Monday, September 28, 2009

Veni, Vidi, Vici...Or...They Came, They Saw, They Took the Scenic Route

image from RachaelRay.com

I arrived home very late last night from the girls' trip to Nashville. I have so much to share with you, but I almost didn't get to share it.

A fateful merge into the wrong exit lane took the three of us moms on a very long detour. I could be in Florida right now if not for a kindly road sign that showed us our navigational error.

Erin was busy looking over some information for MOPS, Kelly was driving in an area she'd never been before, and I thought that if I spoke up they'd think I was stupid.

I wondered why we veered off towards Asheville, North Carolina when I knew we were specifically travelling towards Knoxville, Tennessee, which is sort of the gateway to Bristol, which is sort of the gateway to good old Virginnie.

But no one said anything (except the woman on the GPS system, and we were ignoring her because at one point she took us to a Nashville Taco Bell that was really a liquor store) and before long I noticed that the road was suspiciously more mountainous than I remembered on the trip to Nashville.

That could be because we were in the Cherokee National Forrest. Which runs into North Carolina.

The sign that read "Welcome to North Carolina" was our final clue that we had veered horribly off-course. Erin did some quick work on the map and plotted a course that would get us to Bristol without having to backtrack the way we'd just come.

We definitely took the scenic route.

Kelly steered the car around corners so tight that they were covered in black tire marks from previous road trippers who were perhaps a bit too ambitious in their cornering speeds.

We traveled through tiny towns perched on mountainsides, we passed more goats than I think I've ever seen, and saw so many postcard scenic views...I wanted to just stop the car and take some photos.

But we couldn't do that because three husbands and eight children were sitting at home in the 'Burg, waiting for us to return.

A man would have completely flipped out at our turn of events. We decided to see the situation as a "glass half full" sort of situation. We added an extra state to our itinerary and got to stop at a very nice Starbucks.

It's not a road trip without Starbucks, y'all.

I'll be spending some time this week trying (!!) to catch up with all the comments you've left while I was away. I want to catch up with your blogs too...please be patient with me. I think Mimi *helped* me by moving some things around while I was gone, so I have some hunting to do.

I can't wait to share more with you about our Nashville trip and the MOPS convention. Please drop back in!

Have a wonderful day!

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12 comments:

Emily said...

welcome home!! i'm glad you all made it back safely!:o)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Amanda! Welcome home! You were up there in my old stomping ground! It is beautiful, isn't it? I always seem to take the scenic route! lol Hey...you still get there, huh? Happy week!...Debbie

Holly said...

The scenic route is more fun!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Dontcha just looove to hear the GPS lady say "recalculating" over and over again in that semi pissed off tone she has?

Holly said...

Amanda, I'm laughing at your comment about my cheetah shoes! I promise you, I am not an animal print person either; this is my first animal print of any kind! But it was actually your mention of your zebra shoes that got me thinking...hmm, maybe I could do it!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh no! Despite that long way home, sounds like you made the best of it and had fun:) Glad you made it.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Whewwww...glad you made it home safe. Maybe in the spring you can make it to Round Top in the spring~

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Welcome back~catching up is the hardest part of taking a vacation! It sounds like you had fun though~

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I hate going the "scenic" route to places unknown and getting lost. I'm surprised though your GPS wasn't more helpful. Good thing those signs were there so you knew you were off course. At least you had a good attitude about it and enjoyed Starbucks and seeing all the goats!

Menden said...

HA! Loved reading about your scenic roadtrip :) I can think of more than one trip with girlfriends that ended up in the middle of nowhere, but that just makes it more fun, right?? At least these days we have GPS's to help us find our way, but they can def be hit or miss :)

Xazmin said...

Glad you finally made it back!

I can't wait to hear all about it...I really missed you!

Anny said...

Welcome back, how fun!

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