Photos and Journals from a Wandering Soul
The adventure begins. I left Florida about 9:30. I took RT1 instead of the highway. But I picked up I95 just north of Palm Coast. I arrived at Jekyll Island about 4:30. It is an incredibly beautiful place. The campground is very nice. Very woodsy with nice sites.
I was escorted to my site and the minute I opened my car door, every mosquito in Georgia flew into my car. Within a few minutes I was bitten from head to foot. I started putting a few things in place on the site and they followed me everywhere. In addition to this, the temp was about 96F, with humidity at about 85%. In no time, my hair was dripping and what wasn’t wet, was fuzzy!!!
It wasn’t long before I heard thunder and lightning. It was decision time. And because I was fast becoming a very unhappy camper, I decided to leave. It was time to find a Flying J!
I have stayed at Flying J travel centers for years. It felt like home to be there. I felt some conflict about my decision to leave Jekyll Island. I would go back there, only if there are times of year when there are no mosquitoes.
And it continued to thunder and lightning. And rain. It rained a lot. In the end, I was OK with my decision. I left before the mosquitoes carried me away and/or I got completely drenched.
I continued to drive up I95 to Savannah. My plan was to visit as many yarn stores as I could on my trip; and also, to avoid major highways where possible After landing in the total opposite end of town looking for the store, I found my way to Unwind Yarn and Gifts on Waters Avenue in Savannah. Monday happened to be “knit night” … all day! So I was able to knit with about 8 other women and had a great time!
Of course I couldn't leave without a locally dyed yarn and a bag made by Paula, who was sitting next to me knitting!
My plan for the next 2 nights was to stay in a campground in mid-southern Virginia. Before landing there I drove into Greensboro, NC to Gate City Yarns to meet up with Greg Cahoon, a knitting podcaster. His podcast is Unravelling that he and Pam co-host. Once again, I left with yarn and a very large bag!
The campground was very nice. My site was right on the lake. My neighbors were nice. Wednesday, I drove a short way to my friend Sandi’s. She had recently moved from CT to VA. Her new house is lovely on a secluded, dead-end street. We had a very relaxing day, catching up on just about everything we could think of. That evening, Kitsy and Bobby joined us for dinner and that opened up another line of catching up and we all were amazed at the number of people we all knew. They had moved to VA, from CT as well.
Thursday was interesting. I had about a 6 hour ride from VA to SE Ohio. Because of a very serious accident on I-77, traffic started to back up about 5 miles before the exit I had to take to follow the detour. It turned out to be a little more than 2-hour detour!
I had already been told about the accident by a very nice shop worker at the WV rest area gift shop. I had looked at the detour route she told me about and estimated it would be a long ride!
I have traveled a fair amount and have seen my share of accidents and rerouting. This was a big event for sure, but it was handled in a way that I have not seen before. Everything was covered. All intersections that needed to be manned were manned. Signs were clear. And questions were answered.
But the upside for me was that part of that ride was on the edge of a mountain and could not have been more gorgeous. It was a narrow road and had several switch-back and multiple s-curves back-to-back.
I wish I hadn’t been driving, so I could take pictures and see more than I was able to. There were little settlements of houses every now and then and when I finally go down off the mountain, the road ran along a river.
The impressive part of the detour was how meticulously it was planned. It was well marked and there was staff at every possible intersection that needed to be manned. .
I visited my daughters during this week. Both stops were filled with lots of catching up, food and coffee!
The Dairy Barn Arts Center had a SAQA Global Exhibition, which was incredible. It featured more than 50 years of the art quilt genre, which is an art form first recognized in a major exhibition at the Dairy Barn in 1979. And visiting that area calls for a dinner at the Triple Nickel Diner. Always great food.
My next stop was to visit Sally and her family. I stayed at a lovely B&B. The Pines of Dresden could not be more charming. Sally and I had a great visit and a wonderful dinner out at Rakes Place. But seing Hendrix was awesome. He has grown so much. He was just starting kindergareten this year. It's hard to believe he's already 5.
I've traveled the main roads from Ohio to New England many times. I decided to take a different route to see different things. It was a good decision. PA has some beautiful scenery!
I arrived at my New England destination on Sept 1...
The old barn at Molly's.
Eight awesome years on the road full time.
Another eight years traveling half-time.