We're in Nashville.
Outside feels like a wet, hot blanket.
Finally reached a town where we don't have friends to stay with, so night one landed us in the van.
Sitting (and smelling) at a cafe now writing and drawing and perusing our Couchsurfing options and... posting this. (Lost my first draft to a random glitch again, whoop-whoop!)
Oh, the moments when I wonder what the point of all this blogging is.
But the answer is discipline.
It's an exercise in keeping something up for 12 weeks despite the rigamarole and random-ness of travel.
If nothing else, it's a good exercise for future projects (he reminds himself), and a digital logbook of our travels to look back on.
Looong day of travel from our stopover in Boston and we reached our lovely hosts in the nation's capitol, Angie and Mike.
They led us to a pool the next day (our first), and a Sunday Funday -- as the cool kids are calling it -- commenced. On a rooftop.
They were far too good to us.
From there we explored!
Sight-seeing and all that.
We did the monuments and a few Smithsonians.
Free museums are the best way to spend a few hours traveling...
Keep ya busy and get your mind thinking differently.
Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" included four huge paintings in one room that depicted phases of life; childhood, youth, manhood and old age, followed by angels and stuff.
After a while in a museum filled with paintings and quiet, you just about start feeling and smelling and hearing what the painter who made it did.
I was also digging the innovation section of the American history museum.
The Museum of Natural History featured incredible animal photographers, in jungles and under the sea.
On our last night, we caught a free comedy show at this awesome bar called The Big Hunt -- highly recommended!
Then we started our way south to Nashville...
Halfway point and the best road trip resource ever!
The road to Nashville put us on our first highway due West! Whoa.
We are incredibly grateful to our hosts so far -- you guys have made the trip possible, and amazing. Shoutout to Gemma, Todd, Mitch/Kevin/Goodman, James and Brian, Goodman again, and Angie/Mike! You guys rock and we're planning our thank you gifts!
LASTLY! I know nobody's reading this far, but in the spirit of sharing the good things in life with the good people in life... but we've found something incredible:
Swimmingholes.org -- it's a database for all of the swimming holes around the USA.
"Road trip dips" are our new best friends. We've used it to hit two so far by just finding one on the map between our starting point and our destination.
We're not talking crowded parks, these are easily some of the most beautiful water experiences we've ever had. Butterflies and waterfalls and the whole 9, just a short hike usually off the freeway. Safe to say we'll be using it again.
Nothing better. Especially in the middle of a long, hot day of driving.