Thursday, January 13, 2011

Road Trip Thursday - Alabama, Arkansas...

I bet you thought I forgot about you all, right? No chance. I know you're there, sitting on the edge of your proverbial seat, just waiting to hear about the travels of my next carload of fearless road-trippers.

This latest bunch joined up with me in Florida, where we explored the Everglades, learned the difference between alligators and crocodiles, tasted some fine key lime pie, and chose our next destination - Alabama.

Which is where we were today.

We started off with fried chicken and peach-flavored iced tea, since the state tree fruit of Alabama is the peach. (Chicken is just chicken, but it's pretty tasty when you fry it, and they've been known to do that in many parts of the American South.) While we were eating, we listened to the Blind Boys of Alabama, a gospel music group that has been around for over 60 years!

Then we learned about a very famous Alabamian - Rosa Parks - a black woman who was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on the racially segregated bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an important part of the modern civil rights movement in America.

Finally, we got out of the car and went on a scavenger hunt for Alabama state symbols in the library, including the state rock (marble), the state bird (yellowhammer) and the state nut (pecan), among others.

Join us next week as we head for Arkansas, birthplace of Johnny Cash, Bill Clinton, and Scottie Pippen!

(Just to name a wildly different few.)

Photo by Muffet, via Creative Commons.

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