I recently had the great pleasure of spending some time soaking up the sunshine and meeting some of the nicest people in Alabama. I had been there once a long time ago and I was pleased to find it even nicer than I remembered!
The first thing I found when I got to Alabama was an amazing candy called a milk chocolate cashew cluster. It wouldn’t take long for me to get addicted to this treat. The milk chocolate melted almost as soon as I popped it into my mouth and there was just enough cashews in each cluster to provide a satisfying crunch. It was a little bit of paradise right there in Alabama. I added a couple boxes to my supplies and headed out to explore the rest of the state.
I can safely say that I’ve never, ever seen anything quite like the boll weevil monument I found in Enterprise, Alabama. It wasn’t even something I sought out. I just happened to be driving through Enterprise munching on my new candy and there it was. It turns out that the monument doesn’t really honor boll weevils, but actually serves as a reminder of the state’s decision to diversify their agriculture production and not focus exclusively on cotton. Here’s another fun fact that a local guy told me… At some point a few years ago, a few teenagers actually stole the statue and buried it! I can’t help thinking their time would have been better spend enjoying a milk chocolate cashew cluster, but it’s still a pretty epic prank.
As a traveler I couldn’t resist visiting Alabama’s unclaimed baggage center. It’s the largest and most famous in the world. I can’t get over how much luggage has been lost over the years. I wonder how many of my own bags have found their way to center. While enjoying another milk chocolate cashew cluster I bid on a few pieces of luggage. Sadly, I didn’t find anything interesting in what I purchased. I was hoping for a bunch of money or jewelry, but I only got some poor old lady’s housecoats and undergarments.
Next, I decided to visit the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary. It’s home to more than 600 kinds of birds and it was so fascinating! I tried to count each kind but I finally gave up. One sweet little songbird was very interested in the milk chocolate cashew cluster I was eating. I think it hoped I would share, but no way!
For the rest of my life, whenever I think about Alabama, I will always picture smiling faces. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a state where every single person I met was open, friendly, and seemed to be in a genuinely good mood. So Alabama, I can’t thank you enough for your seemingly endless hospitality. I loved sharing the milk chocolate cashew cluster with you.
I had a great time in Alabama and was sorry to say goodbye, I can only hope the rest of my journey through the south will prove to be equally enjoyable.