If you were following along this time last year then you know my daughters and I love to travel and cherish our roadtrips. This week we’re roadtripping it in the south. Our target states are: Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

We began our journey on Tuesday leaving our home in Virginia and traveling south to North Carolina to visit family on our first stop.

After lunch and time with family and meeting the cutest little Cavapoo puppy ever, Shadow, we hit the road. Our initial plan was to stop in Asheville for the night and do some ruby and sapphire mining on day 2, BUT the weather wasn’t going to cooperate and it’s close enough to home to make a weekend trip of it another time.

So, we kept on driving all the way to Chattanooga, TN. That meant over 10 hours in the Big Pig, and a late night arrival at the hotel, but it was worth it. We could see the outline of Lookout Mountain as we arrived, and when we woke up the next morning, we couldn’t see it at all! LOL Rain and fog had set in, but that didn’t stop us.

We headed up the mountain to Rock City Gardens and spent ours exploring this amazing place. There’s something almost magical and other worldly about Rock City. We all loved it. The rain only misted a little off and on, until the downpour started on our exit as we ran to the van.

Here are a few pics from this rather unique place.

After we left Rock City Gardens we headed back down the mountain and stopped at Cracker Barrel for a late lunch. We discussed options, but given the weather and storms that had set in, we opted to drive an hour south to Fort Payne, AL to stop early for the night. I think we all needed it. The girls crashed hard and I was able to get another 10,000 words in for Collision Course.

Today we’re off to do some hiking and see some waterfalls.

So far on this trip we’ve been in:
North Carolina

Not too shabby for 48 hours of roadtripping. Alabama marks the 26th state the girls have explored and officially puts of over the halfway point towards visiting all 50 states!