Thanksgiving Roadtrip…Branson, Fayette, and Charleston!

I don’t think in all my years, I have made a road trip for Thanksgiving. In the past, I’ve enjoyed going to my mom’s or dad’s just minutes away, or I’ve even flown out of the country; but this year, we took a road trip from Denver to Charleston with a few stops along the way. It was fun!

We started out Saturday morning under less than ideal conditions…for the first hour the roads were iced over and part of the time we followed snow plows! Soon the sun came out, however, and we were on our way to Branson, MO. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Roadtrip…Branson, Fayette, and Charleston!”

noccalula falls park

Day 88 – Alabama’s Lookout Mountain Parkway

Day 88 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Scenic Places to Visit in Alabama

Noccalula Falls Park

I began the morning at Noccalula Falls Park in northeast Alabama.  Bobby, a park worker, was the only one at the 250 acre facility when I arrived.  A petting zoo and miniature golf course stood to the left of the entrance while a pioneer village, lit with Christmas lights, lured me to the right.  The winter attraction was clearly the replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride through the festive village, not the waterfall tumbling into Black Creek Gorge.  Legend has it that Noccalula Falls, once called Black Creek Falls, is named after the Cherokee princess who chose to leap to her death rather than marry a man she didn’t love.  Continue reading “Day 88 – Alabama’s Lookout Mountain Parkway”