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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A Cross-Country Excursion through the Southern States - Page 6

Written by Josh Mitchell
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When my roommate told me that he was leaving Boston and moving to San Diego, I jumped at the chance to drive with him through the southern states – a part of the country that I have always longed to explore. There are not many times in your life when you are able to dedicate an entire month to traveling.

After we checked in and changed our clothes, we headed down to Five Points South, the city’s top entertainment section.  We strolled along the tree-shaded streets and stopped and admired the artistry of the Frank Fleming sculpture, "The Storyteller", at the famous fountain.  The sculpture was commissioned in late 1985 and includes a figure with the head of a ram and a clothed human-like body – a "ram-man."  The ram-man is seated on a stump, holding an open book in his left hand and a nine-foot tall staff in his right.  An owl is perched atop the staff.  Arranged in a circle facing the seated reader are an assortment of animals, gazing attentively toward the reader.

Following our appreciation of southern storytelling, we headed over for an old fashioned BBQ dinner at Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.  Everything is made fresh and from scratch at the restaurant and after biting into the delicious Spare Rib Sandwich it was obvious that they take their preparation of quality food seriously.


Once we finished eating, we made our way over to The Work Play, an innovative music venue with a dynamic bar.  Stoli Vodka was giving out free martinis; we had a few as we killed time before my favorite soul artist, Marc Broussard, took the stage.


After an inspiring opening set from singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, Broussard started his act with a song from his new album S.O.S.:  Save My Soul.  The show was electric and the sold-out crowd danced and sung along throughout the entire concert.


Overall, our tremendous excursion was awe-inspiring.  From mountains to beaches, bayous to big cities, the southern part of the U.S. is blessed with sunny weather, beautiful scenery, and vibrant people.  Each state has its own unique blend of history, music, culture, natural wonders and man-made attractions.



©Josh Mitchell


To see more pictures and read more about our trip, check out our travel blog





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