Travel through the South

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Such a lovely place. The cannons do NOT work.

You haven’t heard much from us, because we’ve been traveling! We spent two days driving to Hilton Head, South Carolina. It was a glorious two days, too. The first days we enjoyed many small towns in Texas, since the first part of our trip was on state highways. Before stopping for the night, we visited my favorite welcome station, the one on the Mississippi River. I love the two bridges, watching barges, and all the colors. Some day I would love to take a river cruise on this river!

sign2We stopped for the night in Meridian, Mississippi. We had a huge room, but what impressed us the most was that there was tons of food in the lobby when we arrived. It was for all the people who had evacuated from the path of Hurricane Michael and needed a break. There was a real sense of community in the place, and the staff at the hotel was bending over backwards to be kind, including feeding everyone. Made me happy.

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These flowers went on for miles along the highway in Georgia.

Travel Day 2

The second travel day, mostly on Interstate 20, was also bright and shiny. When we got into Georgia we were greeted by breathtaking swaths of flowers planted in the medians. It appeared to be cosmos and something gold (anyone know?). There was a bit of congestion and ickiness near Atlanta, but mostly it was smooth sailing.

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Mother Nature thinned the trees out along the side of the road.

Once we got onto Interstate 16, we were in the path where the hurricane has just passed through the day before. I was amazed at how clear the roads were. Obviously, crews had come through immediately after the storm and moved any trees that blocked the road.

There were still lots and lots of downed trees along the roadside, but we didn’t see much damage to buildings (of course, most of the journey was through beautiful pine and hardwood forests).

I sure enjoyed all the huge trees, and must admit, my heard jumped a little when I saw my first Spanish moss in a tree. I miss that stuff, since it reminds me of being a little girl in north Florida.

Since the time changed, we made it to South Carolina rather late. But, we got a pizza, which we shared with the front desk lady at our interesting hotel (I’ll post about it on our business blog), and we slept well.

I am gladd my spouse loves to drive. I sure love to see how the terrain and plants change as you drive across a thousand miles in the USA.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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