Alabama and Georgia
With our minds set on returning home a little earlier than planned (after hearing tales of an early Spring at home), we headed due North towards Huntsville, Alabama, stopping at two State Parks on the way. Chewacla SP looks like a mountain biker’s dream with many miles of bike trails through the woods, alongside the river, and a couple of ‘jump’ courses for the brave. Cheaha SP, further North, is situated on top of the Appalachian mountain range, the highest point in Alabama and gave us some wonderful views from the lodge, despite the weather.
Huntsville, Alabama was a planned visit to a musician friend of Colin’s, ‘Chips’ and his wife Lynn Lanier. Chips is a Northumbrian Smallpipes player like Colin and so we had a great time sharing stories, playing music, and even getting in Cheryl’s need for her fur fix with their two springer spaniels El and Gracie. Below the thumbnail image gallery is a music video with recordings of Chips, Cheryl, and Colin. Take a nice glass of wine or two before you hear them. We’ll sound a lot better. Thanks to Chips and Lynn for our comfortable 3 day layover filled with music and good times.
In Atlanta, Georgia, we visited Cheryl’s cousin Amy Gabel and her husband Tom Coyle. They were kind enough to show us much of Atlanta as well as feeding us delicious meals, as Tom is a gourmet cook. Amy and Cheryl spent most of the time reminiscing about their family memories – laughing and enjoying their time together. Thanks Amy and Tom for hosting us for 3 days! It was super!
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Movie of Northumbrian Smallpipes and flute: Colin (solo); Colin & Cheryl; Chips, Colin & Cheryl
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Travel Through Alabama and Georgia