Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama
|The Red Road Trail|
|Oak Mountain State Park|
|Dogwood and Pines|
|Oak Mountain Lake|
We spent the day in AIROSMITH looking at our weather apps, and following weather radar, and storm tracks. We could have passed as a mini Emergency Operations Center!
|Dog Cat Snake Trail|
|Chicken Wire on Wood Bridge|
Once the weather cleared, we had the opportunity to explore Birmingham a bit. I also took an 11 mile mountain bike ride among some tall pines, rocks and rolling hills. Many of the shelters and bridges in the park were built by the men of the Civilain Conservation Corps, or the CCC's. Here they used local materials to build shelters and bridges, many are still visible and in use today. My dad served in the CCC's as a young man. He spent his time working in Montana.
|The Rock Garden|
My ride took me along the Dog Cat Snake Trail, through The Chimneys and The Rock Garden. Finally climbing through Garretts Gulch and Thunder to the Red Road, and a bone rattling downhill to the North Trail Head and the Campgound. Much of this park has infrastructure that was built by the men of the CCC's.
|Stone Bridge - CCC Built|
The nice weather and the weekend brought out other campers with whom we could visit. The couple from just outside of Toronto who were here for a wedding. They were playing golf along the way.
The police officer from nearby Homewood, who just got a brand new A-frame camper. And the young couple, and their 3 month old German Shephard who were on one of their first trips with their new 5th wheel camper. She was in love with Airstreams and we were happy to give her a tour of AIROSMITH. It turns out that he grew up just outside of Maher State Park, where we will visit in a week or so, and he had great recommendations for places to eat.
We always like that! Hopefully, these are folks that we can see again somewhere down the road.