Hi from Tennessee!

Greetings from Tennessee (we feel like out of State-er’s without the cool southern drawl),

We got into our hotel last night just before 9:00 P.M. feeling quite tired only to realize that we have crossed a time zone. Happy for the extra hour! We are four days into our trip, have been in six states and covered more than 1100 miles. We are having an absolutely wonderful time visiting with friends. We had a blast staying with the Weigner family in Lynchburg, got to see Liberty University’s new College of Medicine and make some connections for possible future med student visits to Tanzania. Then we got to visit Dick and Millie Bransford in Boone, NC. We have driven on part of Skyline Drive in Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway, visited the Natural Bridge and this morning we got to see just tiny bit of the Samaritan’s Purse International Headquarters. We are doing well but are quite tired tonight. I will write more about some of the funny signs we have seen and interesting places we have passed by later. But for now, let me just say this…for those of you who would never consider visiting us in Tanzania because you don’t like snakes, you had better not visit Virginia and North Carolina! We saw 6 snakes in 2 days, 5 of them in a single day and 3 of them within 100 yards of one another. I have never seen so many snakes in such a short time in Tanzania!

Keep praying when you see those blue minivans. We surely need it.

Blessings,
Melissa

PICS:

Skyline Drive in Virginia, and hanging out with Dr. Mike and Tammy Weigner and family (friends from residency days, Mike is a professor at LUCOM in Lynchburg)

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