Big Fish is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I was more than elated to discover- the day before I left- that the town of Spectre was still setup somewhere near Montgomery and that you just had to get permission to get onto the island in the Alabama River to get to the set.
I had actually talked to my dad on the phone that morning while I ate breakfast, and I told him that when I looked it up, I saw that it was almost a half an hour in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go, so I decided not to go. Well… That spontaneity kinda came over me again, and I decided Why Not? So, I found this info out on the Roadtrippers App, and it had this random pin in their map and I just followed it. I missed the turn a time or two, but then I felt really accomplished when I got to a gate and saw it was only $3. My bubble burst a bit, when I realized that the gate had a code. I almost turned my car around, defeated, but then I decided to knock on a random door and ask about the code, and I ended up knocking on the door of the woman who owns the island! I told her how I had come from Missouri on this road trip and how this was one of my favorite movies. Then she told me that she loved sitting and watching them film because the set was so beautiful. She told me there had been a fire and not a lot was left, and then she told me that since that was the only reason I came that I could go in for free and to have fun! So sweet!
I crossed the Alabama River, onto the island, and drove for a bit through these beautiful, but kinda creepy trees and all of a sudden… I came up on this beautiful, dilapidated town in the middle of all of it. It was so incredible to be a part of Spectre. It felt pretty magical to be there!
I could see how, if you weren’t a huge fan of Big Fish, this wouldn’t be worth the drive for the set alone, but being a huge fan, I can’t imagine being so close and not stopping. However, the island itself is absolutely beautiful and worth it. In fact, when I went back through the gate, I wrote on the money envelope, ‘It’s still worth it,’ and paid her the three dollars!
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