There's an RV park in Birmingham near the Hoover Met ballpark where we stay when we visit. There's not much too it -- just an asphalt parking lot that's well lit and reasonably priced. But it works for us and we stopped here this fall to visit Wayne's Aunt Helen and cousin, Lynn.
Wayne's is a split family -- part Alabama and part Auburn alumnus and of course, Wayne is of the latter group.
It's okay, we love our 'Bama family too.
Everybody can't be for Auburn after all.
It's called Capers on Park Avenue.
Aunt Helen went with us to lunch there and we had a wonderful afternoon eating and socializing.
As luck would have it, a bit of drizzling rain brought cool temperatures into the area and it felt a bit like autumn.
Both Lynn and Jay are chefs and their business is known as "Capers Comfort Foods". In addition to serving lunch Tuesday through Sunday at the school lunchroom, Capers is a catering business.
Bluff Park School has designated this large room as a separate private meeting and luncheon area.
|My lunch was whitefish, spinach casserole and mac n cheese.|
Very good. I cleaned my plate.
|Entrance to Soon-Bok Art Gallery|
A few of the artists rooms were open and I slipped quietly inside to look around. These are some of my favorites. They are by an artist named Rik Lazenby. His work is not cheap but it is beautiful and unique.
|Rik Lazenby workroom|
It had been several years since either Wayne or I had toured the famous Birmingham Iron Man, Vulcan. He is the original god of fire and metals. One afternoon we took the dogs out for an afternoon and found ourselves in this nice old park. It's been renovated a few times.
|No, it's not McDonald's Vulcan Park. That's just a restaurant in the background.|
I didn't take time to remove the red roof and logo from my photo.
In 1871 (after the Civil War), Birmingham was founded on land of coal, iron ore and limestone. It didn't take long for the city's founders to realize the area would become an industrial city. Less than 30 years later, Birmingham would become known as the "Magic City" because of it's rapid growth.
City leaders wanted to Birmingham and the state of Alabama to be recognized at the 1905 World's Fair and after much deliberation, decided on a statue of the great Vulcan to best represent the rich southern city. An Italian immigrant sculptor, Giuseppe Moretti, was selected to create the Vulcan statue.