We didn’t think much about Arkansas before going on this trip (no surprises there, right? Are you sensing a pattern here with all of the preconceived notions and upended expectations we’ve got going on?) Arkansas sounds a little nebulous- trees? Dust? Rocks? A landlocked state that’s kinda southern? Civil rights?
We didn’t have much difficulty deciding where to go in Louisiana. Even though one might imagine the slow creep of rural Louisiana- gators, bayous, and swamps, heavy trees and sticky weather- the draw of New Orleans was too irresistible to pass up.
Mississippi! Say it! Spell it out loud! It’s yet another southern state that neither of us had been to, and knew very little about (aside from how fun it is to say when you’re a kid.)
It’s probably safe to say that most people don’t think much of Alabama. Alabamans, don’t be offended- we know people think (or rather, don’t think) about our home state of Minnesota in much the same way. And, like you, we know our state to be full of treasures unknown to the rest of the world!
Oooh! (rubs hands together in anticipation). This is gonna be good. The cold weather we had for the first several weeks of our trip meant that Florida glittered in the distance like a tropical beacon; we’d talk about it like a couple of jailed cons would refer to Mexico- “one day we’ll get to Florida,[…]
To be honest, it took a while for us to warm to Georgia (due in no small part to how tickled we were with South Carolina). It’s tough to go from place to place so quickly; we only just get comfortable somewhere and it’s time to move on.
Our week in South Carolina turned out to be just the breath of fresh air we needed. It’s amazing what a little bit of sunshine and ocean breeze can do for team morale!
North Carolina turned out to be another expectation-breaking place. After getting stuck on one side of the mountains in Tennessee without being able to explore them, we thought we’d give it one more try across the border.
Week 3 of our trip took us to the fabled land of Tennessee! While Wisconsin and Illinois proved to be beautiful in their own ways, were excited for Tennessee.