First and foremost… thank you to everyone who signed up to follow along with my journey. We’re just at the beginning and already we have several friends and family that is virtually coming along, and it means so much to me to know that I’m not going about this all alone. There are people who want to join in on the trip, even if only to read along with it. So, thank you, thank you, thank you… And if you’re not signed up yet, on the right, you’ll find the sign-up page and you can have my adventures, along with my photography (once I get settled) emailed to you weekly. (I didn’t want to overload anyone’s email, so you’ll be getting a newsletter of all blog posts on Sunday afternoons.)
It was a long two day trip… very long. However we made it safe and sound.
Bare in mind, I hadn’t driven (except one little trip earlier in the week) for about 3 years. So, undertaking a 1200 mile drive was, well, daunting. We headed out a few hours after I’d been hoping to leave. (There always seems to be one more thing to do before setting out on a major life-changing trip.) Most of the trip actually went very smoothly. No complaints, and the one little thing that I “could” complain about, we just accepted as part of the trip and joked about!!
All the way down I-95 was pretty smooth. We stopped just north of Savannah in South Carolina for the night, as my ability to judge distances on the road was starting to fade.
The next day, Steve got to see his first palm tree! I don’t know how excited about it he was, but I was tickled. Part of the reason I love Florida is the palm trees… probably having something to do with visiting Florida when i was a kid, but living in Ohio, palm trees just give me a happy feeling inside.
Once near Daytona, we veered off I-95 and got on Rt 4 (I think), to head out to the Orlando area.
No, we didn’t get to Disneyworld, though I wish we could have afforded that, we were visiting a high school friend of mine that just happened to move to Florida the same week we did! (Hi Clint! Love ya!!!)…
Talk about a coincidence… can you imagine? I hadn’t seen him in about 8 years, but ended up finding him on facebook… then find out he’s moving the same week to the same state 1200 miles away! It was weird, and too much of a coincidence not to act upon.
So, we drove a few minutes out of the way to visit with him for an hour or so before continuing on our way. (Besides, it was nice to get out of the car for an hour or so.)
Once back on the path to the boat, we decided to take a different route then google was giving us.We chose to head down Rt17… It’s a little road that heads through towns, but cut several miles off the trip even if it didn’t cut time… and it was… interesting.
On this road, we were introduced to what we’ve been told are called ‘love bugs’. If you’ve never heard of them either… they look kind of like lighting bugs. However the ‘love bug’ name is appropriate. pretty much all but about 3 of them were unmated… yes, they’re flying around mating… yes flying while attached at the backend to another.
Driving down this road which we now call “the love bug road” we encountered plague like quantities of them… It sounded like a heavy rain… it was a swarm of them being smashed on the windshield…
Did I mention that there is a leak in the windshield washer fluid tank? No? Well, there was…
We drove till i could barely see through the windshield, then we pulled into a gas station and Steve (god bless him) tried cleaning off the windshield the best he could. It was INSANE. I don’t know if I’d ever seen that many bugs in my life, much less on my car.
The evening, we finally got to the boat. it was nice to finally reach our destination, though it was hard to believe we were finally there. We called the couple we’re getting the boat from. They’re the sweetest people! I think we’ve adopted each other already. We spent and hour or so chit-chatting then went out to spend the night on the boat, (though they’d offered to let us stay with them).
Since everyone was so well behaved the whole trip, (we had no fighting or arguing for pretty much the whole trip, and all in all good attitudes all around), I took the family to the beach on our first day here. Then, we went about exploring the area and finding what we knew we’d need to find.
We spent a second night aboard the boat and realized that it wasn’t going to work. (Not working while we work on the boat… not the boat not working.) I was having a hard time getting sleep, for some reason I kept waking up, and was having nightmares. So, we found a local weekly hotel and checked it. We’re going to stay here while we work on the boat and get it ready for living aboard. (Besides, it’s also illegal to live aboard at the dock we were at… so it works out better this way. Plus, we get to have showers every night after working on the boat, and have a kitchen in the room, so we can save money on food.
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~more to come soon…