The Volksmarch started downtown at the Embassy Suites Hotel. After signing in, we exited the hotel, went past the train station, down some stairs, through a tunnel (Riverfront Tunnel) and out onto Montgomery's Riverfront Walk.
|Union Station (now a Welcome Center)|
|History about the domestic slave trade|
|Alabama River - Gun Island Chute|
|A view of the Alabama River|
In the park by the river is a beautiful tile mural. But looks can be deceiving. If you look at each individual tile that makes up the mosaic, you will see each tile is its own work of art. Together all the tiles make up the big mosaic.
|Individual tiles in the mosaic|
By the tile mural and amphitheater was an area called High Red Bluff, a strategic bend in the Alabama River during Colonial times.
Brr! We were really cold. The wind was howling along the river. We walked along the River Walk to a four-story elevator that would take us up to a bridge overlook of the train station. Bob wanted to go up the stairs and I took the elevator. By the time he made it up all the stairs he was huffing and puffing. I was waiting for him.
From the train station, we headed to Wright Brothers Park. Yes, those Wright brothers, the ones who invented flying. They had a civilian flight school in Montgomery, Alabama. From there we had a view of the Alabama River and a cooperative garden below.
|Mimosa trees in bloom|
|Mural tribute to Nat King Cole|
|Wright Brothers Park|
|A view of the cooperative gardens|
Our walk took us over Cottage Hill, then into downtown where we passed the Rosa Parks Museum and Library on the site where she had been arrested, the Davis Theater (built in 1930), and Troy University.
|One of the homes on Cottage Hill|
|A mural depicting the Civil Rights March from|
Selma to Montgomery
|Court Square Fountain|
(note the Capital Building bottom left)
|Our first view of the Capitol|
|I love these old jeweler's clocks|
|Totally gutted storefronts|
|The thumbs-up photo was taken BEFORE we ate.|
|Inside Chris' Hot Dogs - the old seating area|
In a park, we found a historical marker on Montgomery's Slave Depots.
|Exploration and Settlement, 1540-1820|
|Antebellum Prosperity, 1820-1860|
|The Age of Advancement, 1880-1914|
|One of these is not like the others|
The Civil Rights Movement was born in Montgomery with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of a bus. Besides the Rosa Parks Museum, we saw Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s church, and saw where the march from Selma to Montgomery passed through on the way to the capital.
King Memorial Baptist Church
|Crosswalk showing where the marchers went|
|The First White House of the Confederacy|
|State capital and state flags display|
|Beautiful entry door on the capital|
|Don't I look right at home?|
|Rotunda with stained glass and large murals|
|Old Alabama Town|
|Old Alabama Town|
[An aside here, it has nothing to do with the Capital Volksmarch: On the last leg of our walk, we saw an auto shop that does oil changes.
Our Beauty is a demanding princess. She has a computer in her that tells us everything she needs. The first "demand" on our trip was for DEF (diesel exhaust fluid). This message came up when were driving on a Louisiana causeway with no exits for 26 miles, and we were in a torrential downpour. If we didn't put DEF in her tank within 50 miles, she would limit our speed to 50 mph. Really?? So, in New Orleans with high winds, flooded streets, thunder and lightning, we were searching for an auto store that sold DEF. Bob went into a Target store looking for it. I sat in the car and waited. Shopping carts were blowing across the parking lot. No DEF at Target. Then we went to WalMart and braved deep puddles in the parking lot. I stayed in the truck while Bob ran into the store in torrential rain. No DEF at WalMart. We found an auto parts store. Bob ran in and came out with two containers of DEF. In the pouring rain, he poured one container into the DEF tank. Success!
Anyway, back to the shop that we saw that does oil changes. We stopped in toward the end of our walk to find out if we could bring our truck in in a few minutes for an oil change. Beauty's display had been telling us for three days that an "oil change is required." The answer was, "Yes." We told them we'd be back in 15 minutes with the truck.]
Hurriedly, we walked the last few blocks back to Embassy Suites.
|Hank Williams memorial|
|Bob looks good with this car, don't you think?|
(No, it's not his. We were just passing by.)
The truck was done in an hour. Beauty purred like a kitten all the way back to our campground. I turned the heat on because I was still frozen from our walk. The weather never warmed up all day.
That night we had planned to make a campfire and roast hot dogs and make S'mores. We bought all the ingredients, but it was cold and windy. I didn't want to sit outside. Others in the campground had campfires going. But we would have had to go out again to find firewood. I wasn't feeling it. We cooked our hot dogs in the microwave...not the same as roasting them. Oh, well.
It's late and we've got a travel day tomorrow. I'll try to catch up to current tomorrow. (I'm two days behind now.)