A cross-country road-trip seems like a good occasion to resuscitate this poor site, doesn't it? We're headed east to visit my grandparents in Northern Virginia, and spend a few days in NYC while we're out there. We're driving out via Louisiana,
(only Hannah would pose)
(the girls would only pose near the garbage bin)
and South Carolina.
More states tomorrow...
Jesse scouted out some interesting stops on the way, which is how we found ourselves at the Museum of Coca-Cola in Vicksburg, MS.
We went through pretty quickly, but I took pictures for a friend who LOVES all things Coca-Cola (she won't even let me say "Coke").
While Coke (ha!) was invented in Atlanta, it was first bottled in Vicksburg - hence the museum. It was cute and a nice diversion after a day on the road.
Back in the car, we headed to Jackson, state capital of Mississippi. After walking through the abandoned downtown streets for half an hour, we found the brewpub we'd been looking for and finally got to eat excellent seafood gumbo, and fried oysters on a spinach salad. The girls refused everything but salad, until they tasted the gumbo and immediately wanted their own, and ate most of my oysters. After Jesse told us about the urinals here, we made him go back in for a picture.
On the walk home we stopped at the old state capitol, where Hazel refused to pose, again. Let's not talk of Hazel on Day 1.
Today we headed out of Mississippi, and into Alabama, home of a giant statue of Vulcan. Who knew? Did you know? Because I had no idea. I associate B'ham with race riots and MLK, but apparently it was all about iron - and pig iron at that - before the depression and after WWII.
There is an excellent park and small museum located on the hill where Vulcan towers over the city, and while Jesse and the girls rode the elevator to the top, I made a picnic lunch in the shady park below.
Jesse got a nice shot of Vulcan's ass, though - check it:
Tonight we're in Greenville, SC. People, if you are ever within 150 miles of Greenville, go to The Lazy Goat. We had excellent Mediterranean-style mezes and tapas here, a perfect Negroni, and solid service. We ate just up on this terrace -
and didn't even realize there were children cavorting below us. Afterward, we got ice cream for the girls and walked along the river in balmy 80 F weather - heaven.
We'll arrive at my grandparents' tomorrow - we can't wait to see them, it's been too long.
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