The thing I miss most, however, is road trips. Like the one I’m on now. I almost forgot how to travel. I almost forgot the thrill of looking out the window at the beauty lying between my Floridian Panhandle home and the sunkissed pastures of Alabama.
I almost forgot what it feels like to roll down my window on a clear day, travelling fifty-five. I nearly forgot how freeing it is to be on an old highway among the peanut fields and cotton.
Workaholic Me is gone. And I hope he stays gone. And for the next few days, I am once again an adopted son of a truly great state.
I heart Alabama.
Like Dietrich, we are also “adopted Alabamians” and we ♥ our family here. It’s been awhile since we took an Alabama road trip…just because (a friend once called that “going loafering”). Thinking we need to hit those back roads again soon!
Returning and Awakening to the Beauty of Rural Alabama…by travel photographer / native Alabamian Scott Baker.
Swann Covered Bridge, photo by Scott Baker
Because we could probably all use a little JT right now…😊
Our friend Marleah and her pal Patrice started a podcast. And the second we heard the subject matter, we were in! If you love good storytelling and are looking for a funky, uniquely Southern hub that talks about some of our region’s own “stranger things,” then The Strange South Podcast is for you. One fan called it “a haunted chicken coop for your soul.”
Sample stories shared so far…
Sweet Snake Serenity (live from Podx in Nashville)
Please tell them the D’Avanzos sent ya. 😉
For 10 years now, we’ve been chowing down on Cooter Brown’s Ribs — the best in the land IMO. It’s just plain luck that this rib shack is just down the road from our place. Friends coming over and no time to cook? Call Cooter’s. Honkey Hawg Memorial Day Weekend around the corner? Better order ribs early. Wet or dry (we say dry!), you may never bite into a better tasting rib. And p.s., writer Rick Bragg thinks so too. We could go on and on about their ribs, potato salad, Hillbilly Eggrolls, Cooter’s Cob and (my go-to) the Bourbon Peach Iced Tea, but you just need to get on over to Hwy 204 in Alabama and try for yourself. ‘Til then, read about our “neighbor” from AL.COM… The story behind Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack, a classic Alabama BBQ joint.