Travelling down south

With all the work that I’ve had to do lately, and all the help I’ve been giving my Mom, I haven’t had time to post about any travels or intersections in my life. That may not change for a while, but today I have a bit of time, and I just got back from some nice travel in the south.

My mom and I picked up last Friday, and had a planned vacation through Alabama, to visit her cousin Cindy. Cindy lives just outside of Mobile, and has a house close to the Mobile River.

Cindy and my Mom have always kept in great touch over the phone, but they rarely ever see each other. Mom likes to stay in her comfort zone in Arvada, and doesn’t really like to venture out of the state too much. That’s just who she is. She’s a homebody, which is great and bad for me. Great because I get to eat the home cooked food that she eats, which is downright delicious, but bad because like I’ve said earlier, I have to help her with all of her house jobs because she just doesn’t do very well with that stuff. Ever since she divorced my Dad, who basically took care of everything house related, she’s needed a ton of help. In all reality, I don’t mind giving the extra help she needs, but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming.

Cindy’s house is about a quarter mile away from the river, and although she has talked about moving before (because of flooding concerns), she has stayed in Mobile for about 25 years, ever since her and her husband Rick moved there from Tuscaloosa. It’s a beautiful area, the people are incredibly welcoming, and the southern drawl that Alabamans speak with gets me every time.

Since this was my first time to visit Cindy, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially since my Mom and her had so much catching up to do, but her daughter, Erica, who lives in Montgomery, came down to visit while we were there. I hadn’t seen Erica in about 12 years, since a family reunion that she came to (we normally have them once every two years, but that was the last one she came to), so I actually had someone to hang out with while Mom and Cindy were sitting on the back porch sipping on moscow mules.

Here’s a pic of Erica by the Mobile River

We took a nice long walk yesterday down the mobile riverbank until we got all the way to Mobile Bay, which is quite a sight in some spots. Since I live in a landlocked state, and I don’t get to see the ocean very much, Erica took me on a little tour of the bay after we got back from walking so I could see some cool stuff. We stopped at a cool little restaurant, and had some fried frog legs (my first time doing that), and continued walking around until it was almost dark, and Mom and Cindy were expecting us home for dinner.

As the trip winded down, Mom and I had some good time that we spent together along with Cindy and Erica, but I’m very grateful of the time that I could spend travelling with Mom as it rarely happens. I see a ton of her at her house, and we go to restaurants around her neighborhood, but we rarely take time to do what we just did travelling south. When we got back, we both said that we needed to do that more often, so I guess we’ll see if it happens!