Mississippi Day Seven. A Walk Before The Rain On The Campus Of The University Of South Alabama
Before my recent visit to Mississippi and Alabama I never heard of the University of South Alabama. I chose the Holiday Inn Express hotel where I was staying in on my last night in the Deep South since it was close to the Mobile Botanical Gardens which I planned to visit. Unfortunately the Botanical Gardens were closed until Wednesday. So my plans changed , I learned my hotel was also right across form the campus of the University of South Alabama when I arrived on Monday evening.
So early Tuesday morning, after my coffee, I left my hotel to explore the campus. I always love visiting the campuses of colleges and universities on my travels. My flight wasn’t until 2;30 p.m. so I had time but there was another problem, there was rain in the forecast. I decided to take a chance and left my hotel with my camera around 7:30 a.m. The campus was just across busy old Shell Street which I crossed, with some difficulty in the early morning traffic.
I am not sure why but there were almost no students walking around the campus. I saw mainly gardeners and maintenance men on my five mile hike. There were still many flowers blooming on the well maintained landscapes of the campus.
Since my visit I have learned the University of South Alabama is somewhat new, having been created in 1964. It is a well known research university with a medical school. I continued my hike around campus, constantly checking the forecast to see if the rain was coming.
After crossing the lake the trail continued to the far side of the lake, where I heard the chattering of belted kingfishers. This part of the lake looked like an excellent area to see snakes and alligators in warmer weather. I hope to return and see them.
The well maintained trail then continued into a pine forest. It looked like, on a nicer day, to be a great place to see some birds and wildlife. I wanted to continue to explore but, I was already out 2 1/2 miles and the rain was expected within the hour. So, reluctantly I made my way back to the hotel.
On the way back to the hotel I walked past the Via Emilia Italian restaurant. This is the restaurant I wanted to eat at the previous evening. I waked in the pouring rain to get there. It looked and smelled amazing but there were no tables available all evening, a good sign as to the food they serve. I hope to eat here on my next visit. It was now around 9:30 a.m. I had breakfast at the hotel, showered packed and left for the airport around noon. I was early and was the only one to walk through security. What a great way to end my wonderful trip to Mississippi and Alabama. I hope to return soon. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my morning walk on the University of South Alabama campus. Mississippi Day Seven. Morning University hike December 7 2021.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”