The Betrothed and I just spent the last three weeks of June on an epic road trip visiting many friends and relatives across the Central time zone. Here are some of the funny and interesting things we saw at each of our stops.
|This is what it looks like when two nerds revisit childhood road trips.|
- A store along the highway in Tennessee proudly proclaimed, "JESUS IS LORD" and "WE BUY GUNS."
- The tiny town of Morrisville, AL is only nine square blocks. It was cute, but not as much of a time warp as my doctor's office Southern Living December 2009 made it out to be.
- Fathers' Day Mass at my future sister-in-law's Florida parish featured the "Knights of Columbus Chorale" - basically Dads in matching Knights polo shirts leading the hymns. Adorbs.
- My fiance took me to a bayou nature preserve outside New Orleans, where the air was thick with humidity and cicadas. The alligators were hiding from view, but we did see lizards, a million dragonflies, and a crawfish crawling around in the the dirt. He threatened us with his claws.
- There are a ton of historic plantation houses down River Road outside New Orleans. Evergreen Plantation is still privately owned, and so not jammed with tourists. Hollywood has found them though - apparently Quentin Tarentino has been filming scenes for Django Unchaned there. We only saw intact slave cabins, though, no movie stars.
- A bumper sticker on a truck outside Dallas informed us that "Kids who hunt and fish don't steal and deal." Ok then.
- While visiting grandparents in Chicago, I did some archival research of old family photos. Check out the fantastic vestments at my great uncle's diaconate ordination. (Rest in peace. Fr. Kevin.)
|Quaint, but overrated.|
|Don't worry little guy, we won't eat you.|
|Can't begin to describe how seeing these buildings blew my nerdy mind.|
|Seriously, check out that man-lace.|
|I hope we come back soon, Chicagoland.|