Last week, in lieu of an official spring break, our whole family went on a field trip to nearby Bull Skull Hollow. We had considered a road trip to a botanical garden about an hour away, but when we saw this event on the Fresh Air Family website, we decided that we couldn’t beat this deal–close by and FREE! Although the walk hike was a little more than we expected (neither Steady Eddie nor I believed the outing could really last until 5 p.m., as the website indicated), I consider this locale a hidden gem of northwest Alabama and the Tennessee River valley.
You can read the history of Bull Skull Hollow on the website, so rather than give you all the details, I’ll just share my pictures.
You can read more about the village here on the website. We really enjoyed walking around the village and enjoying all the antiques Mr. Hicks collected to share with the community.
Our hike mostly followed a creek, and it was rocky and hilly and just a little bit strenuous.
It was a lovely day. Our guide was an amateur botanist, the perfect mixture of knowledge and humility; he would encourage anyone to correct him if he mis-identified any of the specimens we saw, yet he rarely came across anything he couldn’t at least guess at. The girls made friends of most of our fellow hikers; at one point, they were holding hands with one of the ladies on the trip, a spry great-grandmother who loves wildflowers and nature, telling her all their secrets. It was such a good day–days like this are ones that make me love homeschooling. Huge thanks go out to Steady Eddie for this day, too. He took off work, not knowing that he would spend the day carrying the DLM in a pack and in his arms. The hike lasted lasted over three hours, and did I mention that it was somewhat strenuous, with lots of loose rocks, holes, mud, and hills? Steady Eddie is my hero. 🙂
I’m tagging this post Alabama field trips, northwest Alabama field trips, and Tennessee Valley field trips, in hopes that I can blog more about some of the fun places we go around our state and region. Alabama really is a beautiful state!