Friday 27 March 2009

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Awake: 6:34am Temp 62 sleep 6+12 heavy rain all night again fortunately I slept well but Kathy did not overnight @ Montgomery, Alabama.

Kathy called the Hyundai Corp again & left a message.

In between the sheets of rain, I puddle jumped my way to the office & signed up for another (2) nights stay in this campground.

By late morning, the rain had subsided with patches of blue above, so we motored downtown to the visitor's center again. We watched the (20) min movie that we missed seeing on Wednesday relating to: what's to do & see in Montgomery & then we rode the trolley to the State Capitol (for $.10 cents each...we learned our lesson) where we joined a group of 4th graders for a tour of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors of the Capitol.

Our tour guide, a retired teacher, was a master @ handling the school children & pointing out decorative touches like the painting for the original Governor's Suite that creates an illusion that the room is paneled; this type of painting is called trompe l'oeil (French for "fool the eye"). And architectural building methods like the pair of (3) story spiral stairways that dominate the entrance hall & are cantilevered. The Rotunda with its stained glass skylight, dating back to 1906 & large murals depicting the history of Alabama is stunning. He fascinated all of us with his minute attention to detail

Our tour lasted an hr & was well received by the students, their teachers that assisted them &, of course, us. We were a little surprised to learn that the legislative branch of government is in a totally separate building as is the judicial branch. The old senate & house chambers are preserved in the Capitol mostly as historical references.

Next, with patches of sunshine showing through, we walked back to the visitor center where our Suzuki was parked & then explored the River Walk Amphitheater.

When returning to our motorhome, we realized.... still no return call from Hyundai.

Dinner: tuna steak smothered with garlic & balsamic vinegar, brown rice & a mixed salad.

Evening movie: "They Won't Believe Me" with Susan Hayward, Robert Young, Jane Greer, Rita Johnson, Tom Powers, Don Beddoe, etc. Fine James Cain-type melodrama about a philanderer who gets involved with (3) women, leading to tragedy (and a terrific twist ending). 1947. Kept Kathy awake & she was even partly surprised by the ending!

Lights out: 11:50pm

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