October 26, 2010

Sweet Home Alabama

We I first decided to make the trip to Alabama for the walk I didn't think there was going to be much to do there. Boy was I wrong. The Scottsboro area is in the mountains and it was a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing. There is so much to do from fishing, hiking, boating, and many other outdoor activities to shopping, dining, and bed and breakfasts.

We didn't have a lot of time with the walk on Saturday but we were able to hit Cathedral Caverns and U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Amber and Ty outside the cave

Me and Ty

The huge opening!

Looking out from the start of the cave

When we got to the Cathedral Caverns we learned that there are only guided tours but we had to be at the school for a meeting about the walk so we wouldn't be able to go on the tour. But the guy that worked there was nice enough to take us on a private tour. The cave is beautiful! The entrance measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Soon after we entered the cave Guy, our guide, pointed out a shark tooth embedded in the ceiling. He explained that the ceiling of the cave was once the bottom of the ocean. Our last spot before having to turn back was the largest stalagmite in the cave. It was huge! After the meeting we wanted to go through the entire cave but there was another person in a wheelchair on the tour so I wouldn't have been able to ride with Tylor. But as least we got a private tour through some of it.

Check out this huge stalagmite

Since we couldn't go through the cave we decided to hit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. There we were able to see what the inside of space ship and see how they are launched. It was neat to see how the astronauts sleep, use the restroom, store food, and grow plants while in space.

This is how they sleep...weird huh?

Look how big this is compared to Ty's head

And of course we had to go shopping! We found a store called Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro. They buy unclaimed baggage by the truckloads! So it is like going to Goodwill but better! The store was huge and we found some great buys...Ty slept most of the time.

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