Neither my husband or myself are from Los Angeles. He’s from Alabama and I am from Michigan, far from the glitz and glamour of fancy LA. We met, fell in love, married in New York City and lived there for many years. We loved the Big City lifestyle but knew it would be super hard to raise multiple kids there. After coming out to LA for career, we decided that we would call it home and start a family in sunny California.
We love the weather and landscape that Cali has to offer. There are so many staycations right in your back yard and I swear this state has endless options from beach days, hiking trails, skiing in Big Bear, sights in San Francisco, the list goes on and on!
Yet, we often find ourselves missing our hometowns. I miss the familiarity of Detroit. The feeling of always being at home. And although I didn’t grow up in Birmingham, I feel the same way in Alabama. From my first visit 10 years ago, I knew I was a country girl at heart. The perfect mix of simplicity and pride always reminded me of home.
Recently we were able to spend a week back in Alabama visiting family and friends. It was my first time visiting for that long in the summer and it was HOT. When we visit during the holidays, we never have time to do any sightseeing since we are usually just hanging with family and making the rounds. So this time we took a day and went exploring!
We checked out Vulcan, which is the largest cast iron statue in the world! It was gigantic! Normally you can ride an elevator to the top but on that day a rainstorm was coming so they closed it. Bummer!
We also checked out a nature trail (which of course meant tend to a few ouchies) and took a stroll downtown in Mountain Brook to find some treats and relax a bit.
Due to the heat, by the time we got home, I was exhausted. I’m still a country girl at heart but that southern summer heat is no joke…LOL!
It was an amazing trip! Of course, traveling with young ones can be a little challenging but it was so good for my girls! We love showing them how mommy and daddy grew up and sharing the love we have for our hometowns with them. They are still at an age where they kind of think we are cool. I am going to try and hold on to that for as long as I can!
Have you traveled anywhere fun this summer? What do you love about your hometown?
Pants on Big N: Zara
Shoes on Big N: Converse