Sunday Side Trip

Sunday Side Trip

We had an afternoon date with a dear friend in Vestavia (suburb of Birmingham) on Sunday. We had a very pleasant lunch: I made a tomato pie. YUM!, and a great chat: several weeks of life experiences to catch up on!,  and then we watched the movie “Monuments Men”: great movie based on a true story from 1944.

Right about the time we were suppose to leave, a thunder storm blew up and we had to wait it out, so it was 6:30 or 7 pm before we left. On the way to our date earlier, I had asked Mr. Menace about a house I saw up on the mountain, so as we were leaving he asked if I wanted to ride up the mountain and see it. The rain had stopped and I’m always up for a scenic drive.

We didn’t actually locate the house that I had seen. But, we stopped at Lover’s Leap to take in this view:

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Lover’s Leap, Vestavia, Alabama

Lover’s Leap takes it name from an Indian Legend in which an Indian Brave stabs his Indian Princess and then, filled with remorse, jumps over the edge with her body in his arms.

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Mr. Menace is a poetry buff and he recited to me the poem etched in the rock here. Colonel Thomas W. Farrar carved these lines from Lord Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgramage”, in 1827, while he and his wife camped here on their journeys.

To sit on the rocks, to muse ore flood and fell,

to slowly chase the forest’s shady scene,

where things that own not man’s dominion dwell,

and mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been.

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Alabama

Alabama

A little more investigation reveals that the original rock carving was removed from this area in 1930 and this one is a replica. The original was given to the Masonic Lodge in Elyton, AL. I think another Sunday afternoon drive is in order!

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Alabama

Path leading to rock carving.

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21 comments

    • gwingal says:

      There are really some extraordinary sights to be seen here, Amanda! I do hope you get to come. If you need a list of places to visit, let me know. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      I have heard of a lot of Lover’s Leaps but never been to any before! Thanks for visiting Alabama’s along with me Carol! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      I have never really done any sight seeing in SC, Maria. I am from NC originally so I have driven I-95 a lot. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      It was fun to get online and investigate the story further. And I do hope to take that ride to Elyton to search for the original rock soon. Thanks for visiting Patrick. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Oh I do too Brenda! Although, I am lucky because my husband has lived here all his life and knows a lot of cool places to see. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  1. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    We were just in Alabama last month, in Prattville visiting my sister in law. We love going to all the historical locations. This time we went to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, it was so awesome!! Thanks for linking up with us at Waste Not Wedneday link party!

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