Oh GOSH -- those are such beautiful pictures! Were you able to get off the road to capture the winding road photos? I really love that sort of feeling of omniscience looking at the road ones -- as though I'm a set of eyes floating above the landscape. These are wonderful.
To me the only bad thing about going through Chattanooga is that it's so beautiful there is a danger of running off the road as you try to gawk & drive at the same time. I was there in high summer, and it was dazzling.
Years ago my husband and I drove from Florida to near Knoxville, Tennessee. We finally started laughing at ourselves because we'd run out of superlatives about the landscape.
I was trying to remember how many times I have done the trek from NOLA to NY and back by car. Can't count them all but, each one has some memory attached to your photos K. Fortunately,know a few folks along the way so we're able to stop and visit. Although,many have been straight shots.My husband is usually in a hurry to get to the other end of the trip. We've had many a disagreement over as I am more of a lingerer. Chattanooga is a nice town.
Thanks for the glimpse in the South K. It could be a real long time before I want to go back there and see it again first hand.
I think its interesting to find the reactions. While I am sad for this town, there are many others like this in other parts of the US (think Michigan...or even Arizona for its glory days as a mining region)... I know there are other equally sad stories in other parts of the US.
But frankly, I miss the southern US and would go back in a heartbeat. It is, overall, probably one of the most culturally rich parts of America, and harbors the greatest amount of our history. It is also an area hit very hard by the changes in American business practices (read: manufacturing...moved offshore), so very much impacted by the economics of history over the last 30 years.
The southern US represents so very much more than this or any similar small town. Charlotte, Atlanta, NOLA are all magnificent cities, to name a few, that I hope wouldn't prevent anyone from visiting the South.
Cristina, what an intelligent and sensitive observation and perspective. I will always be a "Yankee" at heart,like it or not. However,my attitude about the South is something I have come to embrace. It's too easy to stereotype the South, yet, people continue to hold on to these preconceived notions.I defended and fought them off for the longest and came to realize that people either "get it' or they don't. It's really just that simple.
Too true. And people who are resistant to anything aren't going to "get it". But those who get it about any other culture are doubly rich, as they get to be outside observers and insiders at the same time. As a Yankee, Casimira will always see and appreciate details which are too much a part of regular southern life to be necessarily noted and lauded by the natives.
Cristina, in her gentle, incisive way, shows again how much more there is if we'll only look.
I'm sorry to see that after being gone a few days that this discussion or the beginnings of it seemed to have died off...I had a couple of long discussions with some very fine people I met in Miami Beach about this very same topic. I'm hoping to lure them aboard and add some more insightful impromptu banter here.
I don't understand where the pictures were taken .....what does the thread title mean ?
I'm assuming kerouac is too modest to state the (to me) obvious. The thread title is a sly reference to the book by the other kerouac. Which also explains why one Any Port poster keeps referring to a mysterious "jack"...