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Travel Diaries – Highway Tragedy in Florida
January 21, 2010 at 11:18 am 0
Over the last few weeks we've been on a road trip throughout the USA. We started in Toronto, went to Washington DC for Christmas and then on to Charleston, Savannah, and finally Florida. Our first stop in Florida was outside of Jacksonville in a road hotel. We were both too tired to continue on, and we'd been stuck in a never ending traffic jam that took us 3 hours just to get outside of Savannah. As frustrating as it was, it was also heartbreaking. Originally we couldn't figure out why the traffic was taking forever to move...seriously, we were going 20 mph for 2 hours straight. It was like we were in a street parade for Senior's Day! So of course we started getting frustrated and agitated...until we came upon the real reason the traffic had been so backed up. There was a massive crash involving a semi truck and four cars and all of them were completely destroyed. There were five police cars around, skid marks everywhere, a few tow trucks...and a Hearse. No ambulance, just a Hearse. This whole scene really haunted me. The cars all looked like they had been put through a garbage compactor and I couldn't stop thinking about the people that used to be in them. Mothers, daughters, sons, friends, colleagues...those people could be so many important things to so many different people. And now they are gone. Then of course my thoughts turned inside our car, and thinking about how much I care about my fiancé, and how I would be completely devastated if he wasn't with me. So after holding back some tears we chatted about how many crazy accidents we've seen on this trip. And how none of them were worth it. We decided to slow down, enjoy the drive, and chill out with the passing, speeding, and other carryings on that put us closer to harms way. Sometimes it's okay to get to a destination later, especially if it means you arrive alive.
Travel Diaries – Road Trip: Charleston
December 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm 1
Christmas is over, it went well, and our trip to Washington DC has wharfed into a whole new adventure! We're going to the Florida Keys! In the beginning of planning our trip we decided we wanted to see many of the cities and sights along the way to Florida. Since flying to all these different places would be way too expensive we decided a road trip would be a fun and less expensive way to see all these great places along the way. We came up with a general plan, and then asked our frequent traveller friends for their recommendations. Charleston was a city that everyone kept on recommending. And I can see why. It's a lovely city. So beautiful and charming and historical. There are so many small streets, with well maintained buildings, and whole lot of that Southern Charm. We planned on only spending a few hours in Charleston. But we got pulled in. We walked randomly around the city, admired the architecture and unique character of the city, strolled some more, stopped for a glass of wine, and continued on. Several hours later we found ourselves surprised at how much time had passed! So instead of charging on we stayed at a local hotel and kept on enjoying! If I could do this leg of the trip differently I would have spent more time in Charleston, and taken a guided tour to learn about all the history. But, since we need to be in Key West in a few days it's time to motor on! Up Next: Savannah
Weekend Warrior: Road Trips in Southern Ontario
June 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm 0
This weekend my boyfriend and I departed from our normal schedule. Instead of waking up late, watching movies, going for coffee and strolling around the city we decided to take a little road trip. On Saturday we went to Blue Mountain, Ontario. It was a two hour drive and when we stepped out of the car we discovered that it was still freezing up North! Somehow I’d forgotten that two hours North makes a big difference, and what feels warm in Toronto, feels very different in Blue Mountain. We were so chilly that we ran for cover in a restaurant as soon as we arrived! We only spent about two hours in Blue Mountain - having lunch, taking a quick walk, and then heating up with a coffee. We were both relieved to jump in the car again and head back to the warmer climate in the city. On the way home we drove through Kleinberg. It’s such a lovely and charming little town…..I’ve already planned what my yard would look like if I lived there, how I’d walk my imaginary kids to school, and the lovely dinner parties that I’d host in my country manor…..