Phase 1: Depart Augusta for Savannah to take a quick drive around the town and eat at Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons Restaurant. We departed, but did not get to eat. Paula Deen may seem all hospitable and easy-going on TV, but let the record state that her reservations and wait list policies could please the most anal of personalities. So…..forget her… we ate at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster house, which is her brothers, and it was delicious.
Miles Driven: 134
Temperature Avg: 103…with spikes of 111 on my car reader. Which makes me mean and depressed until I stopped and reminded myself about COLORADO…. then I was at peace again.
Phase 2: Savannah to Orlando
We arrived in Sanford ( outside of Orlando) late, but we made it the same day. The kiddos were angelic for 99% of the car trip, and stops were minimal. It was so hot…very, very hot. Sanford is the place of my birth, and where my parents grew up. Sadly, there isn’t much family left in Sanford, but we did get the chance to visit my Mom’s Aunt and my Mom’s best friends mother. It was actually a very fun day. I hadn’t been there in some time, and the family there had not yet met the children. All in all, a lovely day.
Miles: 265 miles
Phase 3: Sanford to Pensacola
We arrived this afternoon and within the hour, both kids were in their bathing suits and basking in Bampy’s undivided attention. My father and the children are mutually in love, and were both very happy to see on another. The kids were amazing again today, which was a bit surprising. We have been pushing them pretty hard with driving long days and visiting relatives, in heat that suffocates, but they rose to the occasion.
A strange parenting moment… realizing my children have left their toddler-hood and grown into little people. Who can eat at restaurants, and travel and be reasoned wtih ( usually to all points above). It is both exciting, and a bit strange to be leaving the diaper-bag-carrying-and-can’t-miss-naptime phase. In fact, they didn’t even require potty breaks outside of what the adults could handle… helped by the fact that they were travelling with me and my mother, who are not going to win medals for fewest stops.
Grand Total: 889 miles, about 15 hours of car time, a dozen episodes of Mighty Mouse, 2 Happy Meals, 111 degree high and 93 degree low, 1 Holiday Inn Express that didn’t have A/C, lots of conversation.
A good trip. Pictures to come, this driver is tired. And Phase 4 to Augusta will be happening next week…..