Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Firstly, thank you all for your words of 'encouragement' with some of the personal hygiene challenges we have been facing.

Couple of things worth a mention...

Yes Mum, we will, as you say, ‘double our efforts to find the errant sausage in the car’ before you come see us.  But I fear it may be too little too late.  Please can you bring with you some of those tree shaped air fresheners?  We have yet to cross New Mexico and I fear the Californian heat is not going to work in our favour.

And Lee, thank you also for your words of wisdom which I feel compelled to share.  You were right when you said, ‘A clean pair of pants will also breed a sophisticated air of self confidence’.  It has to be said, it felt good.

Guess what?  Noah is at the Laundromat right now with our big bag of funk.  I am keeping things ticking over in the hotel room – you know, eating diet chocolate and drinking mini bottles of wine. 

So, today. It began with a quick sugar fix for brekkie, and then Woody watched some tv whilst I made sandwiches, booked some hotels and organised our bits and pieces.

We got in the ‘wagon of stench’ and headed for Piedmont Park, Atlanta.  Noah dropped Woody and I in the park and he headed off to coffee with a designer he has been in touch with.  Noah arrived on time, in a clean shirt (he had been saving it), having had a shave, and without a band aid in sight.  Winner.

Woody and I played in the park and razzed about in the fountain.  He was so, so hot he did not have his normal Labrador-esque energy.

Once the family was reunited, we went for a restorative ice cream – Elwood was a sweaty mess, and struggling with the heat.

We had a bit of drive around some beautiful (and expensive) areas and then we were on our way to Chattanooga, Tennessee – of the Chattanooga Choo Choo fame.  Noah says he has always wanted to go there (Mind you, he has never mentioned this prior to today.  That man is a dark horse.) We have not seen the town centre yet – but, I tell you, we are so excited to be here.  Never has a town made me so want to sing and dance.

The other reason I am so excited (other than the mini bottles of wine) is that we had dinner in the Cracker Barrel Country Store tonight.  I love it.  It is cheesy and everything is ‘ye olde repro’.   But I still love it.  Rocking chairs on the front porch, southern food, patchwork quilts and old fashioned sweets.  When we went to a Cracker Barrel last year we got so swept up in the moment we spent $300 on random stuff.  I kid you not.   This time, we do not have the dosh, or the luggage space – but we still loved the experience.  I dare say it will not be out last Cracker Barrel this holiday.

A short walk across the car park and we were back home / hotel and in the pool.  Lovely, lovely swim- the warmest so far – followed by a coffee chaser.  Closely followed by a gorgeous, and fast asleep little boy.

So, that brings me to now.  I am just waiting for the husband to return from the Laundromat with tales of success....

...Well, the husband has returned with a massive bounty of fresh smelling clothes. Only one casualty – one of Elwood’s ‘guns n roses’ tees had gone mouldy so ended up in the bin.  Other than that, it's all good.  Chattanooga will see us at our finest tomorrow.
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hazel on

I am very worried about the errant sausage...I do hope you manage to track it down soon.
Also..glad to see you are keeping your unmentionables fresh...
Looks like a very exciting trip....I hope you are singing the appropriate songs for the places you visit?

michael Leigh on

Great stuff- looking forward to the next thrilling installment!

noah_and_bree on

Thanks Michael for reading our blog and your comments. We are having an amazing time - it is everything we wished for and more. Hope you and family are well. love b, n, e x

noah_and_bree on

You are right to worry about the errant sausage. When Elwood got in the car yesterday, even he asked, 'why does our car smell like sausage'. My mum is joining us in 3 weeks and she is veggie. She is not going to be impressed!

michael Leigh on

We are all transfixed by your adventures Wonderful photos too - will help Elwood remember it all when he's older!

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