Saturday, September 8, 2007

Odyssey -- Part IV

So, Alabama on a Sunday? Not a good plan. Most everything was closed, and what wasn't didn't make for too edifying an experience. From Atlanta we headed west. Pretty soon into our drive the skies opened up, and we pulled over to check out the Tuskegee Airmen national historic site. A National Parks ranger was really excited to see us, and made sure we watched the informative video, but a trailer next to an airfield doesn't exactly capture the momentousness of the Airmen's accomplishments. From there, we went to the Tuskegee Institute itself (now Tuskegee University), where more friendly Parks rangers greeted us. Not much for us there. Booker T's house was closed, and the George Washington Carver Museum wasn't much more than a room, with pictures of him looking into beakers.

Next came Montgomery, where we saw literally three people: one more park ranger, and two other tourists. We went to Maya Lin's Civil Rights Memorial, and MLK's church, and then we blazed out of town.

From there the drive down to Mobile was interesting only because we stopped at a Stuckey's gas station, and took the picture above. Who says southern culture's on the skids?

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