|The weather had been so bad all week that I wasn't sure if I was going to actually be able to go on my trip until the day before.|
We had a lovely time driving south and stopped for lunch with my sweet friend Sarah Watkins in Barbourville, KY. We were college buddies and both share a deep love of history, missions, and teaching Bible Studies. Such a blessing to see that sweet girl! I'm now kicking myself for forgetting to get a picture. (That happens a lot to me!)
After lunch Eva and I headed through the Cumberland Gap to TN. I enjoyed reminiscing about old times and the many road trips I took to visit my great-grandmother who was also named Eva. She lived in Eastern KY in the mountains. During my college days I would travel to her house every 6 weeks or so and spend the weekend. We would go shopping, out to eat at Hardees, and to church on Sunday. Great-grandma Eva passed away five months after Eli's was born but she did get to meet him (her first Great Great Grandson). I only wish she would have lived long enough to meet her namesake.
|Veteran's Overlook near Bean Station|
Once in Tennessee we stopped at the above Veteran's Outlook along HWY 32/25E. If you are ever driving this way I would definitely recommend stopping. It was really neat and right off the highway. I thought this would be a great place to take a nursing break but Evangeline kept sleeping so I enjoyed it all by myself. Below are a few photos I snapped.
|There really is a place called Bean Station!|
After a brief stop we continued on to our next stop to visit Sarah Burton Winstead and her husband Nick. Unfortunately I got lost and took a nice scenic route to their house adding almost an hour to our drive. :( I did see a couple of interesting sites while lost.
|The tractor parked at the gas station that I checked out while Eva was nursing. Elijah would have been ecstatic if he had been with me since he loves tractors!|
|Look closely...can you read the caption? It says Possum...the other white meat! I thought this was so funny.|
I stopped at a gas station to fill up along the way and couldn't believe that I had to go in to pay! They did not take credit cards at the pump. I know what a spoiled American I am! The guy next to me had a funny license plate so I quickly snapped a picture, hopped into my car, and prayed he wouldn't take too much offense to my snapping a picture. I felt slightly like Nancy Drew but didn't actually want to meet him face to face in case he saw me.
|Sarah and Eva|
After visiting the Winstead's church Evangeline and I headed to Knoxville for the shower. We ended up arriving very early and I am still kicking myself for not stopping at a historic cemetery site in Knoxville. After I saw the sign I thought about turning around but then I had already driven ten minutes before I reached the next exit. Has anyone ever stopped here? We did kill a little time at Goodwill and enjoyed people watching for a while.
|The random old car I saw at Wendy's.|
The baby shower was an absolute blast! (The baby shower was the whole reason behind my weekend road trip.) It was such a treat to see Emily and her belly! I can't wait to meet Baby Canaan. I just wish she didn't live so far away. :( I was also able to catch up with a sweet couple from college who are expecting their first baby.
|Such cute decorations!|
|I loved the bee theme for the shower!|
On the way home Evangeline started fussing right before the exit for my college so we actually stopped at Cumberland. I figured it was safer to feed her at the college than at a truck stop so we spent a nice time in one of the parking lots on campus. It's so funny how some things still feel so familiar. Although it has been years since I was a student at Cumberland I felt like I could pick up my suitcase and walk right back into my dorm room. I would have never dreamed back in the day that one day I would be sitting in the parking lot nursing my sweet little girl!
After our stop at Cumberland we drove all the way home. I didn't even stop for dinner. Evangeline was wonderful! We drove over 5 hours the first day and 4 hours the second. I am so thankful for our fun weekend away. and for a sweet husband who is so thoughtful. I think our trip should definitely turn into an annual trip.