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  • Oct28

    Glimpse at Gainesville - Go Gators!

    October 28, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    I dragged Cheryl the long way through north central Florida to stop by a couple of places. One was Gainesville - home of the University of Florida and my alma mater. We got to spend a bit of time with an old friend and we wandered by a few of my old haunts.

    The first pic is in front of UF and seemed to sum up the things I worry about when moving back here. That's FL for you...definitely a melting pot for everything!

    We also made a quick stop at the Paynes Prairie observation walk...I had to see if it was still flooded. The water is down a bit from the last time I was here, but it's definitely still more of a lake than the prairie it was when I was in college. So interesting!

    Almost home!
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    My Motto

    Gville!! Most days I wish I never left.

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  • Oct27

    Carter - meet FL!

    October 27, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    Well, we made it to my home state! Still about 7 hours to the new home, but we're so close! Still making our way out of the hurricane/tropical storm warning zone, but should clear the area in the next couple of hours.

    I have to say, crossing the Escambia Bay Bridge looked a lot like crossing I-90 over Lake Washington. Carter - welcome to your new adventure zone!
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    Lidija Kamansky

    Saw that storm a-brewin' and have been thinking about you! Glad you're making it through... What an amazing adventure - it's been fun to follow along! Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :-)

    Cyn's Adventures

    Thanks so much, Lidija! It's been pretty epic - so glad we did this! I'm glad you enjoyed it... it's fun for me to share the adventures. 🙂

  • Oct27

    Operation Outrun Zeta

    October 27, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Today's mission: get the heck out of the Gulf region before Hurricane Zeta hits the area. We have been bombarded with NWS Severe Weather alerts on our phones all morning. We just hit Mississippi...still a ways to go today as we're headed to Tallahassee before stopping for the night.

    Hang in there Gulf region folks. ❤️
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  • Oct26

    Goodnight from Lafayette, LA

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We drove the detested interstate today to make up time and get into Lafayette at a decent hour. But it led to a fun adventure and new experience at Buc-ee's, so I suppose it balances out. And as a bonus, I had connectivity on the road today and could keep up with footprints so that I can just relax tonight!

    We'll be on I-10 all day tomorrow as well, as we're pushing through to clear the Gulf area before Hurricane Zeta. We should make it into Orlando mid-day on Wed.

    Be well, everyone!
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  • Oct26

    Sending healing energy to Lake Charles

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    We just hit Lake Charles, just over the LA border from TX and the devastation from Hurricane Delta is still very fresh. As we drove through the city, my first thought was, "why are so many rooves blue here?". Then it hit me that those are tarps and that these communities are still dealing with the aftermath of the last hurricane, even as they face another (Zeta) in a couple of days.

    We're pressing through to clear the Gulf region by tomorrow night, as Zeta is currently on a course to hit this area early Wed am.

    My heart goes out to all affected and I wish the best for everyone in the coming days.
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  • Oct26

    Buc-ee's: OMG

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 79 °F

    So. Who all has heard of Buc-ee's? Raise your hands high now. O.M.G. This place is insane but very fun. It's a crazy convenience store that just lives in Texas and Alabama... evidently the rest of us aren't ready for their version of crack: Beaver Nuggets (I know, I know...I had the same jokes run through my head). I couldn't figure out why Cheryl was so excited to see a Buc-ee's until we walked in and saw the wall of their fresh jersey, all of the branded merchandise and the snack selection. Ye gods. $80 poorer, we staggered out of the store with Buc-ee's insulated mugs, a shirt for Cheryl, more junk food than we can *safely* eat on the trip and word of an even bigger one 60 miles away on our path.

    Send help if you don't hear from us...we're going into the biggest convenience store in the world, y'all!
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  • Oct26

    Remember the Alamo!

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

    Who hasn't heard of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis and the story of the last stand at the old church? It was super interesting to walk around this historic site and read about the stories of the people who fought and died there in the name of independence. This site is hallowed ground to Texans and its significance echoes down through time and in our cultural references. As I walked through the old church and the grounds, I couldn't help but think about the battles we are facing as a nation today and what future generations will think about this time in our history.

    I'm very glad we decided to head this way in the journey. We're starting to head back to real life as we hit the final legs of the trip. We're on a long road day to hit Lafayette, LA tonight as we want to get through the Gulf region ahead of Hurricane Zeta.

    Take care, y'all!
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  • Oct26

    San Antonio glimpses

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

    We didn't make it to San Antonio in time to explore much but we really liked what we saw around downtown and the riverfront area. Very interesting old city with lots of history, art and style.

    Our main interest here was to check out the Alamo and get a glimpse of the city. Nice stop!Read more

  • Oct25

    On the Road to San Antonio

    October 25, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 79 °F

    Today was a road day. We decided to head to San Antonio via the back roads (it's become a quest to avoid Interstates as much as possible) and got to drive through the Swiss Alps of Texas, along with a number of small Texas towns. We waved at Mexico from Del Rio (we did end up turning around... sigh) and got to see donkeys! Here are a few of the sights of the day.

    We haven't plotted out tomorrow's adventure, so your guess on the location of my next footprint is likely as good as mine! We're now holed up in our hotel watching the Seahawks game: Go Hawks!
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  • Oct24

    Signing off from Fort Stockton

    October 24, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 72 °F

    Well, today we said goodbye to New Mexico, which turned out to be our favorite state so far. Super interesting, beautiful, outdoorsy with a quirky sense of humor. If states had dating profiles, I think New Mexico would be busy!

    After the lightning fast stop at GMNP, we took the back roads toward Fort Stockton, going through Pecos. Because why not? We were on an "RM" road for a good chunk of the way...which I learned means "Ranch to Market" road. It was an interesting little town!

    We're settled in for the night in Fort Stockton and thinking of heading further South via San Antonio/The Alamo route tomorrow. Unless something shiny catches our eyes...then who knows?!

    Goodnight peeps. Hope everyone had a lovely Saturday (at least my phone says it's Saturday. I've lost track!).
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