As the sun rises over the forested wetlands of Dallas County, a group of camouflaged hunters leads dogs to a blind. From their perch, the shooters wait to spot passels of ducks or pheasants. The gunmen raise their rifles. They aim. Then they fire. Their feathered bounty falls from the sky.
Scenes such as this are business as usual during the autumn months at Central Alabama Fowl Preserve. There, staffers help outfit hunters with the amenities needed for a successful day, including a lodge equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, and a social area where groups can unwind. On the offseason, the preserve opens a skeet-shooting range to help clients keep their aim sharp.
Visiting wanderlusters can unwind in the inviting alcoves of seafarer William Hazard Northup's historic, charming home, which houses trinket-filled curios and rich wooden embellishments. Guest rooms come stocked with complimentary beverages and baked goods, and offer Wi-Fi access, cable television, and private baths suitable for naval reenactments. Revel in the house’s sparkling chandeliers, spotless hardwood floors, and rooms where turn-of-the-century leaders would gather. Visitors can also shake off morning doldrums with Pensacola Victorian's full breakfast, a marriage of heartiness and elegance reminiscent of a bygone era.
With a waiting room complete with toys, Chiropractic Works PC looks as much like a pediatric office as a chiropractic one. Doctors of Chiropractic Be Phetsinorath and Link Nguyen do indeed treat adults—but they have a special place in their office for kids. The duo treats patients young and old with chiropractic adjustments to correct chronic back pain or acupuncture for the common cold. They also offer laser therapy, which may relieve pain so patients can enjoy more freedom of movement. And because the staff speaks Laotian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese fluently, even clients who don’t speak English will feel at home.
A fully equipped marine laboratory, Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides marine science programs for students and visitors of all ages in an effort to propagate knowledge of marine science and help protect local ecosystems. Dedicated to education, it runs K–12 teacher education programs on the oceans and marine environments to help get these subjects into the classroom. Its summer college programs and graduate programs offer opportunities for further study in oceanography and coastal ecology. The Sea Lab also works to maintain coastal wetlands and resources, conducts research on the Mobile Bay watershed and shore waters, and maintains the Gulf of Mexico Science Journal.
In addition to its scientific work, the Sea Lab runs a public aquarium, the Estuarium, which depicts local marine habitats including the Gulf of Mexico, a drowned river valley, and a living salt marsh. These exhibits contain a variety of native plants and wildlife such as marsh grasses, recreations of cypress swamps, and an American alligator, and at the Estuarium, children can touch live fish.