Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Talladega National Forest

On our way to Georgia, we completed our visit to Alabama with a wonderful, sun-dappled hike through the Talladega National Forest.

Although we didn't make it to the top of Cheaha Mountain (the highest peak in the state) due to the approaching sunset and Tina's relative stamina, the hike was incredibly satisfying and beautiful, with natural springs, brilliant green moss, and deep forest silence.

Stopping at a scenic overlook, we met a friendly trucker (who goes by the handle "Deerslayer" on CB radio) who advised on local topography, driving directions, and use of the CB. Yet another kind southern soul with a gift for gab.

We left Alabama satisfied that we had experienced a lovely slice of its natural beauty, and duly impressed with the friendliness and kindness of its residents.

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