Sounds like you and Donna enjoyed your trip through the southern states, southern hospitality is a beautiful thing to experence. I have often compared western NY and the way we present ourselves to the remaining states as you have stated. I have a story to share with you over coffee soon about North Carolina and it relates to this very subject, see you soon.
east coast trip
Submitted by Eric [Rick] von k... on December 6, 2011 - 7:41pm
My wife and i just returned from a 2 week trip to visit my daughter in Tampa. We take the normal routes up thru and i have some interesting obsevations. Leaving Florida and entering Georgia there is a nice sign that says "Wer'e glad Georgia's on your mind" followed by a beautiful welcome center. As we traveled, every state had a great clean, and well manned welcome center[ I think you know where this is going] Didn't seem to matter if it was a poor state or more affluent, friendly people Displaying why you should visit their state. I believe we paid around 3 dollars total tolls. When we got to Pennsylvania there was another georgeous center. It was built over the site of a mine collapse. On the monument was the name of every miner who died, and inside was a small museum of mining history, with mining tools and pictures. I don't consider Pennsyvania to be a rich state, but they are proud. When we finially reached our NY border on the mighty rt 90 Eisenhower interstate system we stopped at the Welcome center, It was a 10 by 10 building and they gave us a ticket and proceeded to charge us around 5 dollars to drive on substandard potholed trail.Ask me again WHY do live here??????