In Alabama, we went to Tuskegee.
One of the purposes of our big Adventure 2014 was to go to places we have never been to before. We particularly like national parks and monuments. Tuskegee held a natural attraction to us: it has history and a national park. So, as we departed Atlanta, GA, we headed southwest toward.
Tuskegee National Forest
On one of our apps for our smart phone, we have a list of campgrounds. Just outside of Tuskegee, AL, there is a national forest called “Tuskegee National Forest”; go figure. On the app it seems to show several campsites. In reality, they are dispersed campsites. After wandering around and not finding a “campground”, we found the ranger station instead. The ranger, who was on his day off, generously told us about dispersed camping in the forest and checked us in. You don’t have to check in to dispersed camp in national forests but it helps in case there is an emergency.
With Robert at the wheel and Peggy at the map, we found our campsite in the long needle pine woods. We had a lovely evening. Here are some “gee whiz” notes about Tuskegee National Forest.
- Smallest National Forest in the US
- One of a few national forests that are fully contained in one county (Macon County, AL)
- Designated a national forest during the Eisenhower administration
- The long needle pine is the dominant tree. Other trees include oak
Also, there is a very friendly butterfly that landed on Robert’s leg for rest and relaxation. They became buddies.
The next morning, after a leisurely breakfast of oatmeal, we headed down the road to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
- On Moton Airfield outside of Tuskegee, AL
- Two Hangars, one original the other reconstructed
- Interesting civil rights and military history
- Lovely park grounds; it is a national park
- Robert grew up in an Air Force family and has always been fascinated by aviators and interested in the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Robert’s father was also a P-51 fighter pilot in WWII and had great respect for the Tuskegee pilots.
- We played golf once with General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. in the 1980s out at Andrews Air Force Base. General Davis was one of the first Tuskegee pilots and eventually commanded the airmen. We were always impressed by his bearing and demeanor.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (visited two days prior) complimented each other. Both museums told a powerful story of key events in our American history. The visits were memorable.
After spending a few hours at the historic site, we drove down the highway, just west of Montgomery AL to Gunter Hill State Park. Please stay tuned.