Wifey and I traveled to Atalanta for Christmas. The three grandchildren 6, 4 and 2 year olds, managed to fill every room in the McMansion with toys. Two days later we filled two SUVs with food and toys and drove the five hours to Florida’s Palm Coast in six and a half hours. We rented a house on Cinnamon Beach. CLICK HERE for a tour of the place
The weather cooperated nicely for this New England couple, with overcast skies and temperature in the low 70’s for the entire week. Southern Florida would have been hideous for this winter lover. I saw mid 80s down there when I checked the Weather Underground app.
I’m not a fan of the lifestyles in Florida. Public transportation is negligible. Sidewalks are few and far. Driving is the only way to get around and it’s not a fun thing to do. Traffic laws, it seems, are illegal to obey. We did rent in a gated community and had no reason to leave because we had enough food and toys for the week.
The kids decided to stay an extra day because sun was predicted. Granny and Grumpy had a flight back to Boston booked the next day, which prevented us from staying. That was fine with both of us, being exhausted after 8 days with the grandchildren. We filled one of the SUV’s with food and toys and drove the five hours back to Atlanta in eight and a half hours. The Atlanta rush hour combined with an accident on the freeway got us the last 10 miles in a mere 60 minutes. Vroom vroom.
We stopped at the spa to fetch our two dogs, unloaded everything, unpacked some and got Sue settled into our home. Me? At 8 PM, I checked the bike tires, attached two panniers, turned on the handlebar light, the front and rear wheel MonkeyLectric light, the down low glow light, and the seat blinky light, and set out for the market to stock up. It was a warm 45F on a crystal clear evening. A great mile ride on the Phoenix MUP in Fairhaven, Ma, was a fine ending to a great vacation with the family. Now to relax back into retirement.
We are both looking forward to visiting the kids and grand kids next Christmas.
In Santa Fe.