As promised to some friends, I took some road hat selfies along the way (these are not your normal road hats, by the way). They come from the vast collection of hats that I often forget to wear. Looking for any opportunity (read: excuse) to wear them, I packed a bunch into the car and had some fun along the way.
Here are just a couple from the journey (my dad gets into the fun a little later on - go, dad!)
Traveled with my Aunt Judy and Uncle Marvin across Tennessee to Gatlinburg, we had an awesome time. Perhaps the best moment was during the pre-show Lumberjack Feud, when on the board my dad was suddenly featured as the "Star of Duck Dynasty". For those who know my dad, this was an awesome moment in his life and mine. I nearly fell over laughing.
After our adventures in Gatlinburg, we returned to Murfreesboro, where I left the family to travel to Ohio to meet up with a friend, then on to Pennsylvania for our writers' residency at Seton Hill University. As usual, fun times were had by all. I returned home inspired and ready to leap back into the writing.
The road trip home from Tennessee was fun as well. My dad and I took an unexpected detour to the Round Table at Hopkinsville Community College. It's funny because I'd just heard about this place from my friend Carrie and literally a week later, I'm driving home with my dad and see a sign for it. Of course, I had to stop. Who knew this kind of fun could be had in Kentucky?
It was great visiting here with my dad and I'm looking forward to the fall when a group of writing friends and I are planning a trip here for a Writers of the Round Table mini writing retreat. In the meantime, my friend Kathleen doctored a photo in anticipation of the grand event: