Filing this post from lovely Orlando, where we're spending the next week on vacation. Much as we did four years ago, we drove down, although thankfully we didn't try to drive straight through this time. Friday, we drove down to northern NJ to hang with Matt and the gang and stayed over. We and the Siegels hit the road at 5:20 a.m. Saturday to go to St. Augustine, where we'd stay at a hotel and get lunch with Matt and Deb's cousin Jen.
We cranked through the NJ Turnpike quickly and really had no issues until we hit Virginia, where traffic was backed up for miles just because. Once it cleared up, we started to make good progress...and that's when the rain began. It poured on us through Virginia into North Carolina and finally cleared up when we got to
South Carolina. And after an hour or so of nice sunny weather, the rain picked up again. And not just a gentle summer shower, but torrential, can't-see-out-your-damn-windshield rain. We got into Georgia and stopped for dinner and the rain appeared to let up, but as we drove through the state and night fell, heat lightning provided quite a show. Again, the rain started before we got out of Georgia and continued into Florida. But as we got closer to Jacksonville, it finally stopped.
We finally made it to our hotel around 10:30 p.m., and the Siegels and Deb's mom got in at midnight. We got a decent night's sleep and had brunch at a nearby Cracker Barrel before continuing on to Orlando in the afternoon. The rest of the day was pretty relaxing, settling in and hitting the pool later (of course, not before another brief thunderstorm hit). The first of several days at Disney World begins tomorrow. Should be hot, humid and fun.