Between Birmingham and Montgomery is quirky Clanton, Alabama. Quirky in a mediocre sense. There was an attempt to create a reason to exit off I-65, but nothing truly exciting to grab onto.
Alabama has been a great experience – Mardi Gras in Mobile, the Civil Rights history in Montgomery, the bald eagles at Lake Guntersville State Park, and a fun Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge in Mobile. The Clanton area was just a convenient stop.
Clanton embraces peaches in a superficial way. The truly quirky city water tower shaped like a peach raised my expectations. There is Peach Park and Durbin Farms Market, however neither really sparked my interest. An orchard of peach trees would have been fun to see, but none to be found open to the public.
And then there is the most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.Randy Komisar, The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
Peach Park was closed for a private function, but I was not sufficiently impressed to make a return visit. Durbin Farms Market drew me in for more than a quick walk through to see a selection of fruits and vegetables, sorghum, honey and breads. There was also a restaurant at Durbin Foods Market, but I had already eaten, so I passed.
There was some creativity on display in a huge tree that had fallen. A unique chainsaw carving of travel trailers was roughly carved into a branch of the tree at YellowHammer RV park.
I found a place to fish, and caught a few bass. Felt great to be out fishing a couple different days in the warm sun.