All I know of Savannah is that my motel has free wireless. As my Nana would say, “It rained like the dickens,” so I did the sensible thing and booked a room at America’s Best Value Inn, watched “John Tucker Must Die” and ate popcorn chicken from Sonic.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is like a good peanut butter sandwich. It is exactly how I imagined it. Creamy. Easy to spread. Fun to lick off my fingers. Good on apples. Plentiful. Generous. Good even when it’s not brand name.
My pug likes Asheville better than Savannah but I credit the weather with that. It didn’t rain! Although last night the wind picked up for a good 30 minutes and in that 30 minutes my tent shook so badly I could only imagine eight burly men looking like the Brawny paper towel dude shoving the thing back and forth like a game of hot potato. Cub was trembling and I don’t use the word trembling often.
I was told this trip might kill me. People are creeps and pyschos. Who the christ sleeps in a tent across the country alone, my nana asked me. I was told to carry sharp or heavy blunt objects. Upon talking to a police officer in Sarasota I was told to get a concealed weapons permit and a handgun. My father refused to discuss this trip with me anytime I called, as if not talking about it would make me stay safely in Sarasota where I would spend the summer walking my dog on the beach, getting $58 tickets for … walking my dog on the beach. (Which I got the day before I left town. Fellow Sarasota dog-lovers stay away from Shell Beach!)
Anway, back in Asheville my neighbors one tent over are from Chicago. Their names are Bob and Jen. Jen brought me over laundry detergent and Bob likes to fish for bass. On this trip however he’s mostly snagged snapping turtles. A crying shame really. One turtle was so flipping huge the hook broke off in his mouth. I asked Bob if the hook would find it’s way out of the turtle’s mouth and he sort of shrugged, a cigar wedged between his lips and said, “Ya never know.”
When Jen asked me if I was traveling alone I hesitated. (“Goddamit never tell ’em you’re alone,” my father warned.) Well, duh. It doesn’t take CSI Miami to figure out the chick with the pug are without human company.
So I replied, “Well, yeah. I’m alone.”
“Aren’t you scared?” Jen asked.
I wanted to say, sometimes yes.
“No,” I said (with forced bravado.) “There are more Bobs and Jens than creeps and pyschos, right?”
Oh, the naiveté!
On to Gaitlinburg, Tenn. I hear Gatlinburg is the Las Vegas of the mountains.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I’m lying in my tent at 11:30 at night. It’s raining out. Pretty little popcorn rain in a one-man-one-pug tent. If Joe were here I’d be whispering, “This is soooo romaaantic.”
Turns out Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park also has wireless access. Yogi totally is smarter than the aver-age bear.
So! These are the Smoky Mountains. It’s true what they say about them too- there is a blue-green haze that hovers over the forests in Tennessee. Like North Carolina is burning incense and the smoke is wafting to Tennessee.
It’s thundering out in a pleasant way. Please let is stay pleasant all night. Cubbie is snoring. I just ate six chocolate donuts, felt guilty, brushed my teeth, rid myself of guilt breath.
The owner of Jellystone Park drives around on a golf cart with a big “T” on the back of it. He loves my pug. Has one himself. Heard from the girl up at the front desk that I’m camping alone. Said, “If there’s anything you need darling you just let me know.” Then he pet my pug and said, “You got yerself a good companion,” and drove off.
My neigbors one tent over are about 25-ish. Sean and Rachel from Baton Rouge. They got engaged beside a waterfall yesterday.
“It was a piece of junk waterfall,” Sean said. “But she said yes so that’s all that matters.”
Rachel invited me over for hotdogs and s’mores. I took a raincheck, hung in my hammock and read a book. I’m digging the Yogi Bear park … although this thunderstorm is really starting to pick up. Ey! I can barely hear my iTunes.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
I can’t sleep in Memphis, Tennessee. This time I booked a room at the Deeelux, Inn where I could give Cubbie a bath. He’s snoring at my feet in this big scary bed. Maybe he’s happy now that the tree sap is scrubbed from his fur. Maybe he doesn’t care. I hate motels. I much prefer camping in the woods to staying in a motel alone. There are two flies in this room. Two dopey flies. I swatted one earlier with a washcloth and killed it. I set the washcloth on the bedside table ready for the next kill. Also on the bedside table — my pepper spray and swiss army knife. I hate motels.
I gained an hour. It’s only 3:15 in the morning. Only.
Memphis was a whirlwind, last minute detour in the name of my father. He has no idea I decided to skip Louisville, KY in favor of Memphis so I could go to Graceland to purchase an Elvis baseball cap for him for Father’s Day. My dad loves Elvis. He’s never been to Memphis. If he were on this trip he would insist on following the tour guide throughout the entire tour.
The most overpriced souvenir in Graceland — gold sunglasses. And I wanted them too! I wanted them to wear around Sarasota for when I go through the Wendys Drive Thru. Instead I got an Elvis bikini for ten bucks. It was a wise choice. I’ll wear it to the YMCA on Euclid Ave.
For breakfast I want an omlette in Memphis. What are the chances of my waking up in time for breakfast? What are the chances of my finding a diner in this town that serves breakfast all day?