“Coming from a small town, it was tough to dream big. When I grew up in a small town in Georgia, my biggest dream was one day to be able to go to Atlanta.”
While the above quote is attributed to the legendary Herschel Walker, it could just as easily apply to the small-town natives who would one day form the Bear Team. From the less then metropolitan burgs of Commerce (Keith) and Lawrenceville (Dena), both of us yearned to see and experience more than our hometowns had to offer.
Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to visit not only Atlanta, but a number of major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville and Charleston. We even spent over a year living in San Diego, an experience that changed us in ways we wouldn’t even realize until later.
Still, our home state called to us; so much so that we returned there after leaving the west coast. Since traversing the country (for the second time), we’ve resided in Athens, Georgia. Athens is a great town, with everything you could want: great restaurants; live music; a picturesque college campus. For the first year or two following our return, aside from the occasional vacation, we were content to spend most of our time at home.
But now and then, the urge to hit the road again comes over us. Despite spending most of our lives in Georgia, there are many cities and towns we’ve never visited, merely passed through on the way to somewhere else, or visited so long ago that it didn’t count.
One Friday night, with nothing on the docket for Saturday, we hatched a plan to rectify the situation. We decided that, as time and finances allowed, the Bear Team would spend a day (or two) in a new Georgia city or town.
This series of blogs will follow our travels from one corner of our state to another. Along the way, we will share our experiences in every far-flung locale. We’ll talk about the things we saw, suffered through, passed by, and ate… both in the city and along the way. The old saying goes: “there’s no place like home.” Well, we’re about to find out if this actually holds true.
Thanks for coming with us on this journey. As is the case with any endeavor, things will inevitably go wrong. When things take a turn for the worse, we’ll do our best to take it with a grain of salt (or a lump of red clay, if that metaphor works better). By contrast, when things go well, we’ll share the good times with you. Feel free to comment as the mood strikes you.
That’s all for now. We’ll be back soon with our first entry in the series. Until then, we’ll leave you with the words of one of our favorite songwriters, Drivin’ n’ Cryin frontman Kevin Kinney:
“I see Georgia
every time I hear that song
playing on an old radio
I see Georgia
every time I feel the rain
fallin’ from a cold October sky”