Highlights of our first three weeks with photos sprinkled in:
Driving south: We saw lots of corn fields and flat land through
Nashville, TN: We started off at the Belle Meade Plantation, basically a horse farm. We had an interesting tour where we learned that one of their horses, Bonnie Scotland, sired Seabiscuit. The house was big and beautiful with numerous outbuildings for slaves quarters, a smokehouse and the gardener's house. I was surprised how well they treated their help. There was also a small craft fair that day so we wandered around that but it wasn't too interesting except for a woman who sold lace things. (I have some lace tablecloths I may sell to her.) There was some neat old cars in one large building which made us realize how the trunk of the car got its name. The car literally had a clothes trunk behind the back seat. (We're always learning!)
We headed downtown for a little walking tour but it turned out that the Nashville Titans football game was going to finish up in about 20 minutes so we didn't have much time to look around and head to Katey's and Sean's house. We saw on an fort down at Riverfront Park and also the football stadium right across the river.
Katey and Sean just got married last summer and just a month ago were able to enjoy the renovation of their home in Nashville. The renovation was gorgeous! We had a nice time visiting and watching the Patriots win. The next morning we were off on a long drive to Gainesville, FL.
In all our driving, I75 in Georgia had the best rest areas: beautiful, big areas with lots of picnic tables and sidewalks amongst trees.
Florida: We stopped to visit Becky's mother in her assisted living apartment on our way down to Ft. Myers. She's doing well and was very happy to see us. Becky hadn't seen her in a few months.
Ft. Myers: It was great to finally reach our destination although we didn't really mind the drive. We painted a number of rooms that only had the flat developer's paint on the walls. They took a number of days but came out great. We're sprinkling in some golf, time at the pool and the beach, reading, biking, kayaking, and sightseeing. We had dinner with a friend of Becky's from UMass, Alita Woodcock-Parody and her husband, Mark. They showed us a great restaurant by the Ft. Myers pier where we had dinner outside while the sun set. It was lovely!
Mark and Alita have been retired for four years so they are really enjoying having the time to do what they want when they want. Mark said the thing he misses most is the Friday high in anticipation of the weekend off!
We're looking forward to seeing Doug Gagnon and Paul Hamel on Friday, Oct. 4!
Next travels: Oct. 10-17, Davis, CA to see Scott and Libby. Oct. 17-22, NYC to see Julie and Michael, Oct. 22-26, Amherst, staying with Gagnons and Mullins.