|In the swamps around Valdosta|
We spent quite a few days in Valdosta, hanging out with BJ and Marcela, visiting their workplaces, enjoying great food together, playing with the kids, helping to fix the fridge, going walking in a swamp and in general having a great time. We even got to celebrate one of the girls' birthday! When Marcela heard that we would probably go to Boston later on, she immediately called her brother who invited us to stay with him and his family. It's great to have such friends and we're already looking forward to host Marcela, BJ and the girls again in Switzerland.
|High school football|
South Carolina welcomed us with beautifully mild weather and bright green leaves. Something we've been missing in Asia was in the air: spring! Our next host, Jack, hosted us in his cozy RV, just outside Seneca, SC. As he's most of the year out spreading the word of the Lord, he doesn't have a permanent home. We were his first couchsurfing guest, and he was very welcoming. He introduced us to his girlfriend. Together, they showed us around, took us to dinner, invited us to church and he took us hiking (yeah, I badly needed the exercise) up Table Rock mountain.
|Getting hosted in an RV|
|Our home on wheels - Smoky Mountain National Park|
|Smoky Mountain National Park|
|Lisa making friends|
Soon enough, we set off again, still more or less north-bound. As it's not that far from Knoxville to Kentucky, we decided to quickly visit Cafe Sanders, the first KFC ever. It was fun, but the food reminded us why we've never been in a KFC before. And I'm quite sure I won't step into another one unless I'm actually starving. We crossed into Virginia and slowly made our way towards Bedford, where our next host was waiting.
Southern Virginia is real redneck country and our next host and his friends gave us a good insight into local life. Underage drinking and drug use is common, gun laws virtually inexistent. Most have been to jail for DUIs and/or driving without a licence and many young adults have children. Even though most of them have never been out of Virginia (North Carolina is less than 50 miles away), they opened their home to us without asking any questions. Or with many questions actually, as curiousity is not restricted to the more travelled ones. We spent three not fully sober days with them and Lisa even got to discover another classic of American cuisine: we enjoyed our sloppy joes and mac'n'cheese!
|Crozet - rural Virginia|
More pictures of our road trip between Valdosta, GA and Washington, DC