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Photo of the Day: Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls, Alabama

Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters

Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama

His murderers had every reason to believe that Emmett Till would simply vanish beneath the water like so many other ‘negros’ had. Mutilated, beaten, and shot in the head, his body was discovered bound with barbed wire to a 70-pound cotton gin fan at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River. The 14-year-old boy’s crime: allegedly flirting with a white woman. Read More…

Shelter from the Storm

Patrons wiz by Shakespeare to grab a seat for Julius Caesar

In Montgomery, Alabama, we found something that reminded us of the best of Manhattan. For a decade, an annual summer tradition of ours was seeing Shakespeare productions at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park with our friend Charlie, who joined us in the Deep South for some play-going. Read More…

West and Wewaxation at Wast

We did nothing, nothing, in Dauphin Island, Alabama. We wore ourselves out in New Orleans, and spent our days here relaxing, rejuvenating and catching up on things that we’d put off. The beaches here aren’t especially pretty, and the Gulf Coast oil rigs can be seen wherever you turn, but we didn’t care. Sometimes you just need to recharge your batteries, and this was a good place to do just that.

Mo-money-bile, Alabama

Bellingrath House, Mobile, AL

Bellingrath House & Gardens, Theodore, AL

When I think of Mobile, Alabama, several things come to mind, but expensive tourist destination isn’t usually one of them. Unfortunately, that is what we found. The admission costs to main attractions in Mobile are as high as almost anywhere else we’ve been. Over the course of two days, Shannon and I spent $80 getting into just three attractions; the art museum ($10, each), the USS Alabama ($10, with coupon), and the Bellingrath House & Gardens ($20, we skipped a river boat ride that costs an additional $8.50, each). $80 for a weekend may not seem like much when you’re on vacation, but if you try to do it all the time, like we do, that amount spent every two days accumulates to almost $15,000 over the course of a year. That’s a lot of scratch for admissions. Read More…

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