DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - The drought is bearing down incessantly across Alabama and it's not loosening its grip, affecting landmark destinations.
Substantial rain on Sand and Lookout Mountains is just about as scarce as a Cubs World Series win. Unlike that drought ending, this one is not.
Ponds are dried up, lakes are down and rivers are low. Neighboring states are also experiencing a drought, but not as bad as we are.
DeSoto Falls in DeKalb County is usually alive in its rushing, loud glory, looked upon by thousands of visitors a year.
Now it's a small trickle, a shadow of what it normally is. "The drought has affected us quite a bit lately. There's no water in the river. I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen that before," Tim Williams said.
Williams and his wife own Little River RV Park and Campground in DeKalb County, not far from the falls and Little River Canyon National Preserve. "A lot of folks come in to see the waterfalls and there are none right now," Williams said.
In addition to that, a 'No Burn' order provides that any campfire could mean criminal penalties including a substantial fine and even jail time. That's something Williams and his wife explain to visitors before they get to the site.
The drought is taking its toll. "Whenever they get here they go look at the waterfalls and there's not even any falls at all," Williams said.
While some places aren't up to their usual glory, there are still so many other landmark destinations visitors can enjoy in the area, and the campground is open and ready for campers.
Maybe, just maybe, we'll see some substantial rain in the distant -- the way it's looking right now, very distant -- future.
After all, the Cubs did just win the World Series in the most nail-biting, anxiety inducing, seat-grabbing way, and that drought lasted 108 years.