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Road Trip to the South!

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This summer I took a road trip from New Mexico to the South to visit friends and family. My route took me through the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Missouri (going East), Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Arkansas (going West). I was driving my appropriately designated “Desert Sky Blue” Ford Thunderbird, but going through my head was “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.” I hope the people who came up with that ad campaign, tune, and lyrics were well compensated–now that was branding!

 

Most of my time was well spent reminiscing and catching up. I was treated to some sightseeing along the way.

 

Paducah, Kentucky, is restoring its downtown area. So much interesting history there! We had a delicious lunch at a bakery that survived a major flood and currently includes a café, walked the brick paved streets admiring period storefronts, viewed fantastic murals along the riverbank, and lingered in a local museum with fascinating memorabilia.

In Asheville, North Carolina, I enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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In Chattanooga, Tennessee, I went to the National Cemetery.  It may seem like a strange place to visit, but I have memories of going there as a little girl with my father like you would go to a park. I had a fuzzy recollection of a “train statue” and was eager to make a better connection. There is a memorial there to Andrews’ Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase, a military raid in 1862 during the American Civil War.  The locomotive pictured below is a model of The General. The memorial is surrounded by tombstones of some of those involved and indicates which ones were executed, escaped, or exchanged.

A bit of history has been brought to life in the James County Courthouse which has been remodeled with a wedding chapel upstairs and a tearoom, which I highly recommend, beneath–wonderfully decorated, delicious food, and a friendly staff.

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Always good to travel and always good to return to a place you call home. The New Mexico desert is a welcome sight as I head towards my mountain retreat.

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6 Comments

  1. I finally caught on my reviews and feel guilty I haven’t answered your last post on Goodreads. I have doctor’s appointment s This week and may not get my reviews on until Thursday. Betty

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    • lghiggins says:

      No problem, Betty. If anyone understands, it is me. I have been writing my reviews as I finish books this summer, but just could not get them posted because of the bad Internet connection. As I am posting now, trying for everyday, you can see that I am back in Mexico. I now need to catch up on reading your reviews as well. I hope all goes well at your appointment.

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  2. Wendy says:

    Great T-bird! Glad you had a good tip. Always good to come home.

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  3. Joëlle says:

    Nice trip, and it seems you had good weather to enjoy the scenery. Funnily enough, I know the Chevrolet ad you mention: my husband has often hummed it to me! We were discussing a potential future trip across the U.S. just the other day with our middle son. Such a big country, so many things to see!

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