It’s happening, ya’ll. On Friday I leave for a two-week road trip through the American South and Appalachia.
I already know what you’re asking, and the answers are: because I’ve never been to these places and the culture is unique to my own. Thus, I’ve got a lot to learn about the people and life there, and I get to share it all with you.
I’ll get those chances to learn, too, because I’m staying with friends or hosts at these five stops:
- Tulsa, OK
- Hot Springs, AR
- Memphis, TN
- Cleveland, TN (The Great Smokey Mountains)
- Charleston, WV
And within these stops are plans to sit down with the locals, to visit their homes over a meal and hear what they have to say about what’s important to them, about what they think the rest of America should know about their parts of the country, and about how they feel about America and the world today.
Then in between these stops, I’m going to explore the countryside and small towns. I plan to visit the world’s only public diamond mine (I gotta fund this trip somehow!) And I plan to hike the Great Smokey Mountains bordering Tennessee and North Carolina.
I plan to breath in the South on this trek I call the Southern Experience, and I’ll be tweeting, blogging right here, and updating my experiences and interactions on Facebook every step of the way–which will likely include some places visited and experiences had on a whim.
Please join me. And feel free to offer suggestions of places I should check out or questions I should ask my new southern friends.
I’ll offer my first post on this blog in about a week’s time.