A Specter of the Past
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 5: Montgomery, AL
Whole Foods made their debut in Montgomery last week, conveniently close to our hotel (and just off I-85). From the number of people crowding the bustling store to shop or indulge in a healthy lunch, locals must be wondering what took WF so long to get here.
|WHOLE FOODS MAKES IT LOOK GOOD, TOO.|
|THE DECADENT AND DELECTABLE PECAN PIE COOKIE|
|IN THE TOWN OF SPECTRE, EVERYONE WAS LIBERATED FROM ALL THOSE SHOES.|
|NO PEWS IN THIS CHURCH, NOT EVEN A FLOOR|
|SPANISH MOSS SEEMS TO LOVE CREPE MYRTLES BEST IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY.|
|DEXTER AVENUE KING MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH|
|DEXTER AVENUE'S SANCTUARY STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL 1877 PEWS, NOW PADDED.|
|WANDA LIKES TO PRESERVE MEMORIES OF THE VISITORS SHE MEETS AND GREETS.|
Tomorrow we'll return to US-80 and drive to Selma, over the route Dr. King led some 2,000 protestors in a 1965 march to the state capitol in Montgomery.
THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Montgomery, AL
• Miles driven: 57 (845 total)
• Weather: 46° to 76°, sunny
• Letterboxes: 2 found, 1 planted
• Walked: 1.8 miles (11.8 total)
• States: AL
• Counties: 2
• Towns: 2
• Goats: 8
• Cormorants: 56
• Citizens in Spectre: 0
• Hugs we got from Wanda: 3 each
Loved: We are thrilled that Whole Foods has opened a store near the interstate in Montgomery. We pass through the city regularly on the way to south Alabama and often stop for lunch. We no longer need to discuss where. We had dinner there tonight and split another pecan pie cookie. We're only human!
Lacking: November weather. The temperature was pushing 80° today, not what experience has led us to expect from mid-November in this part of the country. We're looking forward to the cold front promised for tomorrow.
Learned: Wanda at Dexter Avenue was a wealth of information. Among other things, we learned from her that the church still has 20 members who were part of the congregation when Dr. King was pastor. That includes the organist, still active, whom he hired in 1955.
She also told us about George Wallace visiting the church after he became disabled to apologize for his previous obstructionist efforts against African Americans. He spoke to the congregation: "I have learned what suffering means. In a way that was impossible [before the shooting], I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness." (Source of quote: Washington Post)
More Photos from Today
|SPECTRE'S ONLY FULL-TIME RESIDENTS KEEP THE GRASS TRIMMED.|
|SPECTRE'S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE CHIEF|
|DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT HANGING OUT AT JACKSON LAKE|
|CORMORANTS HAVE ARRIVED FOR THEIR WINTER AT JACKSON LAKE.|
|LOOKING LIKE A GHOST TOWN, SPECTRE'S NAME IS EERILY APPROPRIATE.|
|FAIR WARNING THOUGH IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO MOST VISITORS.|
|BURNING A FIRE WITH THIS CHIMNEY WOULD BE RISKY INDEED.|
|ARTIFICIAL TREES OFFERED A NICE FRAME FOR SPECTRE'S MAIN (AND ONLY) STREET.|
|THIS PULPIT HAS BEEN IN USE THROUGH DEXTER'S 139-YEAR HISTORY.|
|AFTERNOON SUN LENDS A WARM GLOW TO THE CAPITOL DOME.|