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Vacation Blog #3

Hello again folks! I’ve transferred states yet again! Wednesday I left my sisters house in West Virginia, and headed on my way to Alabama. We made a stop over in Tennessee, specifically in Chattanooga. Here’s us at the first Tennessee welcome center:

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We stopped to eat at a Waffle House in Dandridge, Tennessee. Waffle Houses’s are one of the big things I miss. New Jersey doesn’t have them! Of course, all true southerners know that these magnificent diners are not only delicious, they’re also very cheap to! For everything the three of us got (picture below-and it was a lot!) we only paid $28!!!! You’ve got to love that!

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We spent about two hours on the road after leaving Dandridge before we reached Chattanooga. We didn’t have time to see everything there since it was really just one of those ‘stop overs.’ We did, however, get to see what’s called ‘The Passage.’ It is a monument and stairs located in the exact spot that the Cherokee tribes began their trek on the Trail of Tears so long ago. Being Native American myself, I found it to be a really interesting experience. The water Boo and I walked through on the staircase is supposed to represent the tears shed by the Natives on the Trail of Tears.

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Besides seeing ‘The Passage’ we also went and saw the Chattanooga Pier, walked around the outside of the Aquarium, and meandered our way around the shore of the Tennessee River. The town is rough on the outskirts, but once you get downtown, Chattanooga is absolutely beautiful.

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After leaving Chattanooga, we finally made it to our next stop in Alabama. We’re staying with my dear cousin, Gina, in Meridianville, but yesterday we went to visit my Aunt Pat- Gina’s momma. Aunt Pat is 70 years old, and she knows so much family history it’s ridiculous. She took us out to the infamous (for the family anyways) Shelton Cemetery, which sits at the bottom of Shelton Mountain. Just so you know, my momma’s maiden name was Shelton, so yes, it was my family cemetery and the mountain was named after our family to. The tombstone pictures below are of my great grandparents and great-great grandparents.

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Visiting with Aunt Pat was great. She is actually my Papaw’s first cousin, and I hadn’t seen her since I was ten years old. That was nearly 13 years ago! So obviously this was the first time she met my husband- who she told me she totally approves off (and who she is going to steal- haha!)- and my daughter- who she says is just like me.

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Today we’re going to see our friend, Courtney, and spend the evening visiting with my cousin, Gina. Then tomorrow we will be hitting up Florida, and starting the third leg of our basically four-part journey. As of today, my little family and I have been on the road for 7 days, and we still have 15 days to go! Wish us luck, and I hope that everyone has been enjoying their time as much as I have!

 

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