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Pell City History Walking Tour Susan Cook

Exploring the Historic Heart of Pell City

I used to think, “If you’ve seen one old Alabama town, you’ve seen them all.” How wrong I was. It’s easy to breeze through the wide thoroughfare of Cogswell Avenue in Pell City, noting this historic town as simply the “Gateway to Logan Martin.” But Pell City is living proof that every town has a story to tell.

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Leap of Faith Umbrella Jumping

A Leap of Faith

When I was 7, I jumped off the roof of my house with an opened umbrella, convinced I would fly. I didn’t. The ground rushed up, and I crash-landed in a heap, looking like a small, crumpled Mary Poppins peeping out of the bushes. I learned two things that day: 

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osprey bird nature quote

Watching the Eyes of an Osprey

It’s when I saw the osprey that everything went truly silent. Perched in solemn stillness on the tip of a blunted branch, the fish-hawk calmly gazed towards the water, looking like a wise old fisherman mentally preparing for the day. 

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Lakeshore Lakeside Living Heron Egret Nature

Lakeside Living

Lakeside living. The phrase takes on new meaning each year. To see the world one animal at a time is to find comfort in the quiet of the lakeshore.

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Summer Memories Honeysuckle Susan Cook

Summer Memories

I remember the first time I tasted honeysuckle—looking at the golden flower, it offered the tiniest drop of sweetness that tasted like summer on my tongue.

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