Here’s a fun fact: it gets hot in Mexico during the summer. We have planned on staying aboard Galapagos the last two summers but when push comes to shove, we head north.
So to escape the hot Mexican sun for a few weeks, Melissa and I put Galapagos into a slip at Marina Real in San Carlos, Sonora and have jumped into the proverbial frying pan that is beautiful Martin Tennessee.
I grew up in Martin and almost all of my family still lives here or in nearby Dyer. It has been eight years since I last came in for a visit. Unfortunately Mexico has nothing on Tennessee for hot summer weather. As an added bonus, the humidity is generally higher than the temperature. Melissa and I were excited to be in a small town where we could walk everywhere and get some exercise. But unless you get up at five in the morning, it’s too blessed hot and muggy to do much outside.
We found a beautiful home on AirBnB to stay while we are in town. Our hosts, Fran, Dale and their dog Gigi are making us feel right to home. Since Fran is a local girl, she knows everybody and is a great resource for reconnecting with the community. Although I grew up in Martin, I haven’t lived here in over forty years. It is fun talking with Fran about people and families that we both know.
Our AirBnb is just a short walk to my mother’s house. Melissa and I spend a fair bit of time making repairs and small improvements to the house and garden. Of course we spend even more time visiting with family and eating. We are enjoying all the artery clogging delights that west Tennessee has to offer; fried catfish, hushpuppies, and great barbecue pork. I managed to sneak in some vegetables one day when I visited the farmers market and brought back garden grown green beans, tomatoes and fresh corn.
Although there is a state university here, Martin is still a farming community. Agriculture dominates the economy and the fields were lush this time of year. While corn seems to be the biggest crop these days, soybeans and cotton are still seen in many fields. The agricultural corporations are changing the area, buying up the land and storage facilities.
When we aren’t busy with Honey Do’s, visiting or eating barbecue, I like to drive around the area and check out my old haunts.
We are enjoying our time here despite the heat. As Melissa and I enter our third year of cruising we have learned to be flexible in our plans. Visiting exotic locales like west Tennessee is part of what keeps our sailing adventures interesting.