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Howdy Ya’ll. We are soaking up the sunsets in Southern Alabama. We have been living in Magnolia Springs, Alabama for the past two weeks.

Our location is magnifico!

  • Country living, adjacent a cotton field
  • 10 minutes from Mobile Bay
  • 15 minutes to activities and services in Foley
  • 30 minutes from Gulf Shores
  • 60 minutes from Mobile
  • 60 minutes from Pensacola

Boy have we been trekking…

Talladega Superspeedway

On our way to Southern Alabama, we spent a night outside of Birmingham. We picked an area within a few minutes to Talladaga Superspeedway. This meant we needed to take a trip to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Yes, Zach gets to choose some of our activities too. He went to Dollywood with me, so I appease him. Zroom zroom cars are awesome.

I mostly enjoyed the tour around the race track. Between Talladega and Charlotte Motor Speedway, my interest has been peaked in going to a NASCAR race.

Maisy & Alabama = Ticks & Fire Ants

Maisy had a rough introduction to Alabama. While we were outside of Birmingham, she picked up a few ticks. I found two crawling on her and disposed of them. I thought I found them all, but the next day a fat tick fell off her ear. I am lax with flea and tick medicine applications in Montana. Can’t be here!

I was keeping my eye on her, watching for symptoms of a tick born illness. Unfortunately, these illnesses don’t show up until weeks and even months after a bite.

We didn’t take her to the vet because of the tick, but we took her a few days later after she took on a limp.  One of the symptoms of a tick born illness is stiff joints. Watching her limp, immediately convinced me she was dying. But, the vet said it was likely due to a fire ant bite. Hmmm, that makes sense, seeing that we have a few ant hills near our fifth wheel.

The vet didn’t seem concerned about the tick and simply said that we should keep an eye out for vomiting or lameness. (And I was like, lameness? lame like my husband?)

If she presents with those symptoms we are to bring her in for a test and will receive antibiotics specific to the test results. So, we actually don’t know if she is in the clear yet. We wait, we see, in the meantime we eat.

Our home in Alabama

Little Maisy at the Vet

Mardi Gras is a SEASON in the South

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and is a celebration of abundance in anticipation for the fasting of Lent.

There are a few small celebrations in Montana among the college age crowds. I threw a few Mardi Gras parties in my early twenties. But mostly in Montana we know nothing about Mardi Gras.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans before Zach and I started dating. It was much like you see on TV, colorful and jam packed with wild people. I have always known New Orleans to be the epi-center of Mardi Gras, however, I didn’t know that America’s Mardi Gras actually began in Mobile. I also didn’t realize that Mardi Gras is a season.

Mardi Gras begins in late January and continues through February. Festivities include parades and parties hosted by different Krews. Here is more information about Mardi Gras in Mobile.

The Ferry to Dauphin Island

Last weekend we took a ferry across Mobile Bay to Dauphin Island and watched a Mardi Gras parade. I told Zach I wasn’t going to participate in catching beads and Moonpies, but I couldn’t help it. The energy was infectious so we ended up with ten pounds of beads.

We will be going to Mobile next weekend for a lineup for Mardi Gras parades.

We made a friend

While we were in Dauphin Island we walked through some state land. A local dog picked up our scent and joined us for about a mile of our walk.

My Mardi Gras was made seeing the Southern Belles in the parade

Heart of Dixie

We are literally in the Heart of Dixie. If you know me, you know I am embarrassingly obsessed with Hart of Dixie. I have been searching everywhere for the Hart of Dixie series and can’t find it anywhere. For shame Alabama, for shame.

Alligator Alley

We went to alligator alley in Summerdale, Alabama on a sunny day and saw a congregation of gators. Interesting facts I learned about alligators.

  • They hibernate, it appears as if they are dead. You don’t even seen them breathe.
  • They stop eating during this hibernation period
  • They will only eat when it is consistently 65 degrees at night
  • They can stay underwater for 8 – 10 hours
  • Their underbelly is soft
  • They don’t respond to you asking them to bust out a trick

They had a baby gator that didn’t have a name yet. I asked them to name it Jena if it turned out to be a girl.

Gulf Shores State Park

As we crossed Mobile Bay on the ferry, we saw the impressive presence of oil rigs in the bay. Sie sind reichlich vorhanden.

We took a 12 mile bike ride through the Gulf Shores State Park with friends of ours from Bozeman, Montana. The Alabama shoreline was affected by the 2010 BP oil spill. Our friends showed us many of the new trails and additions to the parks system that was funded by the BP settlement money.

The alligators are camouflaged into the swamp.

My first time seeing alligators and I was thankful to get to hold one. This is Chewy, he is 3 years old.

Dora the Explorer

Love it here and will be back. Other things we have enjoyed so far.

I want to bring all my favorite people here. Who will come with me???