This is Fun Friday and I thought I'd do a post on some of the attractions in my neck of the woods. I live 4 miles from the Tennessee line and 20 miles from the Alabama line, and while Tennessee has a lot of interesting attractions, so far, I haven't seen a Shoe Tree, at least not around here. And Alabama does. It's about 35 miles from me on the side of Highway 72.
You may be wondering what a Shoe Tree is. Or, like me, why in the world would anyone throw a perfectly good pair of shoes up in a tree.
I don't know. I do know there are shoe trees all over the world, and at least 75+ here in the United States. There are also rules for throwing the shoes, like they must be tied together--I guess so if someone is brave enough to climb the tree they would get a pair.
I suspect the tree in Northern Alabama that is 1 mile west of the Natchez Trace Parkway, was started by bored high school students. When I first saw it, there were about 50 pairs of shoes on it. Now there are well over a hundred. If you look closely, you'll see a pair of purple heels.
The first time I saw the tree, I had to turn around and go back to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I've since learned that some people actually take vacations for the sole purpose of throwing a pair of shoes up in one of these trees.
So far I haven't succumbed to the temptation of joining the shoe throwers. But I might the next time I travel Highway 72 on my way to Chattanooga. You see, I have this pair of pink tennis shoes that I hate to throw away, so...
Leave a comment and let me know if you would leave a pair of shoes in a tree.
For the next two months on the 3rd Friday I'll be bringing a couple of more stories about places just off Highway 72 in Northern Alabama...first the Coon Dog Cemetery in September, then the Rattlesnake Saloon in October.
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