Did you start singing along?
Gotta love a little Ray Charles.
Georgia (and all those other states) really is on my mind. Mr. J and I just bought plane tickets to Atlanta for April! Y’all (my southern accent is creeping in already) may already know of my insatiable desire to travel. Having a trip on the books satisfies my wanderlust for a time and I love the sense of looking forward to travel. Plus, I get to check this one off of my bucketlist for 2014!
The purpose of this trip really is centered around my brother, S, who lives in Kentucky. Both of my brothers are in the Army and are scheduled for deployments very soon. D, the youngest brother who came to visit me last Christmas is headed to Germany. But S is going to be returning to Afghanistan for the 3rd time and I haven’t seen him in about 3 years. My heart aches to think of him being so far away, so J and I made it a priority to see him and his beautiful family this year before he leaves. I’m equally pleased to see my beautiful, sweet sister-in-law and my vibrant, adorable niece.
My dad and grandmother live a day’s drive south and west of S in Mississippi, in a little town right along the mighty Mississippi River! J and I will start our trip with the long drive from Atlanta to see them for a few days before driving through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, to Kentucky for some quality time with S. Then we will head back down to Georgia where my grandfather and his family grew up to visit some of my extended family. Who knew this PNW girl had southern roots! The funny thing is that I really do catch a southern accent quickly and it will stick with me for weeks after.
I’m already finding places I want to stop and see along our road trip. My fingers are crossed that we can go spelunking in Mammoth Cave (the longest cave system in the world), visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, wander through some of the beautiful antebellum homes in Natchez, meet the largest herd of bison in the U.S. at Land Between the Lakes, and walk in the footsteps of early explorers on the Natchez Trace. J has a list of things he wants to see as well: namely the Jack Daniels Distillery (in a dry county, at that!), The Grand Ole Opry, and the Louisville Slugger Museum. I’m game!
All of this has made me grateful that unmolested travel is a luxury we can enjoy in this nation. To cross state lines without papers, to affordably travel nearly coast to coast in a single day, to break away from work and spend time with family, and to have men and women who honorably serve our country and sacrifice so much – we are incredibly fortunate and blessed.
So that’s the latest and greatest and it fairly has me daydreaming all day. I had to share the good news! And with that, I wish you all a great weekend. I’m off to plan a vacation with my hubby. 🙂