Well, we made it! I type this from the cool and shady lanai (a fancy name for screened porch) and am thoroughly enjoying donning shorts and t-shirt, sans footwear.
Leaving Illinois last Saturday, a cold and typically-February afternoon, we drove the short distance to West Lafayette, Indiana, and spent the night with a nephew and family. Up and out early on Sunday, we put on the miles, ending up in Tallahassee, Florida, where we had a Super 8 Motel room waiting! And it was only just shy of 10 p.m., so we had time for a good night's sleep to get ready for our drive on down to Clearwater Beach and another overnight with friends in their waterside condo. Out for a delicious seafood dinner at a nearby restaurant and then back for some late-night chit-chat before hitting the sack once again.
The next morning found us out and on the road once more. This time, our destination was North Port, Florida, where we will be until next Tuesday. At that time, we'll cross over to the other side of Florida and hook up with good friends there in Stuart for a day and night and then continue working our way back north. We're looking forward to a few days in the mountains of western North Carolina. A visit to Asheville to see the grave of one of my favorite writers, O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), and, without fail, a stop in Cherokee.
By then, it will almost be time for the long journey back home to northern Illinois. Lots of miles, but that's all part of our adventure! Needless to say, the trip hasn't grown any shorter, yet we both have enjoyed the journey. And now it's time to refresh my icy drink as the gentle breezes cool the 80° day...MLA