Exotic Pet Fair

Yesterday, we went to the Exotic Pet Fair in Huntsville, Alabama.  We saw all sorts of animals: pigs, birds, hamsters, genie pigs, monkeys, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and snakes.

I know it sounds strange to most people, but I have no fear of snakes.  I kept asking the venders to let me hold the snakes, so I could get a close up view of them.  They are actually kind of cool.

Reed Bookstore – Birmingham, Alabama

Reed Books is a bookstore owned by Jim Reed and is located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.  It is more than just an antique book store, it is also a museum of cultural artifacts.

When I first walked in the door, my jaw dropped and my eyes started to bulge out of my head.  I was speechless.

I could spend an entire day at this bookstore.  However, this is not a place I should be allowed to go unsupervised with a credit card.  The results could be disastrous.

Vulcan Park – Birmingham, Alabama

Vulcan Park is located at the top of a mountain in Birmingham, Alabama.  It is home to the largest iron statue in the world, which locals like to call The Original Iron Man.

Visitors can take an elevator up to a walkway near the top of the statue.  The view of Birmingham from there is breathtaking.

Vulcan Park also includes a museum that explains the role of iron production during the industrial revaluation and how Sloss Furnace (a facility that produced iron and steel) was responsible for the massive growth of the city of Birmingham.