My parents, enjoying various cocktails in the South.

My parents, enjoying various cocktails in the South.

Onto Charleston, SC in time for “brunch”. Bloody Mary’s with bacon, pimiento cheese with jalapeño on the side. (Not shown: burgers with more bacon and fried green tomatoes). If you’re ever in town, check out the Big Gun Burger Shop and Bar.

Bonaventure Cemetery, in full bloom.

The Traveller. Complimentary to-go cups for your drinks at Savannah’s bars and restaurants.

The Traveller. Complimentary to-go cups for your drinks at Savannah’s bars and restaurants.

Dad with Savannah’s favorite son - Johnny Mercer.

Dad with Savannah’s favorite son - Johnny Mercer.

Dad, Mom + southern fried chicken in Savannah = #winning! (I had the shrimp and grits).

Dad, Mom + southern fried chicken in Savannah = #winning! (I had the shrimp and grits).

Azaleas in bloom in lovely Savannah, Georgia.

Salt and pepper shaker souvenirs for sale at South Carolina rest stop. Did not buy them.

Salt and pepper shaker souvenirs for sale at South Carolina rest stop. Did not buy them.

No road trip on I-95 crossing between the borders of North Carolina and South Carolina is complete without a stop at legendary roadside attraction South of the Border. Mascot Pedro is everywhere.

Mom and Dad kept wondering what happened. Why was no one here? In their words, South of the Border had become a “ghost town.” The last time they drove through here it was bustling.

Maybe it was because it was 9:30 on a Thursday morning? Maybe it was because the whole hokey nature of these places no longer captures the imagination of kids of all ages in the age of the Internet? Maybe we have enough cheesy themed Mexican restaurants in the rest of America that Pedro no longer computes? Or, maybe it’s just off-season and fireworks and cheap tequila don’t seem like such a great idea?

Feeling like a little kid. My turn in the backseat while on the road with Mom and Dad.

Feeling like a little kid. My turn in the backseat while on the road with Mom and Dad.