Thursday, January 4, 2018

Coast to Coast: Day 8- Tennessee to North Carolina

This post is coming atcha a tad late! I made it safe and sound to North Carolina a couple nights ago and then instantly got really bad food poisoning and spent literally my entire first night at my new place throwing up every 30 minutes. It was the worst.

In terms of my final day of travel, however, it was a lovely day! We kicked it off half an hour earlier than most of our days. A friend of mine from Nashville told me that while I was staying in Crossville TN that I should check out the world's largest treehouse. Turns out, the place was just down the road from my hotel. Win!

Sadly, the fire marshal condemned the place back in 2012, so it is surrounded by a big fence and lots of scary no trespassing signs. According to the locals, apparently you won't get arrested or fined for going in, so I braved the fences and the 2-degree weather and went in! Being all alone (mom didn't want to leave the car) on a cold winter morning at a massive abandoned (and somewhat vandalized) tree-mansion was a really surreal experience. It's both an awe-inspiring and super creepy place. Totally worth the stop if you ask me, though. I'd like to go back in the future with a friend so that I can explore the place more extensively.

 

From there, we headed out to my final stop: North Carolina!
On the way there, we passed by the second pyramid that we saw on this trip. That was strange. I expected to see the pyramid in Las Vegas, but one in Memphis? We assumed it was some sort of convention center... nope. It was a Bass Pro shop. Whaaaaat? Okay then.

Eventually, we hit the Smoky Mountains, and not long after were officially in my new state. What a relief to be back in a place where I was surrounded by trees and winding roads and hills! I had no idea how much of the United States is flat. Good gravy. A lot of the driving can get pretty mind-numbing! But this? Ah, this was so nice.

After a 7-ish hour day on the road, we finally made it: Pinehurst, North Carolina. My new home for at least the next six months, and possibly more if my marketing apprenticeship goes well. Here's to hoping the remainder of my stay goes better than my first night! So far things are slowly starting to look more up.

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