Day Two began with a man in the hotel lobby entertaining us with his decent Rodney Dangerfield impression and a discussion about fruit loops. Not a bad way to start the day. We have done this drive so many times now that it is beginning to feel routine, which isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to road tripping. But alas, we just wanted to push through and make it to my parents house in Georgia by 7:30pm. In the morning, my mom informed us that ribs were on the menu for dinner so we had a big carrot dangling in front of us for the entire 600 mile drive.
Arkansas gets a bad rap in this country. I wonder if most people who make fun of the state have ever even visited this part of the country, let alone The Natural State. You know, I discovered this to be true when I left Pennsylvania to attend college at Clemson University – the people who trash southern states and southern culture often times have never spent significant time in that part of the country. While I don’t ever see ourselves living in Arkansas, we certainly appreciate what the state has to offer – natural hot springs, rolling green hills, and wide open spaces with the prettiest wildflowers you’ll ever see.
We weren’t in Tennessee for long, just enough to pass through Memphis and head south to Mississippi. It was when driving on Rt. 22 toward Birmingham, Alabama by way of The Magnolia State, we debated over the best Beach Boys song. It should go without saying that Pet Sounds is one of the most influential works of all time so not surprisingly, our agreed upon song come from the album – God Only Knows. Agree or disagree?
We made the 600 mile drive with ease (or as easy as it can be with a toddler and a dog). While we would catch the occasional rain shower, we thankfully were traveling a couple of hours ahead of severe thunderstorms. As you can see, the sky looked ominous in Birmingham but the fury was not unleashed. Score one for our team.
And then just in time for rush hour traffic, we spotted the Atlanta skyline in the horizon, shimmering like The Emerald City. We had another hour and half to my parents but the time went fast – mainly in part to the ridiculous fast speed the average commuter travels on the Atlanta roads. No complaints from us though!
When we arrived at my parents, we were surprised to find my sister Julie and her fiance Zach at the house. They drove down to see us for the night because we’re not sure when we will see them again. Unfortuantely, they will not be able to make it up to northern Michigan for our extended family vacation in July.
Last time my parents saw Weston was over Christmas so they were thrilled to spend time with the little guy.
For example, my mom enjoyed playing trucks with Weston.
And Grandpa read Weston a bedtime story.
Julie and Zach’s dog Philly and Lucy played together all evening the way that dogs do.
Don’t worry about Philly, he held his own against Lucy.
Today we’re off to Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is a short drive today – only about five hours.
Handful of Songs from Day Two Playlist
Shambala by Three Dog Night
She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult
Living on a Thin Line by The Kinks
New Sensation by INXS