What an interesting thread, I have traveled across my own country many times and lived and worked in every province.My most favourite adventure however was to leave N.S. and travel south all the while keeping a 'slant to arrive in AZ where a fellow traveler was staying for the winter and then travel north west to Vancouver BC... it was amazing! I et so many folks along the way who were most interested in the license plates, a few wanted to know where was this place, and one man followed us for about 4 miles and parked behind us and jumped out of his car, he was so excited...'are you REALLY from N.S?? he was also from the Atlantic provinces and was quite happy to chat with us. He had been living in the south for a few years and said it was rare to see a Canuk (this was a long time ago when most went to Fl on the east coast and Cal on the west.
I must tell you that it was my first experience with catfish and hush puppies...
I am very familiar with all kinds of seafood but this was my first ever catfish...
I drove the rest of the gang nuts because I had 'em for breakfast, I had 'em for lunch and also for supper... if they didn't serve catfish I didn't want to eat there!!
the others had all sorts of different dishes but not me..
I have never forgotten the experience nor had it's like after I left the south,
I did have a feed of southern fried chicken and it passed every meal of chicken I had ever eaten by 100% ...
I tried the hush-puppies a few times but sad to say they were not a favourite but I still love the name...
I never encountered a rude person on my travels, I never saw terrible scenery, I did encounter a few less educated, not rude, who wanted to know more about my home, I did see some less striking (not ugly, just different) places and I also found places that made me afraid to take another breath for fear it would disappear ... and folks who made me feel so at home in spite of my ignorance of their particular ways.
Like so many of you on this thread the downs were insignificant to the highs
and the laughter louder than the tears, and the wonderful feeling of camaraderie was as vast and wide as the continent of North America.
And to all my neighbors here at home and to the south , I thank you for this wonderful journey (yes, even Quebec which is truly beautiful and has a wonderful joie de vivre if you join in!)
thanks to all and I know I will have more of the same as I carry on towards my destination...wherever that may be!
(remember there is beauty in everything and everyone if you look for the spirit )