Lastly, and this is a vast generalization: the places we visited appear to be ground zero for the obesity epidemic. We saw whole families that were grossly overweight, aided and abetted by the many fast-food outlets, restaurants specializing in down-home cooking that’s high in fried foods and starches, and all-you-can-eat venues. I am not being unkind. I simply worry about these fellow citizens and how they’ll cope with our already challenged health care system. They represent a huge population that suffers or will suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and over-taxed knees.