Jianne Does America!

Posted by Mary Ricksen | 12:59 PM | 2 comments »

Smart Floridians plan their northern trips for the dead, soupy heat of summer. Months like July and August. My normally super smart DH plans our CENT travel to avoid bad spring weather and that's why we're on our 30-day road trip in the months of February and March. You know - winter months.

Attached is a picture of the parking lot in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (where we spent the night).

Note the snow on the cars.


I haven’t seen snow in decades and I boast about that fact.

Another statistic shot to the devil’s lair.

We left on Wednesday (our excuses for this trip are two seminars, one I have to attend, one he has to), had a great but boring drive to Tallahassee, where we had dinner with our son (the young’un) at the most expensive steak house in the city - his choice. Ain’t it grand how all kids have a knack for picking the $$$ and the best food?

Wednesday night we watched the weather news and promptly decided to leave Tally early AM in order to avoid the snowstorm. You know something? You can’t outrun Mother Nature - not in a car anyway.

Hattiesburg, MS, is a quaint college/commuter city with a real downtown, friendly folks, and a ton of chain restaurants. Since we decided to favor smaller towns and independent restaurateurs this trip, we had dinner at the charming 206 Front in the historic downtown in a lovingly restored building dating from around 1890. The menu featured eclectic preparations of quail, elk, mahi-mahi, oysters, and catfish. A lovely meal, a great bottle of wine, and then we watched the snow flurries begin.

I posted pics on Facebook of Biloxi (or the bridge to Biloxi) and Hattiesburg: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=129819&id=1384524304&saved

For anyone who's interested in tracking our progress - I'll be blogging each day's excitement or lack thereof. Here the link: www.jiannecarlo.com

Stay safe in the storm and anyone who’s in New Orleans for Carnival - Who Dat! http://www.jiannecarlo.com/AdminCP/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/teeth_smile.gif Drew Brees and The Saints rock!


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  1. Beth Trissel // March 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

    Hi Jianne! Good to get a progress report from you. :)

  2. Jianne Carlo // March 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

    Thanks Beth and thanks Mary for posting. I should be back home this week. What a blast this trip has been.yed