Recently I had the chance to visit some of my relatives in Alabama, and I decided to jump at the opportunity. I’ve been meaning to go for a long time, not necessarily because I haven’t had the chance to visit them, and I definitely miss them, but because I knew that it would mean that I would have a chance to visit Huntsville.
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of growing up in Huntsville, and going hiking through the hills behind my Aunt Sally’s house. The city is beautiful, like something out of a dream, and it would be the perfect opportunity for me to get some outdoors-ish photos, while also taking in the nostalgic atmosphere. So on Sunday, I packed my bags, boarded and took the flight that I had arranged about a month ago(if you book ahead of time it is cheaper).
Once I got to Huntsville, I was quickly reminded as to why I love this place. The people here are so friendly, and they all act like they’ve known you for forever. My first stop was a diner, that I use to go to on visits to my aunt. I can’t believe this place is still standing, “Charlie’s Cheeseburgers”, which has been around for at least 50 years now. They are famous for their cheeseburgers, which are made out of part pork, part beef, and part turkey. I myself have never quite taken to them myself, and prefer the fries. As I left the diner to meet up with my cousins, I seen a peculiar thing, which immediately caught my eye, somebody had just had a wedding! As I got closer to the wedding party, which was walking across Jackson street, I realized that this was no ordinary wedding. The men were all wearing multi-colored forest like tuxedoes, and the women were wearing camo dresses!
I didn’t want to disturb the wedding party itself, but there were a few stragglers who attended the wedding walking close behind the wedding party, and I got a chance to chat with them. Apparently, the groom Mike, and bride Angela, both were in the Marines, so they had a “camouflage wedding”. I would have loved to have been the one taking photos for this. Some of the neat camo themed accessories at this wedding included chairs, wine glasses, netting which helped create a type of overhang, and the most interesting of them all, camo wedding rings.
After a few more minutes of chatting(which everyone here loves to do), I let them know who I was and that I was going to be in Hunstville for a while, and then was on my way to Aunt Sally’s house. Aunt Sally, who married into the family, lives on a farm about 30 minutes outside of town. It is not the most luxurious of places, but it is very homey, and has a lively, lived in feel. Once I arrived, it was going on 10 o’clock at night. I had actually forgotten that everyone in the house normally goes to bed at around 9 o’clock, but she had waited up for me. I was so happy to see her! After a few minutes of simple pleasantries, I went up to the old spare bedroom that I use to stay in, and went to sleep.