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.
6 thoughts on “Decatur, Alabama”
Way too civilized….
Love all the pictures! Denny you haven’t updated your location on the Marine Traffic site?? Last update was 9/26/19…I look every day. We can’t wait to see the next sunset location. Stay safe! Barbara
Stay safe both of you Ken
Boy, you have met a lot of friends! That was very interesting about the Bank and all the history surrounding it! Sorry you got bit, glad it wasn’t bees!! Take care coming home, hope all is well! 😘
Interesting. Decatur Indiana is near where I grew up…and I know of Decatur Illinois.
I’m so glad the South is giving you a better Welcome then further up North🤗. Hope it continues as you head down the river.
On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 2:13 PM Dream Seeker 2019 wrote:
> Dreamseeker14 posted: “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, Flo” >
Thank god for allergy shots! I remember the story you related about driving yourself to the hospital in anafalactic shock due to a fire ant bite. I think waiting for an Uber on the dock may not be a fun story 😊