Dream Seeker entered the colorful tree lined harbor at Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama and docked next to Onward. Guy and Vickie are accomplishing the dual tasks of working from their boat while traveling the Loop. We will meet them again in Stuart, Florida where they intend to sell this boat and buy a bigger one. We were also greeted by our Harbor Host, Bill who shared lots of local knowledge with us.
An appealing town dock awaited us in Decatur, Alabama. We tied up and decided to walk to town towards the historic district. Decatur known as the River City is a major transportation hub of the southeast.
Carefully picking our way through soft soil, trash, mosquitoes, hills of fire ants, and threatened by an angry, barking pit bull, we trudged on. Fortunately I was only bitten by the fire ants. Seven years of vaccines kept that from becoming a disaster. The first stop in the historic district was the Old State Bank.
His southern accent dripping with honey, a local judge touted many stories of life in this town now and in its’ torrid past, as he guided us through the Old State Bank. A stately home built above the bank comfortably housed the bank president and his family. The rooms were furnished with period pieces worthy of the wealth it represented.
According to our guide, because of the actions of Stephen Decatur, a revolutionary War naval Captain, it was decreed that every state in the union have a town called Decatur. According to Wickapedia only ten states have a town called Decatur. It is a puzzlement?
Perused a few antique shops and made our way back to the boats on a different path. Drinks on the dock watching the sunset.