Color coordinated counties and a pass on the seats


By Vicki Scott

This article might get me in trouble.

We were in the Glencoe area last week because my husband Alan and I made plans at the beginning of the year to visit each county of the state of Alabama together in the year 2024. We had no plans for that particular day, so in a rash decision, we just got in our vehicle and drove.

We wound up blowing through six counties that day – Coosa, Talladega, Calhoun, Etowah, Cleburne and Clay. When we returned home, I colored those counties on a copy of a map to go with the colored ones indicating what counties we had already traveled through. It looks like we will have to make a special trip to Randolph County, as the counties around it has been all colored in.

Our longtime friends re-commended that we visit each county seat. After copying another map that had the county seats labeled, I realized that we are having a hard enough time catching a corner of some counties, much less the seat, so we  reverted to our previous plans of hitting each county and spend additional time searching for its seat.

Several friends and family had other suggestions for our trips, including but not limited to each of us keeping separate accounts on separate maps or using the same map but use my color as yellow and Alan’s color as blue making green when we both color the county in. I decided to keep it simple by keeping the rule that both of us had to hit the counties together.

We were excited when we returned to our lake house to meet with our children and their families who were staying for the weekend. As with our lives nowadays, everything was short notice, but it is amazing how exciting visiting each county is. I could not stop talking about it and showing off our map. The excitement lasted about five minutes while our children tried to be cordial and grandchildren were looking for candy.

Hopefully, my people in Glencoe will not be upset with us for not stopping in and visiting. I miss everyone very much and I did not want a fly-in, fly-out visit. We plan to come back after we get our taxes done for a chance to spend a little more time in the area.

Until next time, y’all!

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