We arrived in Chicago on Monday night, after a long, long drive from Florida.
For those unfamiliar with it, this is what the route there looked like.
Our neighbors told us we took our vacation at the perfect time. Apparently Chicago was a cold hell while we were gone.
What else is new?
Florida was a lot of fun. And super super hot. The temperature during the day never got below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
We split the time between Tampa and Orlando, spending about three days in each city.
The time spent driving felt long, but it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t beyond what I expected it to be. And it felt great to explore different parts of this beautiful country.
I have seen more small towns of America during this trip than I have in my entire life. That’s what happens when you have two boys with alternating bladder schedules.
I also have people waiting on me for pictures. Some of them are angry that I didn’t post a few already.
So now I will be showcasing vacation pics ad nauseaum.
For the next couple of blog posts, you will be seeing almost all the photos we took, sorted out by day and location.
I am glad I have a blog to display them on because I hate giving Facebook access to my pictures. They do this creepy thing where they download my photos without my permission.
And for the people that hate vacation snaps, look away, because there are lots of them coming at you!
Day 1 Friday – Chicago
Stopped at the oasis on I-294
View through the window
Scooby dooby doo
We drove to my in laws place in Terre Haute, IN on Friday and spent the night there. That cut around 5-6 hours out of the drive itself.
On Saturday, we hit the road, with Atlanta, GA in mind as our next stop.
Day 2 Saturday – Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia
You can see half my face in the rearview mirror
My sister and I at the controls
With some late night driving by my husband, we managed to get an hour past Atlanta, to a little town called Byron, where we spent the night.
Day 3 Sunday – Byron, GA
The hotel where we stayed had a cute little produce place next to it. My sister and I wanted to try the famous Georgia peaches, while my kids really wanted to pick some strawberries from the long rows of bushes in the back.
Sitting in the shade
Finally, after what seemed like forever, we arrived at our hotel in Tampa on Sunday night.
Finally in Florida
View through the window
Day 4 Monday, Memorial Day – Tampa.
Lowry Park Zoo
Alligator, I think. Not sure. Could be a crocodile.
Giraffe and elephants.
Did I mention Florida was hot?
Ponies at the kidszoo
Tampa River Walk
I thought I could cram more pictures in this post without making it five pages long.
Road trip 2015, Part 2. Coming soon to a blog post near you.