Madeline and I are once again proud great grandparents. Our grandson, Eric, and his wife, Summer, were blessed today with their second child, a girl. Abigail Lee was born today at 1 PM in Texas. She is 19 1/2 inches long and came in at a healthy 7 pounds and 7 ounces. She has a big brother, Ethan almost 3 yrs old, waiting to watch after her. We can hardly wait to see her. A trip to Texas is on our mind.....
Our grandson Adam won the Jefferson County Spelling Bee, for the second time, today. It went 27 rounds and I'm sure they must have all been exhausted at the end. He will now compete in the State Spelling Bee next month. Great job Adam. We are so proud of you.
This 100-foot natural wonder waterfall, located in Gadsden, Alabama, is named for Noccalula, a young Cherokee maiden who plunged to her untimely death rather than forsake her true love. She is memorialized by a statue and the engraved story of her fate. The above picture is a more normal flow than the ones below after about 8 inches of rain in 2 or 3 days. During the dry months it slows to a trickle so we made a special trip today to see what a big rain would do with it.
The above is a brass plaque telling the story of Noccalula, the Cherokee maiden.
This is a statue of her. Notice the rainbow behind her. The air was full of mist coming from the falls.
The rainbows constantly moved around as the water plunged over the falls. The mist reminded me of what we experienced at Niagara Falls.
The flow was quiet a bit more a day or two ago or so a park worker told us
A double rainbow
There is a huge cavity under the falls
This train runs all through the park when it's operating.
This is a downstream view.
The water was too swift for the ducks so they are taking a break.
This is a footbridge over the creek. They had access blocked because of the danger.
This duck stood out from the rest. Probably an alien.
Top edge of the falls.
The City is building this Chapel for weddings. It will be ready to rent soon.
This is the park's new entrance. The park will reopen in March I believe.
Christmas decorations have been put away and Madeline has hung the new calenders. I hope the new year keeps us all Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. Well at least Healthy andWise. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.... May 2009 be the best yet. Karl