Ham Jam - My Family Travels

About three years ago my family and I decided to take a trip to Maryville Tennessee for the first Ham Jam in many years. The trip was going to last three days but take eight hours to get there and then about two to find the barn where the Ham Jam was being held. The trip there flew by because I slept most of the way. 

     On our way to the Ham Jam we had to travel through the mountains. That is hard enough with all the twists and turns and side roads. To make it worse we were using directions we got from family who live there. I don’t know if you have ever tried to follow directions was a hillbilly but it’s not easy. They use all sorts of lingo were not use to. such as, down yonder and up a hill a lick. Not only that, but the land marks they use are crazy. They told us to go down the road, over the bend, and to turn left once we pass the creek. Sounds easy enough right? Wrong. They also said on the way there you will pass an old red barn and if you reach the house with the cows in the yard you’ve gone to far. Do you know how many old red barns, creeks, and houses with cows in the yards there are in the south? A whole heck of a lot. I will tell you this.

     It was the prettiest drive I have ever taken in my life. I would do it again and again just to see the things i did. There were all types of animals and the leaves were changing. There was even some places to stop and get fresh spring water. Which we did.

     After getting lost about five times we finally found the Ham Jam. And it was a BLAST. My family had games, music, food, and stories from when they were growing up. Have you ever had ham and beans cooked over an open hickory fire? Amazing!! We all just sat around a big bonfire all night and ate food, listened to music my cousins plays, and heard amazing wonderful stories from their childhood. 

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