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Selma has announced a new Ghost Tour for October. The haunted "History Tour Getaway Package" will include accommodations at the historic St. James Hotel and two nights of Haunts; a Cahawba Spirits Investigation at Old Cahawba and ghost stories at Antebellum Sturdivant Hall. Also part of the package is a living history tour at the Old Live Oak Cemetery, where Selma’s citizens tell their stories. Visit www.selmaalabama.com.

Jump Like a Roo!

 

Can you jump like a 'roo? Test yourself against nature's standard with a visit to the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, GA. It's the perfect place to discover kangaroos from the land down under. Visit www.kangaroocenter.com

How Much Do You Tip?

Everyone knows that North Carolina boasts great golf courses and play. But Talamore (800-552-6292 or 910-692-5884 or www.talamoregolfresort.com) at Southern Pines, NC, offers something a bit quirky. Sometimes the resort uses unique caddies: llamas.

Why does my Luggage Tag say MCO? 

Orlando fields a rich aviation history. Built in 1928, Orlando’s Municipal Airport became the Orlando Army Air Base, one of the first training bases for World War II bomber pilots. A second airfield in Pine Castle opened in 1941. It became McCoy Air Force Base – now Orlando International Airport. So, the three-letter city code that travelers view on their airline bag tags is still MCO (for McCoy)!

Marching Ducks

Twice daily, John Philip Sousa’s "King Cotton March" plays at the Peabody Hotel (901-529-4000 or www.peabodymemphis.com), 149 Union Ave., Memphis, TN. A flock of five ducks marches into the lobby at 11 a.m. The Duck Master escorts them along the red carpets, to the lobby’s fountain.

They play and prune in the hotel lobby fountain until 5 p.m. when they march back out to return to their private quarters. The free attraction draws about 350 observers to each performance.

Why does my Luggage Tag say MCO? 

Orlando fields a rich aviation history. Built in 1928, Orlando’s Municipal Airport became the Orlando Army Air Base, one of the first training bases for World War II bomber pilots. A second airfield in Pine Castle opened in 1941. It became McCoy Air Force Base – now Orlando International Airport. So, the three-letter city code that travelers view on their airline bag tags is still MCO (for McCoy)!

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Quirky and Spooky Stuff
"The Pink Lady," Ghost of Grove Park

Haunted hotels are nothing new. Still, today's visitors increasingly enjoy seeking out places of suspected paranormal activity, whether it's fact or fiction.

Our quirky ghostly haunt of the month is the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Reportedly, a woman's spirit - named the Pink Lady, so named because of her attire and aura -- haunts the Fifth Floor. Those who have encountered her say she's playful.

Whether you believe the stories or not, come along with our North Carolina freelance writers, Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher as they uncover the mystery of the Pink Lady.
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MOOseum ...Plus Other Quirky AL Museums

Our freelance writer in Birmingham, AL, Lynn Grisard Fullman, has corraled a list of her favorites for Alabama's quirkiest activities and museums.

Yes, there's a MOOseum. Also, visitors might tour a museum dedicated to Alabama's coal-mining heritage. For something truly different, visit a museum that displays anatomical mannequins, designed to teach medical students about real-life diseases.

Or, you might check out the museum that's dedicated to artifacts of George and Martha Washington.
Let's look at the unusual Alabama museums travelers might explore this year.
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