|That's a lovely state slogan, don't you think?: The stars fall on Alabama. Two nights ago, I was thinking, "Yeah, right." But we had a beautiful drive, today. Fall is at its peak now, and we saw some peaceful country as we drove from Tuscaloosa to Fayette and on. In Fayette, we visited OC Sudduth, cousin to folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. He and another cousin, "Dorothy Girl" (that's what Jimmy called her) were getting an old metal wash tub and chair out of a garage to take to the Fayette Art Museum to add to the Jimmy collection. The museum is creating a kind of "Jimmy's workshop" with chairs, an old table, and Jimmy's 5 gallon buckets he used to mix his mud and syrup or cola to make his "paint". We helped OC take the tub and chair to the museum and we visited the museum with him while he told wonderful stories about Jimmy and growing up in the area. Then we took him to lunch - for bbq, of course! After that, he took us to Jimmy's grave where we said good-bye and headed northeast. We stopped for gas and saw that the station had crock pots full of boiled peanuts for sale. They let us have a sample. So my big question, after sampling boiled peanuts, is "why?" They must be an acquired taste - like oysters. We didn't buy any. We got a bit lost, as usual, but finally found Guntersville Lake State Park and set up camp in the dark. We try to avoid that, but we had such a great visit with OC - we stayed longer than we intended. And driving here was lots of state routes - very little interstate - so it was worth it. The funny thing about Alabama - each county varies in its laws about selling alcohol. On Sunday, we tried buying beer, but in that county, you can't buy alcohol on Sunday. In some counties you can - but after 1:00. And other counties are dry (no alcohol sales at all). But the stars fall here. And you can always buy boiled peanuts and cigarettes. Why aren't there more laws controlling cigarettes? Seems to me that makes more sense. Ah, the Puritans are alive and well. Maybe it's time to go home. Sigh...G'night, all.