A good break from the coming craze was my family's deciding to take a random day trip this past Sunday. My parent's wanted to take all of us to Cathedral Caverns, a "historical" Alabama state park. Caverns are cool and all at first, but after about 2 hours of the same rock formations, they really begin to lose their charm. A regular tour group averages about 10-30 people, but somehow my family got stuck with a group that had to been 150+, filled mostly with the brattiest of children and redneck-iest of parents. Something is off when you show up in J.Crew and diamonds and the family next to you has strapped on their fanny packs and visors speaking in the heaviest of southern accents.
1. Mom spitting her gum into the cavernous abyss in front of everyone, as if it was no big deal.
2. Discovering that some of the "rocks" were actually painted styrofoam or paper mache...Seriously, Alabama Parks Department?!
3. My sister Natalie deliberately breaking the "do not touch the rocks" rule by pushing a large rock into a pool of water on my family's escape from the hellish tour group, and then watching my three siblings run away from the scene.
4. Leaving the cavern.
*Bonus highlight: Mom's socks.
After a trip to the desolate wasteland that is Boaz outlet malls, we ate a tasty dinner in nearby Guntersville and called it a day. As with every family adventure, we were all incredibly ornery/exhausted by the end of the day. And if you care, here are some photos of the trip.
I love my family and all of our many misadventures. I do hope you enjoy spending time with your family as much as I enjoy spending time with mine. It was a nice "last hoorah" before the real reality of housing leases, class schedules, and packing set in. I'm really trying to enjoy my final days here in Huntsville instead of complain about them like I've been doing all summer. I've been told that life is a little better when practicing the difficult art of optimism, so I'll be sure to give it a shot.