Plan B with Erica E

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.
~Italian Proverb

It was a Sunday and Plan B was initialized.

Plan B is always wine tasting in the Texas Hill Country.  Wine was waiting to be picked up so we hopped in the Jeep and headed down 290 West.

William Chris Vineyard was our first stop.  I love this little place.  It’s cozy and comfortable and if you are lucky Alphonse Dotson will be there to tell you about growing up in Houston, playing football for the Chiefs & Raiders, tease you a little about about a visitor coming from Charleston and give you a taste of the sweet wine he just finished bottling.

Texas Hills Vineyards was the second stop just before they closed.  Wines were tasted, bottles were chosen and we were off to find food in Johnson City.  A brewery was discovery and a decision was made to finish the day with a local brew and some food.

Pecan Street Brewery was just the place.  Catcher in the Wheat was a good choice and so were the Portabello mushrooms.

It was a good day with my best friend and great Plan B accomplished.

Charleston, SC

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I love Charleston. I can see why so many others do too.  We ate at Magnolia’s and it was devine.  Orange buttermilk pancakes…I’d go back for those alone.  Then we went to se the Yorktown.  A fun piece of history.  I’ll be back on Tuesday morning before I fly home…Can’t wait.

Savannah, GA

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I can see why it’s easy to fall in love with Savannah.  My first taste of the city came in the form of Shrimp and Grits with a sherry cream sauce, heavy sea air, the history of pirates, ghosts haunting the buildings along the waterfron…and if that’s wasn’t enough to discover on a first night how about some freshly pulled salt water taffy?

Crossing the Mississippi

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Crossing the Misissippi again.  I was here last year on my way to Chattanooga.  This year I’m on my way to Savannah.
I’ve wanted to go there for years and can’t wait to see the see the squares, eat the food and see the Spanish moss hanging.  More pictures to come.
See you along I 20  🙂

Chattanooga to Little Rock

Day 7:

We left Chattanooga and decided to drive back through Alabama and Mississippi on our way to Memphis for some BBQ.  On the way we saw a sign for Russell Cave and decided to make a detour to see what it was all about.  It was worth it.  Tucked away off the beaten path was an archeological sight dating human habitation back 9000 years and a beautiful, electric green forest.  We took advantage of stretching our legs and hiked into the forest on some well worn paths.  It was raining and the drops of water clung to the leaves before dripping on the tops of our heads.  Sometimes its worth getting off the chosen path for a little while.

There were two things I wanted while I was in Memphis…To see Sun Studios, where Johnny Cash was discovered and eat some ribs…Mission accomplished!

Next stop…Home

Chattanooga

Day 4, 5, and 6:

We made it to Chattanooga.  It was a beautiful drive through Alabama and a small corner of Georgia on our way there.

A fogged over lense from the humidity

I have always loved aquariums.  I have been to them all over the world and the one in Chattanooga is one of the best.

I enjoyed being back.  I love the way the city changes but stays the same at heart.  There will always be the history of Missionary Ridge and the The Battle above the Clouds on Lookout Mountain, the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Rock City, and Coco Cola.

Next stop Little Rock….

I heard you say you’re from Texas…

Day 3:

I heard you say you were from Texas and I wanted to show you some Southern hospitality and buy you a drink.

I loved Alabama.  Not just for the hospitality but for the pine trees, the Kudzu vines, the BBQ and the friends we spent time with there.  The big town of Jacksonville was our stop for the evening.  We stayed with a friend on her 80 acre “farm” complete with private shooting range, lots of old buildings and a clear night sky to watch a meteor shower.   We ate some of the best ribs I’ve ever had at Cooters Rib Shack and drank beers with names like The Naked Pig and Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan. And got to know a very special cat named Mina all the way from Afghanistan.  She has a story all her own to tell. 


And on we go to Chattanooga…

Vicksburg to Jacksonville

Day 2:

We spent the night in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  A great-great grandfather fought there during the Civil War so we wanted to take some time to drive through the memorial park, (it would be a beautiful hike if not for the 100+ temp and 90% humidity).  It’s beautiful.  Rolling hills.  Covered in trees and vines.  It’s hard to imagine the fighting that went on it what is now such a peaceful place.

I love trains and the caboose has always been my favorite car.

Tonight we will be in Jacksonville, Alabama…

More state lines to cross

Austin to Vicksburg

Day 1:

Our destination was Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We avoided the Interstates in favor of small highways and small towns.
Seeing more of the country, the landscape, the old buildings and historical markers that make a road trip through six states a thing to remember.

Here’s a few things we saw on the first leg of our journey…

Austin, Texas to Vicksburg, Mississippi

Sunset in the mirror


Two state lines crossed and over 400 miles under belts.
I love road trips….