Monday, April 20, 2009
A tour and some errands
After our cup of coffee in lovely Spring Park, we drove a couple of minutes to Ivy Green, the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller. Driving was much quicker (and easier) than our walk yesterday.
The tour was very educational. We learned about Helen, her family, and her teacher and lifetime companion, Anne Sullivan, known as the Miracle Worker. www.helenkellerbirthplace.org
Helen Keller wrote 14 books and lectured in more than 25 countries. In the backyard we saw the dozens of international gifts she received and the famous pump where she spoke her first word at age seven: “w-a-t-e-r”.
Next, we found a place in Tuscumbia AL to refill our propane tank for $1.89 a gallon. Not bad, compared to what we've had to pay for propane before.
After that we drove about 15 minutes to Florence AL. There we went to Walmart for some groceries and rented a couple of movies from RedBox.
Once in Florence, we found the Rosembaum House and went to their parking lot across the street to spend the night.
Today we tried an experiment. We have heard of engine cooking and decided to try it out, not to cook but to heat up our dinner. We have the frozen meals that Mar prepared during her last cooking marathon but we don't always have an easy or convenient way to heat them up.
We think we found a good solution. We wrapped up tonight's dinner tightly in foil and placed it under the hood while we drove. When we parked for the night, the food was nice and warm. It was so easy and the best part is that it doesn't require any additional fuel or energy. We will be trying this method again.