Visiting with the Kin Folk!

Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
Trip End Nov 21, 2011

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leaving Washington DC we head south through Virginia towards Tennessee.  I am getting excited to see family!  Ike is getting excited to get away from the toll booths and driving on the terrible roads we've experienced.  Leaving Maryland we escaped to a little side road to avoid another toll and ended up crossing the Potomac River into Virginia at "White's Ferry".  What fun to be on a cable-pulled ferry that has been in operation in this same spot since 1782!!  Stepping back into history is fun.  Of course in the old days the cable wasn't operated by an electric pulley.      

Crossing the river at this point there is no "Welcome to Virginia" sign: I've been trying to get each state sign as we enter.  We are now in state #23 of our journey!  We head west and hit Interstate 81.  What a nice smooth road!!  We get to follow this all the way into Tennessee to my aunt's; state #24.  The leaves along the way are the prettiest I've seen so far, but I have been saying this all the way!!  What pretty country in the fall.

Having a wonderful time in Tennessee just kicking back and checking on the old home place where my mom was raised and visiting with family.  My aunt gets a kick every time I'm around because last time we were here she kept talking about going to see Al Haller.  I finally asked, "Who is Al Haller?" She says not AL: it's AL O-W-L HOLLOW" (Al Haller!) 

My cousins all think I talk funny and am the one with the accent.  People from Washington State don't have an accent, do we?  Ike gets to see tobacco curing in a barn down by the holler. 

We are having fun just getting to visit again; get to see my Uncle Carl (who is just as funny as ever!) and my sweet Uncle Dale; visited historic Jonesboro, which is the oldest town in Tennessee and where my mom was raised--however they lived way out in the boonies! Jonesboro was founded in 1776 and was the first government district named in honor of George Washington (Washington County).  Andrew Jackson lived in town in 1788; the historic Chester Inn hosted three presidents: Andrew Jackson, James Polk and Andrew Johnson.  My Uncle Clyde's sister, Sue Payne lives in an old, old house right in the heart of town so we visited her as we strolled the streets looking at the old buildings.

We spent four wonderful nights getting caught up, lots of good food: my aunt's wonderful "peanut" beans, home cured ham and fresh sausage and biscuits-YUM YUM YUM--I still feel stuffed! and much laughter around the dining room table.  Next it's off for a couple of days up in the Great Smoky Mountains, where we plan to see Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and more pretty leaves!!  I am really in tears as I leave cuz I love my Aunt Elsie and Uncle Clyde so much--Ike is ready to move back there, but I'm afraid that those boys--Ike, Clyde and Shane--may have just a little too much fun down there in Owl Holler!

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Judy Welfringer on

Beautiful Country pictures & looks like a very close family having fun.

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