Plank Story: Matt’s Birthday Nap

Specter, AlabamaMatt is better at relaxing than I am.  I’m improving though.  This year on his birthday, as always, he got to pick the activities.  So we napped in the living room.  We napped in bed.  And we napped on the deck.  Sadly, this isn’t code for anything else.  We actually just took three names in one day and then went to bed around nine.  When we got in bed he said to me, “This was a great day.  We napped on the couch.  We napped in bed, and we napped on the deck.”  Cheap date.  I’ll remember that next year.

Clearly, we both needed some sleep.  And I know I’ve gotten more chill because once upon a time that kind of day would have killed me.

My plan for Matt’s birthday involved a trip to Specter, Alabama—the faux city from the set of Big Fish.  There he tossed his only pair of shoes up on the line running along the town limits.  We had to drive to JCPenny in stocking feet to go buy a new pair of shoes.

If you’re a Tim Burton, Ewan McGregor or Big Fish fan, check out Specter.  As of May 2016, it’s still pretty cool.  Sure, the set if falling down, but it was in the movie.  We thought it was great.  Matt was completely surprised.  In fairness the movie came out thirteen years ago, so it wasn’t on his radar.  As a bonus Montgomery, Alabama has some interesting Civil Rights and Civil War sites and scrumptious barbeque.

To Visit Specter, Alabama:

Call Mike: 334-430-7963

1060 or 1810 (can’t recall which is right) Cypress Lane, Millbrook AL 36054

When you get to the island, you’ll reach a gate.  Call Mike and put $3 per person in the metal box.  Mike will give you an access code to open the gate.  Drive in and follow the sign so Specter.  Park, walk around and walk the whole island.  It’s beautiful and you’ll be able to see the pillars from the front of Jenny’s house, though the house itself is gone.


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Charlotte June 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I loved this little story! And I absolutely loved Big Fish! Maybe if I ever get to Alabama…….

  2. […] to worry that there wouldn’t be much to see.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only was the Big Fish set still cool to walk through, but Montgomery is steeped in civil rights and civil war […]

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