We drove straight down to the Alabama line and stopped at the Welcome Center for a picnic lunch. Una and I had been there twice before together when we went for the Mother-Daughter retreats, but this was a first for the boys.
We spotted this well-camouflaged moth there.
Since there was no rush to get to Casa Maria and the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word, we had decided to make a stop at the Birmingham Zoo. It was a good thing we got there when we did, as after about four and a half hours of driving, Gemma was no longer her pleasant self.
The zoo gave me an opportunity to try out my new Ergo! I love it...an hour and a half of sprinting around the zoo (the zoo was closing at 5) with a 20-odd pound baby on my back, and at the end of it my back felt just fine!
I won't bore you with zoo photos, as you all have your own, I'm sure. But there are a few I can't resist posting:
Part two of our adventure coming shortly...