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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Heading Home - Road Trip Florida to Georgia

Good morning,

I took this image from the highway as we left Freedom of the Seas and Port Canaveral, Florida, to begin our road trip home.  Our first stop will be across the Georgia State Line.
You may remember this bridge from an earlier trip home from Port Canaveral.  This is just about the spot where I always reach over, take My Honey's hand, and say, "We're on our way home!"
 The scenery was surely different from what we have been seeing for the past few weeks at sea...
...including the highway patrol doing what they do so well.
 The sky was blue and the air was a crisp 65 degrees F.  Back home the temperature won't reach 65 degrees for another few weeks.
 As we approached Daytona Beach, Florida the traffic got heavier...
 ...and we spotted the Good Year Blimp hovering over the Atlantic Coast.  The last time we saw the Good Year Blimp was just before we left Cincinnati the last time.  I'm sure there was some event happening at Daytona Beach.
Ah, my friend the cell tower.  Oh, how I would love to find those out to sea so I could have a speedy, reliable Internet connection.  Yeah, right.  
 It wasn't long before we passed Jacksonville, Florida on our right.
 We headed out of Jacksonville...
 ...past some lovely vacation homes.
 We soon reached the Georgia State Line; only three miles up the road we made our first stop.

This first leg of our journey home took less than four hours which was great for the first day off the ship.  We enjoyed a late lunch at I Hop (ah, yes I Hop!), then retired early to our cozy Hampton Inn.  We had been up since 3 AM so this was a wonderful afternoon to adjust to a more normal sleep cycle.

Tomorrow morning we will be up early for more than seven hours on the road to Cherokee, North Carolina.  We were in Cherokee last November and captured images of beautiful Fall colors.  This time we are looking forward to images of snow on the mountains.

I hope you're enjoying our road trip with us.

Very best,




Christine said...

Have a safe trip home Lois! Have you got your land legs back yet.

Anonymous said...

On tha road again, da dada daa da daaaa da daa da adaaaaa, On the road again....Nice drive, pretty sites!! Cold here. well. it's going to be 53 - that's not Too bad...but it's colder in Ohio.
Have a safe journey!! ...debbie

Karen said...

I always enjoy going away but coming home is also good....

Julie Ferguson said...

Fun cruise... have a safe trip home.


Montanagirl said...

Enjoy your drive - we have minus 31 degrees this morning! We still have tons of snow - but, the sun is shining, and the wind isn't blowing (yet), so it's all good.

Diana said...

I love seeing the Florida photos Lois. I could use a trip there to a nice beach! Have fun on your drive home. Love Di ♥

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lois, safe travels to you and Kjell. Hope you don't run into any snow storms heading back to Ohio!

Christmas-etc... said...

I most definitely am enjoying riding along with you!! These roads are my old haunts...I used to live in Florida and it brings back such nice memories! Thanks Lois!
Have a good trip the rest of the way!

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Everyone,

The trips between ship and home and home and ship are always buffer zones between two very different life styles. When we stop in the mountains we can just plain relax for a few days. It's wonderful!

It's fun having you all along with us. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Very best,

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos from your road trip. I hope you return home safe. Did you enjoy the cruise?

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful shots, really well-captured.

Watery Wednesday

Hootin' Anni said...

Tho I cross our Harbor Bridge a lot, I still don't like those iron trussed bridges...they're scary and 'monstrous'.

Beautiful drive you've taken us on. Enjoyed it all.

My watery link: LAKESIDE FOG

Irene said...

Nice post! Have a safe trip!