Tuesday, June 10, 2008
the California trip!
Okay, on May 1st we started driving West. To California! Well, it was a late start to the trip, as we got out of the house late, then discovered 20 miles away that we'd forgotten our money! So, back to the house, then to Krystal (a southern chain we love specializing in Little hamburgers and Little chicken sandwiches), because by then we were hungry. We were going to stop off at our usual Atlanta Bread Co. nosh in Columbus, GA which was on the way, but since we had a Krystal lunch, we decided not to get off the highway, but just keep going into Alabama. We went thru Montgomery - and not for the first time. Last year sometime we visited Harry Ritz's (the Ritz Bros.) son, Michael, there, and spent a lovely afternoon with him, before going to dinner at his recommended spot - Bone Fish Grill. One of the best meals we've had in the south.
But - back to This trip. We got deep into Mississippi by night. On May 2nd we stopped at a Miss. Welcome Center to view the mighty dirty Mississippi River! It looked like Willie Wonka's chocolate river, but I doubt it tasted as sweet.
Somewhere along the way, we came across a cactus farm. Perhaps I'm going out of order here, but this is the order of all the pictures, so maybe it Was on our 2nd day. Anyway, we were in the midst of a bus full of kids, but going into the side greenhouses, it wasn't too busy. Interesting stuff too. When I was growing up, I don't recall veering off to side attractions like this. Perhaps we did. But my tiny mind only remembers the Big things like Disneyworld and the Grand Canyon. I appreciate little things more now. And it's nice to share a life with a wife who thinks ditto. Trouble is, unless it's on the interstate, it's hard to know where to go. Plus, when you're headed to Calif., you don't want to blow all your energy too quickly. And we almost did!
By the end of the 2nd day, we were 20 minutes from Dallas, and had no idea how much more driving there was to go. You haven't driven until you've driven thru all of Texas!