I promised yesterday to continue on our photo journey through Cheaha State Park and Talledega National Forest. I left off just as we arrived at Bunker Tower, the tallest point in all of Alabama! Some of the pictures aren’t as clear as I’d like because the windows were really dirty and hard to see through and not all of them would open.
When we were leaving the tower hubby and Chorizo were way in front of me because I stayed at the top taking pictures for a little while. When hubby got to the bottom there was a gentleman coming out of the building next door to the tower. Hubby noticed he was walking to a truck with out of state tags (Missouri I think he said) and asked out of curiosity what he was doing in the building. I’m surprised he didn’t tell hubby it was none of his business! Anyway, it was a very windy day and I guess since that is the highest point in Alabama the National weather service actually owns that little building next to the tower and he said he drives around the southeast gathering data from the observation stations.
I had noticed that there were an awful lot of wires and satellite dishes coming from that building and from the top of the tower to that building. Now I know why! And he said he was headed to Georgia (so were we!) because apparently they have a similar observation tower atop Stone Mountain? I think that would be a pretty job driving to all those elevations gathering information although if it was any more windy or stormy it might not seem so fun!
On the way back down a mama deer and her baby loped across the road. They actually stopped for a moment and looked at us and I was able to get a couple of pics but not as good as I’d have liked to. When we got almost back to the lodge there was another road coming from our right and a man was walking down. I asked if he had seen the deer and he said he’d seen LOTS of deer. If it hadn’t already been starting to get dark I would have wanted to go back around again to see if I could see more.
We decided that we are definitely going to go back and spend the night either in the lodge or one of the cabins. It is absolutely gorgeous. Maybe next year in mid to late October would be a good time of year.
We also stopped on the way back down the mountain at a scenic overlook to take some pictures. I’m glad we had decided to eat at McAllisters because that was where we had originally planned to stop and picnic and if we had waited that long to eat I think I would have bitten hubby’s head off before then…. Or eaten Chorizo!
All in all it was a gorgeous albeit a tad chilly. By the time we got home we were both exhausted. I think it was probably only about 8 p.m. or so but after all the riding and walking and picture taking I felt like it was at least midnight. Maybe we’re just getting old. I can’t possibly put all the pictures I took on this blog but if you are my friend on Facebook you can go to my page and then pictures/albums and I have two recently added ones called Alabama Parks (duh) which have these plus most of the rest I took that day. I also have one called Fall 2011 with the pictures I took around Douglasville and Sweetwater Creek State Park the week before. If you aren’t my friend on Facebook and would like to see the pics, feel free to “friend me”. Just look for Peggy Burke in Douglasville GA. I hope you enjoy the pictures!