If there is one thing in my life I can say with utmost certainty it would be this — if I had spent my youth playing The Tamale Trail, The Southern BBQ Trail, and/or The Southern Gumbo Trail instead of the standard Oregon Trail, I would have defiantly chosen to remain a child forever. Looking back, I’m pretty sure I dodged a bullet. However idyllic these Trails sound, they do exist in reality as collected paths of southern cuisine and culture cataloged through oral history. The Southern Foodways Alliance has gathered stories and media, plotting it on an interactive map replete with trip-planning tools. Though the stories are engaging, with destinations like Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue I can’t imagine a road trip would take much convincing.