~ Paducah, Kentucky ~
I traveled through western Kentucky in 1991 and again in 1993 with my parents and brother as part of two separate family road trips to Colorado. I remember that the roads here looked a shade of brown and there was little to look at but farmland and trees. One time we stopped for lunch at a McDonald's off of I-24 on the outskirts of Paducah, where we absolutely made the day of the person cleaning tables. Perhaps it was because of our sunglasses or bright clothing, but she looked at us and knew that we were not from around these parts. She became very excited when she found out that we were from Florida. I don't think she had ever met people from Florida before. then, excitement gave way to curiosity when she asked what a family from Florida was doing in Paducah. We left the restaurant after eating our lunch feeling somewhat special.