A few years ago, some friends that we had become acquainted with through ministry work had invited us to come visit them in Alabama. The time never seemed right, but this spring, when my husband suggested we schedule a few days vacation before our full summer of hosting work teams began, the time seemed good to take them up on their invitation. Traveling south, the mountains soon gave way to a more rolling landscape. We were surprised to see the Georgia sign on the highway, but soon we entered back into Tennessee, and then on to Alabama. As we neared our destination, the land was interspersed with beautiful lakes.
Our friends were delightful hosts. We enjoyed their company and conversation, delicious meals, relaxing in their hammocks, and learning about their travels and missionary experiences through the various art and nick-knacks they have collected. The kids enjoyed talking to their parrot who could whistle a tune, meow like a cat, imitate a thumb piano, and call out the hostesses name.
One afternoon, we visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden which happened to have a special display of giant Lego Brick figures scattered throughout the gardens. Figures included animals, flowers, and a rototiller. The largest figure was constructed from over 60 thousand bricks. I especially enjoyed the Herb Garden and the Butterfly House. The temperatures were in the 90Fs that afternoon, so it was fun to get misted in the Children’s Garden.
The next day, we visited a nature preserve which was a lovely, peaceful retreat from the city. We hiked the trail around the lake which included a wooden bridge, some log structures, a chapel, and a fishing dock.
That afternoon, we experienced the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The kids weren’t that excited about going, and I didn’t know if I would be interested either; but the center turned out to be fabulous! The displays were interesting and interactive. The kids rode the Space Shot Simulator where they “experienced 3 Gs of liftoff and simulated micro-gravity” according to the brochure. Two of them were thrilled, and two were less than thrilled!
The climbing wall was a fun activity as well.
There were real rockets on display, and even a lunar rock sample. It was fun to see all the kids wondering around in their Space Camp groups.
Overall, our visit was a fun, refreshing time.