Romeo & Juliet.
Jack & Rose.
Bonnie & Clyde.
It's a tale as old as time.
There are just some lovers
who, sadly, have relationships doomed by outside forces.
And here we have another unlucky couple to add to the list:
Princess Noccalula and her young warrior beau.
Noccalula was the daughter of a Cherokee Chief in the wilderness of Northeastern Alabama.
Despite her love for a handsome warrior, who belonged to her own tribe,
her father instead arranged for her to marry a Creek Indian Chief....
simply because he offered more bounty for her hand.
Noccalula's dad had her lover banished from the tribe,
and she was forced to ready herself for marrying a man she didn't love.
On the day of the wedding, she dressed herself in the traditional attire,
attended the marriage feast, and sat in on the merrymaking.
But at some point during the day,
she slipped away and wandered through the forest.
She eventually came to a beautiful waterfall
that sat near her tribal home.
Rather than facing a lifetime in a loveless marriage,
she decided to jump to her death.
Her father was so overcome with grief,
he named the falls in memory of his daughter.
This is Noccalula Falls.
And although the star-crossed love stuff is the pits,
there is no denying that there is something very special about this
gorgeous spot in North Alabama,
where the rushing falls cascade more than 90 feet,
down down down,
over the ledge of Lookout Mountain and into a lush ravine.
Hudson had the most wonderful time,
due to the fact that a very cute, red choo-choo chugs along
through the park, carrying happy passengers from
one stop to another.
He's also VERY into animals,
But his new thing is this:
when he sees an animal,
he always says "AwwwWWWW!"
We heard a lot of:
"AwwWWW! A little goat, Mama!"
"AwwWWWW look at that sweet kitty cat, Daddy! AwwwWwWWW!".
It's so precious.
Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time at the petting zoo section,
acquainting ourselves with an abundance of aww-worthy animals.
I loved the sassy little deer that lived in a little farm habitat with roosters, llamas and goats.
She ate apples, licked Hudson's hand,
and even charged at a billy goat that was a bit
too close for her comfort.
Then, outside the barn, Hudson found a "kitty cat".
He is quite in awe of feline friends...
he loves to "pat" them,
and even pretends to be a cat sometimes.
This friendly little Calico kitty really made Hudson's day.
The waterfall and it's accompanying tale of thwarted love?
He'll take it or leave it.
But a cat?
Now that's exciting.