Monday, June 13, 2011

Heading home to Texas

We left Tybee and headed for home through Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and I-40 home. 

Outside of Atlanta we decided to stop and see Stone Mountain.  It is the largest exposed dome of granite in North America and has a carving on it depicting Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.  Pretty awesome.

06-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0106-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0406-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0606-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 13Heading into Birmingham we stopped for a quick view of Talladega.  They were closed but we can say we have been there!06-08-11 Talledega 0206-08-11 Talledega 0306-08-11 Talledega 0506-08-11 Talledega 07  As we were making our way through/around Birmingham, in the rush hour traffic I might add, we stopped in a traffic jam.  Found out later it was a wreck.  I think we were in that traffic for about 45 minutes.  But as we sat we started noticing the trash and “neglected” houses with blue plastic on the roof and shredded trees.  Tornado!  We were driving by one of the paths of a tornado.  Our hearts just broke for these people all over again.  You just cannot imagine the devastation.  Oh, you hear about it and see it on TV, but in person it is so much more.

06-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0106-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0206-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0306-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0506-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0606-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0806-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1006-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1206-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1506-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1606-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1706-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 19After that we spent the night in the last two motel rooms in Jasper, AL.  All rooms were taken by either displaced residents or construction workers helping to clean up.

Our next quick stop was Mempis, TN, Beale St.  06-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0106-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0406-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0606-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0706-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0806-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1006-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1206-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1406-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1506-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1706-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1806-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1906-09-11 Memphis Beale St 20From here we went to Ft. Smith, AR to spend the night.  Actually we stayed in Alma.  I messaged a cousin there, Gary Hood, and he and his wife Judy came to the motel to visit.  Loved it.  DSC_1829

Then we went home, to Texas and our own beds!  With wonderful memories.

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Heading home to Texas

We left Tybee and headed for home through Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and I-40 home. 

Outside of Atlanta we decided to stop and see Stone Mountain.  It is the largest exposed dome of granite in North America and has a carving on it depicting Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.  Pretty awesome.

06-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0106-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0406-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 0606-08-11 Stone Mountain GA 13Heading into Birmingham we stopped for a quick view of Talladega.  They were closed but we can say we have been there!06-08-11 Talledega 0206-08-11 Talledega 0306-08-11 Talledega 0506-08-11 Talledega 07  As we were making our way through/around Birmingham, in the rush hour traffic I might add, we stopped in a traffic jam.  Found out later it was a wreck.  I think we were in that traffic for about 45 minutes.  But as we sat we started noticing the trash and “neglected” houses with blue plastic on the roof and shredded trees.  Tornado!  We were driving by one of the paths of a tornado.  Our hearts just broke for these people all over again.  You just cannot imagine the devastation.  Oh, you hear about it and see it on TV, but in person it is so much more.

06-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0106-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0206-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0306-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0506-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0606-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 0806-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1006-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1206-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1506-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1606-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 1706-08-11 tornado damage in Birmingham 19After that we spent the night in the last two motel rooms in Jasper, AL.  All rooms were taken by either displaced residents or construction workers helping to clean up.

Our next quick stop was Mempis, TN, Beale St.  06-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0106-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0406-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0606-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0706-09-11 Memphis Beale St 0806-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1006-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1206-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1406-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1506-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1706-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1806-09-11 Memphis Beale St 1906-09-11 Memphis Beale St 20From here we went to Ft. Smith, AR to spend the night.  Actually we stayed in Alma.  I messaged a cousin there, Gary Hood, and he and his wife Judy came to the motel to visit.  Loved it.  DSC_1829

Then we went home, to Texas and our own beds!  With wonderful memories.

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