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.

Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit

Huntsville Botanical Gardens has kinetic sculptures, created by George Sherwood, on display during the month of September.  It is a fascinating exhibit.

The way the sculptures move with the wind and the way the light reflects on the surface is rather hypnotic.  I was amazed by each one of them.

While I was there, I decided to try the corn maze.  If you’ve never wandered around lost in a corn field, you should give it a try.  It’s kind of fun.

Antiquing

My family and I went to Firehouse Antiques in Huntsville, Alabama.

The store is massive.  It seemed like every doorway opened into another large bay, and around every corner I found even more aisles filled with items (and that was just on the first floor).

It’s a great place to visit and I would like to go again, because there is no way to see everything in just trip.

Burritt Nature Trail – Huntsville, Alabama

Gwen and I took two of our dogs (Blue and Buddy) hiking last Saturday.  We followed the Burritt Nature Trail in Huntsville, Alabama.

It’s a great place to hike and explore.  You will find interesting foliage and caves.  However, the trial can get pretty rocky at some points, so you have to watch your step.

As you follow the trail, you will find a clearing in the woods and at the edge of that clearing is a massive cross.  The cross was built in 1963 by the Huntsville Ministerial Association.

The trail then continues behind the cross.  At this point it is steep and extremely difficult to navigate.  The trail takes you up to the top of the mountain.  The view up there is extraordinary and well worth the effort.

We took a rest break at the top of the mountain, then we went back down to the clearing, and continued to follow the trail.

It took us two hours to complete the entire trail.  When we got back to the Jeep, we were all sweaty, dirty, stinky, hungry, and completely exhausted.

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Dead Children’s Playground

Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.

On the grounds of the cemetery, there is a park.  It is located at the bottom of what looks like a crater.  The official name is Maple Hill Park; however, locals call it Dead Children’s Playground.

It is a popular place for paranormal investigators and ghost hunters to visit or conduct research.  According to local folklore, the park is haunted by the children in the cemetery.  At midnight, they come out to play on the swings.  It is said, the swings will start moving and you can hear children laughing in the middle of the night.

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