Tuesday, November 22, 2011


St. Augustine, FL 29º53.144N | 81º19.322W

Last year, our first year of cruising, we moped around on the holidays, thinking we were sentenced to our boat, not realizing we could do what most cruisers do: leave the boat and go visit family.

I never said we were smart.

So, this year, our son Dylan organized a rally at Chip's parents' in Delaware for a family Thanksgiving. Thus, once again, we have rented a car and hit the road. By noon, we had traveled as far as it took us to travel by boat in four weeks. Whoosh.

Our first stop after a 6-hour drive from St. Augustine, was Raleigh where we arrived just in time to see Dylan play hockey.

It was our first time to see him play -- and his second time to score a goal! The crowd (me & Chip) went wild!!!

The next day, we drove north on 95 and just as we entered Virginia got a flat on the rental car. Chip made a heroic highway-side quick change.

While he changed the tire, I kept watch on the traffic flying by a few feet away and bartered a car swap with Enterprise on the phone. We limped the few miles into Emporia, Virginia, on the spare and agreed reluctantly to take the only car they had to offer: a Ford HHR. What could be worse? It reeked of cigarette smoke.

Ah well, it was that or stay in downtown Emporia.

So, on we went in our reeky HHR, stopping in D.C. for a surprise dinner with John

Our whirlwind trip north ended with a quick stop at Baltimore Washington International Airport to pick up Dylan, who attended all his classes and then flew on ahead of us.

The three of us arrived for a happy reunion with Chip's parents in Bridgeville by midnight. Let the Thanksgiving celebrations begin!

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