Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow, ice, cold, and Southward Bound

We are finally on the road and driving south to Weeki Wachee, Florida for our annual Winter sabbatical. I can't believe that this is our eighth year spending part of the winter in Florida. The first three years we rented a home outside of Ocala, then one year we were in Old Town, and the last four  have been in Weeki Wachee. We love it here in a little house on a canal, just a mile from the Gulf with beaches and parks nearby. The bonus is that our wonderful friends, Dewey and Elizabeth, are only a half an hour north of us and we have the opportunity to share many adventures together. There are also other friends from the north country staying within an hour or so drive from us. We find that we socialize more in Florida then we do up home. I guess I can contribute that to a more relaxed schedule in the Sunshine State.

This morning we began our journey at 7am with snow covered ground and the temperature a frigid minus two degrees. We experienced some sunshine early in the day but it soon clouded over. The temperature slowly climbed into the double digits as we traveled south. Mid-morning found us at our favorite breakfast stop, Bingham's Restaurant, in Kingsley, PA.

Mary was quite ill throughout the drive with a cough, aching muscles, and a low grade fever. As a result she slept most of the day. Upon reaching Maryland we began to see signs of a Winter Weather Warning predicting sleet, snow, and freezing rain. We also still had snow on the ground into West Virginia. The sleet began to come down during the last hour of our drive. It was 33 degrees at our hotel in Winchester, VA. So, an improvement of 35 degrees for the day. I would certainly be happy to experience another 35 degree improvement tomorrow but that is unlikely as we drive to Columbia, SC.

After checking into our hotel, Mary immediately went to bed. John and I had supper at a Chick-Fil-A and brought back some chicken noodle soup for Mary. I certainly hope she will be feeling better tomorrow.


Sarah said...

Hope mom feels better soon! Continued safe travels and warmer weather.

Dewey said...

Sorry that your journey is less that ideal. I know soon you will break into weather fully above freezing, and then you will be out of difficulty with road snow and ice. Hope Mary rests up and feels better. You both are on our minds and in our hearts today.