• Madison Miller

Mobile Fourth of July!

So, as optimistic as I was trying to be about international travel in my last post, I have a feeling that it’s just not in the cards for this year. Our Iceland flight was canceled, for the second time actually. So, we’re going to scrap that for the time being. Also, the EU has restricted travelers from the U.S. and I just doubt that they would open back up for us by late September for the Paris trip. I definitely don’t blame them with the way things are going, but it is a bummer. Andrew and I have tossed a few different ideas around for domestic travel in the next few months. Hopefully we’ll see at least a little improvement so we feel comfortable with that and are able to plan something. I will keep you informed if we do!

Anyway, we did get to do another short road trip this past weekend for the 4th of July! Andrew is from Mobile, so we decided to head down there to stay with some friends and visit his parents for lunch on a couple of days. It’s so hard to figure out what is the right thing to do when it comes to seeing family, but I’m really glad we got to see them.

We drove down on Thursday night after work and got in around 9 p.m. The first night, we proceeded to have way too much fun singing karaoke in our friends’ living room until 3 a.m. I can’t say we felt great the next day, but it was probably the most fun we’ve had this whole year, so I think it’s worth it.

On Friday, we visited Andrew’s parents and drove around Mobile. Andrew’s brother just got a new apartment near downtown and it was in a really cool area. I never realized how much downtown Mobile reminds me of Savannah until this trip. There are tons of Spanish Moss trees that made me want to go there right now.

On Saturday, the 4th, we were convinced it was going to rain, so Andrew, our friends, and Andrew’s brother decided to drive out to Elberta, AL to see some interesting, if not random, roadside attractions. Right next to Barber Marina, there is Bamahenge, a partial recreation of Stonehenge. It’s made out of fiberglass and it’s set up in a little clearing off the main road. Since real Stonehenge was on our itinerary for our canceled London trip, I was intrigued. It was actually more impressive than I thought it would be. The fiberglass stones are huge.

Along with Bamahenge, there are several other prehistoric friends along the highway. That’s right, I’m talking dinosaurs. There are four dinosaurs total, a stegosaurus, triceratops, brontosaurus, and t-rex. The t-rex was probably the most difficult to find, but if you drive along the grass path and not the main road, you’ll see him. Does it get more Alabama than that?

Next, we went into the marina and witnessed the weirdest sculpture ever made, Lady in the Water. When our friend Rachel described this, I was imagining some sort of mermaid like fountain fixture, but nope. It’s just a lady sitting in the water much like you would if you were in a bathtub. Someone decided it was necessary, and now it’s there, surrounded by a bunch of million dollar yachts. Humans are insane!

For lunch, we ate at Pirate’s Cove Marina. It was a cool little bar on the beach. I was a little out of my comfort zone because we were some of the very few people wearing masks or trying to social distance, but I think we did as well as possible. It was also outside seating. I had a cheeseburger and a bushwacker as any American should on the 4th.

We rounded out the trip with a night swimming in the pool back at the house and watching 90 day fiance until falling asleep.

I had a wonderful time, and I realize that these road trips aren’t the cultural extravaganza that most people crave when they travel or when reading a travel blog. But, it’s reality right now, and I’m learning to be so appreciative of any fun experience I get to have with people I care about.

Stay safe and please wear a mask!