My sister, Geralyn, and I are headed off on a road trip of the southern states of the US. She's trying to reach all 50 states before she turns 51 and I'm going along for the ride.
It turned out the states she hadn't been to are all connected so it seemed a road trip was in order. She'll be keeping a blog here of whatever we get up to. Come along for the ride!
Awoke around 8am as our friends got ready for work & we got ready to leave with them! Said our good-byes to them & Magic & Tiki the cats & then off we went to do a drive by viewing of the State Capitol Building as Tallahassee is the capitol of Florida. This led Danny & I to start checking off the state capitol cities we've been too (we may go to 6 out of a possible 13 on this trip!) & suffice to say, there's a whole other trip there! As we were on a road trip & it was breakfast time, we stopped at good 'ole McDonalds for what I have to admit was a very delicious & affordable breakfast of eggs, hash browns, biscuit, pancakes & OJ! On the road again, this time settling in for the several hour drive to Jacksonville, we listened to local radio as we took in the tropical forest & pink & yellow wildflowers that prettily lined the I-10. Once in Jacksonville, Thomasina once again led us right to a place where I wanted to stop in & say Hi called "Christian Healing Ministries" which is a Ministry of Healing & Prayer. We were blessed to be shown around by a lovely lady & Danny showed me a book in the bookstore called "Fabulous At 50!" which I just had to buy! After receiving some Prayer Coverage & a Powerful Boost, we said Thanks & good-bye & found our way back to the 10 & then Atlantic Way which is where the 10 freeway, which ends 5 mins. from where I live in Santa Monica begins! Once at Atlantic Beach we walked across the hard wet sand to touch the Mighty Atlantic (which was surprisingly warm!) as seagulls & sandpipers coasted & ran along the shore with the wind dancing all around.
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Oh how time flies when you're having Fun & on a Roadtrip with a Mission! Is now the wee hours of Friday, May 10 & am writing from Sheldon, South Carolina where Danny & I have been happily respiting at the lovely home of some friends here for the past few days after a whirlwind tour of several states earlier this week! So picking up where I left off last Sunday morning in New Orleans...
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So it's now 10:15am on Sunday, May 5, 2013 & am writing this from the New Orleans Inn in, well, New Orleans! Which by the way, would Highly recommend this Inn as a Great (& affordable & clean!) place to stay in the Big Easy! So. happy to report that Danny & I made it to New Orleans on Friday afternoon after a lovely drive along the Southern Route from Lafayette to New Orleans which passes through Lots of Lush & Low-Lying Louisiana Bayou. Weather couldn't be more Perfect with clear blue skies & not only not too hot, but actually a bit unusually chilly! Coming up out of the Bayou we entered into the more urban setting of New Orleans as we got back on the I-10 & passed the Super Dome & downtown skyline of New Orleans. Pretty much drove directly to the French Quarter (even though we didn't have a map & really didn't know where we were going!) Being that it's the second weekend of Jazzfest, it was, of course, bustling with people! Music was pouring out onto the streets from various small venues, surrounded by the colorful & charming French buildings with decorative black wrought iron balconies. We saw a Mississippi Ferry off to our right & a line of horse-drawn carriages to our left & we knew we a had arrived in the heart of "The Big Easy". Surprised to find a perfect parking space just around the corner, we stopped & took a little walk around the neighborhood, stumbling upon "Frenchman" Street, where Snug Harbor & various other music venues reside. The amount & different types of live music which was coming from all directions was truly Impressive & was just right for our first few moments in one of the most important music cities in the US! The loudest of them all was a ragtag Dixieland Band that had just assembled on the corner & were playing their horns & drums with Passion, Heart & Rhythm! Once back out of the surprising cold & into our warm & cozy eco-car, we begin our search for a place to stay & after putting out a Special Prayer Request to "The Big Guy", AMAZINGLY "stumbled upon" a hidden away place, appropriately named the "New Orleans Inn" for a Great price that had a room available & wi-fi! So after Thanking God for His last minute Provision, we happily entered our home for the night & settled in for a good nights sleep!
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Yee-Haw! It's the First Travel Blog entry from Lafayette, LA!!! So we've gone from The City of Angels "LA" to Lafayette, "LA"! Trip so far has been So Good! Was surprised to see lush green landscape flying in over Houston dotted with fluffy cottonball clouds! After landing safely, made our way to a Super Shuttle driven by a man from West Africa to our Hertz rental car experienceing real Southern Hospitality all along the way! Once on the road with Danny "Driving Miss Geralyn" in our Great gas mileage compact, European-looking, blue Chevrolet, we stopped for a bite at Good 'Ole Cracker Barrel restaurant where I jumped into an all-day breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits, grits & all the lemonade you can drink! Then we were off to see the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston TX! Never seen a place like this before with it's tropical feel & Amazing Big & Beautiful buildings! Made our way to the beach where the seagulls were much more vocal than those in CA & yes, it's true, everything is Bigger in TX, as the beaches were much wider than those in Santa Monica! Watched sunset behind us in the west as we faced the southern facing Gulf around 8pm. Our "car nap" ended up turning into a full night sleeping in the car, which was surprisingly warm & comfortable despite the teenage kids that were partying & spinning out nearby. Later in the night as the waves could be heard gently lappiing up on shore, I caught a glimpse of a sky filled with sparkling stars & a moon that smiled down on us as it reflected on the water below.
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