Journey begins

so when it rains it pours. We were about to leave on our trip when things started falling apart on the homefront. First the heater broke and with temperatures going down into the teens, we needed to take care of that immediately. Next came the plumbing! Our van was all packed to go and I did one last check of the house and found water leaking in the basement. Not leaving just yet. Plumber came and fixed the situation the next day and we left Friday January 9th.

First stop is the outer banks, N.C. where my sister Laura and Dan live. They were gone on vacation but offered their beach house to stay in. It was pretty cold when we arrived so the house came in handy complete with a toasty fire. We stayed the weekend and enjoyed the quiet, a few good runs and tasty dinner at Blue Point.

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Monday we headed for St. Augustine. We joined a group called Boondockers and were able to find a driveway to park in for the night. The couple, Kirk and Nancy, were a very interesting, free-spirited. We had a lot of common threads and enjoyed comparing each others Sprinter vans.


Tuesday up early for coffee and the headed South. We stopped enroute at Jonathan Dickinson State Park and did a hot, sandy, and scenic 5 mile run. Wish we had more time to explore. Did some food shopping at Whole Foods in Boca Raton, (we are not in Philly anymore) and spent the rest of our day/night driving to Key West. Arrived around 11 pm.