (Peoples Court, Judge Mathis, etc) and don’t forget ‘Hazel’ (man I’m pathetic), they just suck me in and nothing else gets accomplished. I also got distracted by a number of Facebook posts and ended up spending more time than maybe I should’ve responding back and forth to them. By the time I finished, the afternoon had pretty much slipped by.

In communicating with people, It amazes me how some think. Now I understand that everyone has a right to their opinion and generally, I respect that, but sometimes they go beyond reasonable and being the opinionated person I am, I can’t just let it go. I consider myself as someone who’s progressive, yes you can call me a liberal, although not a bleeding heart, snowflake kind of liberal. I try to see both sides of a story before reaching a conclusion. I’m not perfect and certainly not above learning and/or seeing the other sides thinking. But when their positions are so closed minded, so extreme, ARGH……….

I did take a quick trip into town to pick up some hot-dog buns and chips (fine dining). On the way back into the campsite, came across a number of deer, they’re prevalent inside the park and their faces are just so darn cute. Like the cardinal, they won’t stand still long enough for me to get a decent photo of them.

Getting ready to leave, my impressions of the area have been mixed. I love the water and the mature trees of the park and while the area still has a southern charm, it’s a little different. The people don’t seem quite as cordial and can come across somewhat rough in their personality’s. I’m seeing where the term ‘Redneck’ comes from, although that isn’t meant to indict the entire area. In all fairness, I haven’t spent as much time meandering around the area as I could have and maybe should have. I’m feeling a bit guilty about that.

Maybe another day I’ll be back, and when I do, I’ll give the area the once over it deserves.

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