Sunday, February 9, 2014

Boggs and Boulders, Red Chair and Sweet Gum Bottom

What a combination...a red chair, Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast and Boggs and Boulders. What could these possibly have in common? FUN and a lot of it. Red wanted to share, in detail, his experience mud riding with Ms. Laura, Bruce (photographer) and Ashley (our host).


This is so cool. Ms. Ashley picked us up in this cool machine and we are off and running... the first place we stopped at was the "Volcano". Doesn't look steep, but it is! When you make it to the top there is a mud pit with a track around it. Looks hazardous to me! Didn't try it!




Now this is fantastic! It is a spring fed swimming hole. In south Alabama they swing from a rope and fly off in the water. I thought I would try this one. I was all harnessed in and ready to go...

 
One...two...threeeeeee
 
 
BRRRRRR it's gonna be cold!!!!!

 
Whew, after that I wanted to cruise for a while. Ashley took us riding on some of the beautiful trails. Time would not allow for us to go on a lot of them. She said that you could spend a whole weekend and not have time to go down every trail there. And I believe it, it is a huge place!
 
 
At one stop we were able to go inside a cave. Now who would have thought that in South Alabama?
 




 
That was fantastic! It has a hole in the top that lets light shine down. You've got to see this!
Next we went by a lot of lakes and creeks that you can ride in, if so inclined. That's for the ruff and tuff! And those who don't mind a little (lot) of mud. Orange is just not my color... But one lake has special meaning to it. Get Mr. Joel to tell you about it. Hint...read the sign.
 
 
On one of the trails we came up on these beauties. I don't think they have ever seen a red chair like me and to be truthful, I have never seen anything like them! lol Only in Alabama I suppose?
 

 
Well, this is getting long so You will have to come to Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast to check out the rest of the photos of my trip to the south. Please go check out Boggs and Boulders, too. It is a fantastic place to have fun! Thanks Mr. Joel, Ms. Ashley, Ms. Laura and Mr. Bruce for showing me such a good time!



Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers
Bruce Fizzell Photography

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Red Chair Travels to Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast

Man it feels good to be in South Alabama and at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast! With all the traveling I have done, this is a wonderful place to just slow down and relax! So when I get settled in my room...that is what I am going to do! I hear we have a big day planned for tomorrow!


Well, after having a wonderful breakfast with the other guests, Laura (innkeeper) shared with me the plans for the day...


We started out with a trip to the beautiful Gantt Lake. There is something about water that is so relaxing. These are a few shots she took of me while I was enjoying the view... She told me there are over 21 miles of natural shoreline. Wow, it is beautiful!




We left the lake (sad, sad) and was driving down the road and I caught a glimpse of this old building. We turned around so I could get a better look. Such a classic!




Driving down the country roads the fields were so pretty. Big, wide open fields. Again, I could not resist... this is me in a pecan grove. I know this area is really pretty in the summer. If I had a hammock a n d... ok, I'm back from my day dream.lol



Back in town we headed for the museum. I was fascinated with the old buildings. This is an old filling station and the post office. I was kicked back. Do I look like an old man sitting on the porch?


That was our adventure for the first day. We went back to the B&B where Ricky and Laura showed me around their inn, chapel and reception center. If I could find me a man, I'd sure get married here! Well sir, I believe I have found me one! :) I think I will tie the knot at Sweet Gum Bottom!



I am calling it a day for today! Lot of action and besides, I am on my honeymoon starting now! :)

Good morning Sunshine we are off on another exciting adventure. We are going to Boggs and Boulders! This is going to be fun! It is over 1000 acres of dirt trails for atvs, jeeps and just about any off road vehicle. I wonder if a chair counts? hum? I think so! Here we are looking at the volcano, not doing that!


 NOT doing this either! Get me down from here! I'm going to look at the cave. Very cool!


Wheeeee, this is fun!


I am worn out! This was so much fun. I am coming back here! Now, one more stop for the day. They say that this old jail in Andalusia is haunted. The ghostbusters have even been here and documented it. So, off we go to jail. Laura and I walked up the steps (can you say creepy) and peered in the window. That was enough for ME. I'm getting out of here... run!


I'll look from here! No closer, please.


We are calling it a day! And what a fun day it was.
 
 

Wish I had a few more days to hang around, though. This is a cute little town and it has a true gem in Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast. Nice, friendly innkeepers and beautiful place. Hope to return one day!

Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers
You can read more details of my visit to Sweet Gum Bottom on our blog. http://blog.sweetgumbottom.com/
Photography by Bruce Fizzell Photography
http://www.brucefizzellphoto.com/
Thanks Bruce for taking my picture,
Red~

Monday, February 3, 2014

Red Chair Travels: Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast - Part 1

This is part 1 of the Red Chair Travels adventure to Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast.

      After Red's arrival, we chatted for a while and was soon ready to turn in for the night. Had a big day ahead of us!

      Our first adventure was to the historic Covington County Jail. The jail was mostly used from 1900-1949 and closed in the 1970's. The jail housed inmates from one nighters to the most seasoned criminals. One of Andalusia's most famous over-nighters was Hank Williams Sr. He was brought into the Covington County Jail on a drunk and disorderly charge. According to local historians, he was playing a New Years eve party at a local establishment.

           The Covington County Jail in Andalusia, Alabama offered the Alabama Paranormal Research Team a little more then they bargained for. The team traveled to Andalusia at the request of local historians and the Andalusia Police Department, who wanted better insight on how and what REAL ghost hunters do. The jail proved to be tougher than expected! You can read the entire article at  http://www.alabamaghosthunters.com/CovingtonCountyJail.html

      Well after Red heard about this, we had to show it to her. So here is what we captured...
She wanted to take a look from the fire escape first. She was very hesitant!

 
 
When she got up the nerve we walked up the white steps that are enclosed with red bricks. I have to say...I had never been this close to the jail myself. It was a little creepy to me, too! We both peered in the front window and all of a sudden I looked and she was GONE! She could not get out of there quick enough!
 
 
 
 Around that corner she went! It was so funny!

 
 Once we gathered our composure (her scared and me laughing), we tried to talk her into visiting the Cemetery next door. It is suppose to be haunted as well. She was not having any part of that! We did get her to pose in front of it for a picture, though!

 
 
Well...that was the first adventure and it was all fun from here on out! Stay tuned for part 2... The Red Chair Travels to....?

 


Ricky and Laura Oswald Innkeepers