The final chapter in trip 05-06. Start a second window for pictures
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Visited with Liz’s daughter’s family at Grenelefe in Haines City, an
easy trip from Davenport. All in all we were a group of nine, 6
grownups to 3 kids, a ratio that kept us reasonably sane. A long
hot day at Cypress Gardens left us limp, but all the younger folks were
ready for more.
If you’re ever in this part of the state, check out Cherry Pocket (if
you can find it) restaurant. Liz tried alligator and pronounced
it “chewy.” We swam and ate and talked and would have loved to stay
longer. The heat and traffic were quite intense, and out of worry about
another van problem, we drove by night out of Florida to Elko, GA.
Two nights with Liz’s cousin in Atlanta, lots of fun. A pair of
twin Siamese cats, Tom and Jerry, had been added to the
menagerie. One night Kevin suggested a Mexican restaurant, so we
Two more nights in Hendersonville, NC, with Anne and Joel, at their new
home. Stan was treated to a ride on the ultralight aircraft
by a friend of Anne’s. Finished up the
visit with another Mexican dinner.
Four great days at Myrtle Beach, even though the weather was damp. Stan
found a cool place to stay where the Cedar Island-Ocracoke ferry dock
has a restaurant
(less said, the better) and small RV campground. It was wild
and windy, and our neighbors all acted like horses!
The ferry ride took 2 1/2 hours and it’s about 20 miles. In spite
of a very rough crossing, we got satellite TV in the van all the
way. A second smaller ferry got us to the desolate outer
banks. We saw the moved lighthouse,
which we’d first seen
as the move was taking place.
Before leaving the area, we spent some time at the Wright Brothers
May Day, made it into VA. One night at First
Landing (Virginia Beach) and over the
bridge-tunnel-bridge-tunnel-bridge and up the coast to Assateague
Island. We do love this place, far from any kind of
traffic except for deer, wild horses, and all the birds on the beach!
By Cinco de Mayo we were ready for our final Mexican dinner, this time
with Liz’s daughter and her husband in NJ. While we were there we
happened to coincide with the annual Antique Car show.
A final long day’s drive and we arrived home on May 7. One last
night in the van, and this year’s trip was over.
Total mileage: 14199.
Time out: 24 weeks and 3 days.