I drove south into Alabama on Interstate 65. I had never been into the Cotton State before and as I was heading down the highway off in the distance I could see a tall white object standing near the roadside. As I got closer I could make out that it was a rocket and it had stabilizing ropes coming off the top. At first I thought it was an inflatable rocket like the Santas with inflated with the fans that you see during the holidays.
As I passed the sign for the upcoming rest area I got close enough to see how tall the rocket was and then I knew it was a real rocket. It did not surprise me since Huntsville and NASA was close by. It was a treat to stop at the rest area and get a close up view of a Saturn IB rocket. The 224 foot tall rocket has been on display at the Alabama rest area and welcome center since 1979.
I love large mechanical things and I had to check out the historic rocket. I thought it was strange or maybe sad that I was the only one that walked over to it and admired it from close up. The parking lot was full of vehicles and travelers using the restrooms. Nobody seemed interested in the historic rocket. Maybe they were from around that part of the country and had seen it several times before or maybe it just did not interest them. To each their own I guess. I thought it was a magnificent thing to see and for Alabama to be proud of. If you are ever traveling thru Alabama I hope you will stop and check out the old rocket for yourself.
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