My car was hit by a rocket this morning! Okay - it was a smallish rocket and it didn't do any damage but seriously...how cool is that! We're sitting here at the US Space and Rocket centre, right next to a huge model of the space shuttle. There's even a space camp for kids - who get to shoot off little plastic rockets that bounce off total strangers' cars.
We drove through more rain yesterday to arrive at Huntsville, Alabama. This morning, we took ourselves off to Cullman, home of the Ave Maria Grotto on Saint Bernard Road (or, as the GPS informs us, the "Avenue Maria Grotto, on Street Bernard Road). You gotta love the people who program these things. This is a spectacular little park, with dozens of replicas of famous church-y type things including a small scale model of Jerusalem. There are also lots of little fairy castles and troll houses. I guess I missed that part in catechism class. I kinda nodded off after all the begats. If I'd known there were trolls, I might have paid more attention!
The rest of the day was spent lazily driving through downtown Huntsville, which was absolutely deserted. I don't think we saw more than 4 or 5 cars and never did see a pedestrian. We went to the Constitution Village museum which was open but featured only a bunch of empty buildings. Not exactly inspiring stuff, so we had an iced cappuccino and left. We then drove around on nearly deserted 4-lane freeways and almost empty mall parking lots. It gives you a funny feeling.... like you're in one of those sci-fi movies where the city is deserted but then you find out that everyone lives underground and they are all transparent Cyclops with bad attitudes and a taste for human flesh.
We leave for Mississippi tomorrow...unless the one-eyed albino cannibals get us.