A 3 ½ hour flight brings both the nation-wide familiarity of freeways and Dunkin Donuts but also stark contrast between the brown and dry drought of California and the lush and green of Tennessee.
It's a 2 1/2 hour drive from Nashville airport to the reunion site on Kentucky Lake. In a 30 mile stretch of highway we pass at least 10 churches, 2 pawn shops (1 a pawn and gun combo), and one gun shop.
We find we have no cell phone coverage or wifi. Having difficulties with an international bank transfer we repair to a local coffee shop for breakfast and internet (unlimited coffee refills for hours—imagine!). At a nearby table a girl of 10 or 12 sitting with her family eats a hamburger and a large order of fried onion rings, with a large coke. Her belly hangs on her thighs. Oh America, the super sized. Here are a couple of items spotted at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket:
Though these items didn't qualify for our Must Have in America list, we happily continued making our way through it with other favored treats including milk shakes, cheesecake, burgers (for T), omelettes with hash browns, donuts, and, here in TN, grits! Yum.
The wedding was held at the home of the groom in Sandy, TN. A bus had been arranged to take guests from the reunion site--good call.
The ceremony was conducted by a dear cousin and held under a massive tent in case of rain. Here the minister, groom and best man await the bide's arrival
There followed a buffet featuring an entire roasted pig (no pix for sure).
Here is evidence of some typical brother confusion
And the bride posing with the Moore siblings
...what has she gotten herself into?
The next day the reunion was in full swing. A fine time for catching up
and telling stories
T and the groom
Brothers + 1 and wives
Sisters in law
'Til next time....
Back at Nashville airport, a mobile cosmetics store (huh?)
Meanwhile, photos from the honeymoon of couple #1 in Venice come in :-)