Sunday, November 10, 2013

Good to be alive

Jilda and I have been in eight states and three time zones within the last ten days. The Johnson City Folk Festival is fairly small, but it is a beautiful venue. I have way more photos than you'd like to see, but we had a good time, and I tend to take pictures when I'm having fun.
We said our goodbyes yesterday afternoon after we played our last set.  Then we headed back to the hotel to get a little rest.
This morning, we loaded the truck before sunrise, and we started to eat the free hotel breakfast, but then Jilda saw a Krystal which was next to the hotel. KKKKRRRRYYYYSSSSTTTTAAAALLLLL, Jilda said.
I smiled as I glanced over my shoulder, and we headed across the lot.
We had a delightful experience there. After we ordered, Jilda and I found a table and recapped the weekend. I faced the east and just as the sun crested over the Great Smokie Mountains, the woman set our food on the table. I had to smile at the synchronicity.
When the staff learned we were from out of town, they all came out and chatted us up as we munched on grits, eggs and toast.
A regular customer came in and sat beside us. We all talked like old friends. It got our day off to a great start.
We drove south and pulled into a rest stop to stretch our legs and inspect the facilities. I finished up and walked to the parking lot.
I leaned against the front of the truck and lay my head back on the hood to look at the sky. In front of me, autumn leaves fell like amber snowflakes on a crunchy carpet.
I smiled and thought to myself -- it's good to be alive.


  1. Sounds like lots of fun!

  2. The Law of Attraction, you get what you put out. Nice post, Rick, and glad you two had a good trip. You'll have to post some of those pics.

  3. That's a lot of states in 10 days. You guys sure were busy but you look happy and that's the most important thing.

  4. It is good to be alive and seeing different places must be wonderful :-)

  5. What a fabulous morning and journey. It is good to be alive!

  6. Krysssstaaaall or something - what Jilda said! LOL! So funny!! Take care

    1. It looks like folks are very friendly toward strangers or they were not too busy at the moment. I'm glad you all had a great time. Yes it's good to be alive and I give thanks everyday for that. The day I won't be thankful is the day I hope the good Lord will come for me. I'll surely be thankful when I cross over to the other side.

      Your tour sounded very satisfying.


  7. Anonymous12:31 PM

    I'm sure you gave as much happiness as you got!!

  8. Don't you just love days like that? I sure do. Mine usually involve sunshine, blue skies, clouds and water. Throw in some birds and we're talking a perfect day.

  9. You can always trust a Krystal's.

    It is good to be alive.


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