I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.
I talk, eat, live, and stress out like a northerner. So visiting the birthplace of southern comfort cooking and beer drinking rednecks was a bit daunting to me at first.
I have gotten far too used to visiting my sister in San Diego. I hear the word “vacation” and I immediately start researching organic, whole food, authentic restaurants and adventurous activities in the area.
There’s one problem with that strategy though….most of the restaurants consist of Waffle Houses and Hardy’s and there is seemingly nothing to do down here but fishing.
Therein lies the beauty of the south.
Most southerners don’t go out to eat all the time like us east coast Yankees. They use the food they grow and the animals they raise in their own back yards and make home cooked meals. The south is all about putting the work in yourself, doing things right, and spending time with friends and family.
So, like any other place I travel to, I tried my best to immerse myself in the culture.
I woke up at 5 in the morning, went and bought some worms and Minnows with my uncle then headed to a small pond to go fishing. I caught one small bass and three trees in a span of five hours but I enjoyed every minute of it.
I was able to sit back, relax, and just listen to the sound of crickets and locusts all the while tuning out the stresses from home.
I spent the remainder of my day cooking food and spending time with my southern style family.
The south is truly a different country than the north. They work hard, but play harder. They rely on family, friends, and neighbors go get them through the hard times, not their gym membership. Now the south is not a vacation like going to Italy would be. But in my opinion, a fifteen hour drive and a weekend getaway to someplace know for their comfort is all you need to reset and renew your system.
Where is your favorite getaway?
//The Lokahi Sisters//