As the year 2011 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on all that has happened to us in the last twelve months. It has been the most amazing year. Tim and I have been so fortunate in being able to embark on a trip like this one, and I often have to pinch myself to believe that this trip is really happening.
Early in the year we started serious preparations for this trip. For me, the planning aspect of a trip is almost as much fun as the trip itself, and this was no exception. But nothing could prepare me for how wonderful the actual trip would be – not past road trips, not research and not our shakedown trips.
Seeing all of the incredible sights we’ve visited has just been amazing, but for me the best part of the trip has been spending day in and day out with Tim. Some people wonder how you can spend twenty-four hours a day with the same person, but I never thought that would be an issue for us. These past few months have allowed us to know each other on an even deeper level than before and to rely on one another almost exclusively. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
It’s also been a joy to travel with Kitty. When we set off on this adventure, we had no idea how she would react. We couldn’t have asked for a better travel companion. Kitty has adapted to everything we’ve thrown at her and seems happy just to spend her days with us. She entertains us and continues to draw fans wherever we go.
|Touring Is Tiring
Tim and I cannot believe that the trip is already one-third of the way over. We just won’t think of it that way. Instead, we will look forward to almost six more months on the road. There is so much more to see and experience.
Since neither Tim nor I are into New Year’s Eve festivities, we did not look for a party-type of place to ring in the New Year. We ended up in St. Augustine Beach, just across the bay from America’s oldest city. A new year in an old city. That somehow seems fitting.
|A Visit to the Beach Before Leaving Jekyll Island
|Upland Pine Forest with Saw Palmettos
|Did I See an Alligator in That Pond?
|A "Swamper" Homestead
|Chesser Island Homestead