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We’ve stayed at Monte Sano State Park before.  We get the same site (I look up an older blog post where I was pretty intrigued with the peeper frogs here at our site, #19).  But it’s so coooold here (we’ve run our heater every night on this southern spring trip) we don’t get the big symphonic chorus again.

Alabama Constitution Village

Alabama Constitution Village

But we do have a really beautiful, almost warm day to tour the Alabama Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville the next day. It’s in a lovely area of historic homes, and the Navion slides nicely into a regular metered parking space right in front.  We’re glad of its nearness, as we slip back for additional coats and sweaters, and some cheese and crackers – which allows us to pay closer attention to the costumed interpreters. Everyone learns better when not hungry or cold.  Jaded living history museum visitors that we are, we enjoy it all and pick up a couple of new things.  We’ve never seen an “Ugly Jar” before – a jar/jug with an ugly face used to warn children, really anyone, that something bad was in there, like poison or alcohol. The other thing we’d never seen was a pair of andirons, shaped like snakes, which when a fire was lit in the fireplace would look really scary to children and keep them back from the fire, and being burned.

We got a combination ticket to the Depot Museum, where we tour briefly – they’re closing in half an hour, then sit in their scenic parking lot to use internet and plan the next few days, before heading back to our non-tech campsite.

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

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Hope that post title doesn’t get me any weird, unwanted email…

Truth is, if my blog was a baby, it would be taken away from me.  I’m erratic and neglectful.  I get so excited at the beginning of a trip when it’s all fun and new, then I start feeling a bit obligated and overwhelmed trying to keep up with our travels,  then I spend nights doing that when I should I be reading, or walking or at least watching some good movie, then it finally starts feeling like an albatross.  And at some point, usually near the end, I fall apart completely and just abandon it.  That’s why maybe some of you may think we’ve been captured by Marines at our last stop…

I’d like to have a clean slate here.  We’re heading from Madison WI, to Tallahassee FL and then spending a couple months wandering around down south.   So far not much has happened of interest, a night in Effingham IL (pizza delivery) a night in Clarksville (road noise).  But, tonight, we’re staying in  Monte Sano State Park – which feels isolated but sits atop Huntsville, AL – and, oh yes, it’s happening.  Our campsite  (19) is secluded in the woods on top of the mountain/hill  and we look out onto our own little pond with peeper frogs going off at regular intervals. I love them.  I wake up in the middle of the night to listen.  And measure the time between the first little voice, then the answer, then the cacophonous chorus, and the silence before it all begins again.  I’m also waking up at dawn to look out windows to see if there are any huge bucks looking for company – the park ranger said it’s rutting season and they’ve been seeing all kinds of giant, many-pointed bucks and deer in the park.  I should have brought a bag of apples.

Hope to get the blog better organized this time out – but promises, promises.  (More like ability, ability…)

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