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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Avoiding the Interstate

 We traveled home on Saturday from Grimmwood.  Chattanooga is a mess right now as they are working on one of the major exchanges that we must drive through to go to or from Grimmwood.One thing I am not patient about is delays on the Interstate. I tend to start feeling claustrophobic when I am stuck in traffic.  

So we looked for a new route and we have enjoyed it so much.  We left Grimmwood and took 225 to Calhoun. On this route we pass the Chief Vann House and the New Echota Historic site. This road follows the route of the Trail of Tears as the local Cherokee were rounded up and moved to Oklahoma. If you are ever in North Georgia, you should stop and learn more about this sad chapter in our nation's history.

From Calhoun we head to Summerville, Georgia. It is such a cute town. We have found two restaurants there that we enjoy. The Willow Tree Grill has yummy sandwiches and plates. I highly recommend their onion rings. On Saturday we stopped at The Crushed Tomato Pizzeria. Oh my goodness is all I can say about this establishment. Great Bruschetta and pizza. Located in an old Cotton Mill is is a very nice place to eat and read all the signs on the wall. They carry some delicious ice cream as well but we had to say no to dessert. Next time we will try to leave room.



The road out of Summerville leads to the Highway of Camps. Many boys and girls summer camps are located in this part of Georgia and Alabama.  Mentone Alabama is such a cute little mountain town. I told Marvin that the next time we went to Grimmwood we were stopping there to look at some of the shops. I saw a sign for a bakery that I need to check out. Saturdays are Farmers Market Day and that would be another stop to look forward to as the famers crops are winding down.

Henagar, Alabama is next on the road and I have heard there is a florist there that has a spectacular Christmas shop filled with ornaments of all kinds. My sis, Leta, and some of her friends made a field trip there just to look for ornaments. That is also on my list. Marvin is getting tired of hearing of all my future plans. However, he is a good sport and is willing to indulge me.  You just never know what jewel you might find in these small towns.

From Henagar we start down another steep incline that leads to the Tennessee River. We turn right and head for Scottsboro, Alabama then we are about an hour from home.  

Marvin and I were  talking about how nice it is to take a different route. I think we can say the same thing about life. We get in our little ruts and we need a nudge to try something new. I think traveling this new route has lifted both our spirits. 

Oh and I do have something positive to say about the new blogger platform. Now I can reply individually to comments on my blog. I never had that option before and being technically challenged I could not figure out how to add that feature. So now I will try to respond to questions etc there in the comments.

Overall things here in Alabama are looking up. We now have a state mask law for the foreseeable future and it seems to have brought down the numbers in most counties. School is doing well. My grands are so happy to be going to school and I know that is the best things for them even if they have to wear masks. Praying there will be a new treatment or a vaccine soon. Do I think things will go back to what we considered normal? I doubt it but I am happy to be able to get out of my home, visit with friends, go to church and shop in my favorite stores.   Life is good. Thank you God for your many blessings in a hard time.

Well I goofed and my Monday post went up today. I guess I put in the wrong date. I cannot believe it is the end of August. See you on Wednesday.


13 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

I was surprised, but very happy to see your post today, Arlene. The new route to/from Grimmwood sounds great. How long a trip is it? I look forward to hearing (and seeing through pictures) some of the places you get to stop and browse. The pizza place sounded very yummy. I am glad to hear that school years have gotten off to good starts for the grands.

Terri D said...

It is so fun to get off the beaten track and travel through some new territory! Joe and I call it going on an adventure. We never know what we might find or see! Keep us posted when you go that way again and get to explore some more!!

Mari said...

Your new route sounds wonderful! So many interesting things to see, plus good places to eat!

Meg said...

Glad to hear all is well, ?Arlene. When I saw you had a post on Sunday, I thought uh oh, something must be wrong. Glad to hear it was a good drive! So many great places to see. How did you find these gems? Were they recommended to you, did you already know about them, or did you just discover them by poking around?

Sandy said...

I absolutely love driving through small towns. There is always at least one cute little shop or something fun to look at. A few years back Jeff and I took back roads to Tampa and we both agree that was one of the best trips we had just driving the countryside and through small towns. I got happy mail and I am certain I will make good of use of it! I made a stitching purchase today. Oh my!!! It is a sampler of which I said I had no need, but this one is different and will take me years to do. I do envision it looking good at the Auburn house.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Meg I usually check Trip Advisor but I also get recommendations from friends. Trip Advisor seldom lets me down but it has happened.

RJ said...

Arlene, it sounded like a wonderful way to travel home. So glad you found so many interesting things on this route. The pizza place looked like so much fun. Was it very crowded??? RJ

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Glad it arrived! Enjoy.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I am finding myself more drawn to samplers as well Sandy. Visualizing a sampler wall!!!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

RJ we were the only people there when we arrived at noon but it filled up while we were there. Everyone was at least six feet away and the waitress wore a mask.

sharon said...

My in-laws lived in Rome Georgia and we often went this way to visit them. Mentone is a great town to explore. You need to check out the Wildflower Cafe there.

Mary said...

Arlene, Its so much fun exploring new places, I love small towns and you stopped at a such a neat pizza place. I much rather explore and eat at a small establishment than a chain restaurant. So nice your able to have a change of scenery too.

Carol said...

I always enjoy going off the beaten path a bit when I travel--you never know what neat places you'll stumble upon. So glad your Covid numbers are falling. School opens here next week and I know the parents are nervous--the kids can't wait :) Hope your September is a wonderful month, Arlene--I'm sure you're looking forward to the cooler temperatures down south. ♥