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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Did We Really Travel All That Way? For 23 Degrees?


Our trip from Michigan to Florida started in snow.  It was light but enough to cause the salt trucks to be working at 6:30 AM.  For the next 550 miles snow was the least of the mess as salt and road sludge splashed onto the windshield making good wipers and lots of washer fluid imperative.

Our first stop was in West Virginia for gas at Ravenwood, a pretty little town just off the main highway.  Still lots of snow on the ground and coming down.   We finally saw dry pavement in Virginia.   By North Carolina most of the cars were clean and shiny, but we knew right away when we were near another "Snowbird" by the salt and road sludge on their car.  Such was the case at the motel in North Carolina when we met the couple in the next room by comparing cars.  They were from Pennsylvania and had passed through deeper snow than we did.  We even had breakfast with them the next morning.  He was a retired teacher, too.
I saw this once-gorgeous-lodge on the property next to the motel and had to take a couple of shots.  It was for sale but it would take a LOT of imagination.
This is the car in Cocoa Beach, our first chance to get it washed.  Since Virginia, a lot of the salt and road sludge had blown off, but enough remained that the couple who owned the car ahead of us recognized another "escapee".  They were from Greenbay and said their drive had been the worst trip they had ever taken.
I guess we were lucky.  It only took the detailers at the car wash forever to clean the outside of the truck.  They had some kind of special solution to counteract the effect of the salt on the car body.

When we got to our winter house there was only time for a quick walk around outside.  Everything was overgrown, but we expect that.  It doesn't look like we lost anything over the summer.  The next morning I was even able to go down to the lake and watch 5 Cormorants diving in the lake. 

It seems as if most of the birds are still in their winter flocks.  I think they will soon split up and start their nests.
By Friday I noticed some damage from the cold that has descended to Florida.  The Papaya trees are probably not going to survive.

This is just sad.  I wonder what else will succumb tonight.  We brought in the potted plants that survived the heat of summer but might not survive tonight's 23 degrees.  We covered some of the plants we worry about the most with sheets.  It rained all day so ice is a possibility.
More later. 
This is just sad.  I wonder what else will succumb tonight.  We brought in the potted plants that survived the heat of summer but might not survive tonight's 23 degrees.  We covered some of the plants we worry about the most with sheets.  It rained all day so ice is a possibility.
More later. 

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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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