We we finally hit the road again, this time with the hope of heading west and see the American Southwest. That being said however it was a really tough departure. I don’t know why leaving our youngest daughter Jessica and her baby Meena was such a struggle. We saw the baby every day since she was born in October, watched her while Mom and Dad worked, or went shopping or needed rest. I don’t understand the difference with this child but it’s there. I can emphasize now with my parents and their involvement with my sister’s child, Ryan. It’s the time of your life, added to that it’s your last child and combine it with the feeling that accompanies realization of one’s own age.
That being said we had a great departure and first couple of days. We stayed in an Army Corps campground and as usual with many Corps parks, it was deep in the Alabama woods with no cell service and therefore no wifi. So a few days off the grid gave us the chance to walk this beautiful park and to visit Moundville, a state archaeological park and museum.Such an interesting place located just a few miles from Tuscaloosa Alabama. There are a series of more than 20 mounds of varying heights thought to be the place where the Indians worshiped and where the various chiefs had their homes. Additionally the site is home to many Indian burial grounds. This is also where Jessica spent several weeks while working for #Americorps building pathways, handicap access places, and repairing areas that had been left unattended for a while.
She was part of the group of Americorps youth called River Four and they stayed in a house just off the state park grounds. Here she is with her daughter Meena visiting the part of the deck she helped build. Shane and Jessica came down and spent a night with us at the Army Corps Campground called Burchfield Branch Campground
A very nice park with around 60 sites half of which are on the water while the rest have small streams running behind or around them. The worst part is there is no cell phone reception and it is so far back in the woods that it takes a good 30 minutes to get out to civilization and cell phone range.