Someone asked whether I would be taking my own vacation once Steve returned from his looong week and the short answer is: yes. Yes I am.
I thought about what I would do if I could do anything and - after rejecting a year abroad house-swap as impractical (although... lemme know if you live somewhere, um, not here and feel like spending a year in Minnesota. We've got snoooooooow. And you know, culture, and good schools. Oh! And a pool table!) - I decided that I would like to rent an RV and spend time driving around the country with Steve and the children, most likely solving mysteries.
Unfortunately this, too, was dismissed as impractical (STEVE) so I asked myself what I could do with just a week or two and I realized that I could finally go on that road trip to Alabama.
Are you done now? Good and I don't know why every single person to whom I have confided this dream of mine has bugged out their eyes like that. I'm serious.
Steve politely declined when I asked if he was sure he didn't want to join me but I noticed that Patrick has three out of six school days off in the next two weeks and we're going. Patrick and I and the open road with nothing but a couple trunks full of clean clothes, some snacks, a cooler, the GPS, an actual map, our audiobooks, a smartphone, Patrick's sinus medications, my laptop, a crate of books, a pound or two of assorted chargers... we're going to be just like the pioneers.
So my question for you is what do we absolutely have to see/do and most importantly eat? We are going to be in the general vicinity of St Louis, Memphis, New Orleans (basically all the Mississippi River points) before hitting Mobile, Birmingham, Cherokee County Alabama [I'll explain later] and then hopefully Atlanta, York South Carolina [my secret real destination] before heading back up through Kentucky and Indiana.
I'm giddy with the thought of it.
PS Patrick still won't eat an egg or mashed potatoes but he has developed an unholy passion for sushi. He is particularly fond of maguro (pity. mercury. he is limited to three pieces of nigiri-style every three months) and sake and ikura. Oh and sea clam.
He threw this over the bannister a few days ago.
I think he'll make an excellent traveling companion.