Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Reward!

Car travel, it always takes longer than you think. We figured it would be 7 1/2 hours the first day and the same the second. Compared to many of my car trips, that sounded like a piece of cake. Well, the first day we got into our hotel and the kids bedded down by about 11:30. The second day we were up and at 'em. But, an hour on the road for lunch, an extra stop here and there with necessities and then two wrecks a half hour apart on the interstate extended the day considerably. I had visions of being at the beach by 4 or so in the afternoon and settling in to watch the sunset with dinner close by. Well, we arrived at the only Wal-Mart within driving distance of our house about 6:40. I suggested that we make this a short stop, everyone hurry and be done with the well conceived list in 40 minutes. The three adults and two children who stayed to complete the task were all on board. Three giant shopping carts loaded to the gills and 2 hours later we were finally trying to cram the groceries in and around our feet, our luggage, the kids games and on top of and under our pillows and head to the house. The last 40 minutes was pitch black and I'm sure that it would have been beautiful it we could have seen it. That 4 in the afternoon was 9:00 p.m. (With day light savings time, (who likes that anyway) it was 10:00 p.m.)

The one great thing at the end of the journey- this house. It really is fabulous. Any one who wants to stay on Alligator Point in Florida should stay here. It is fantastic. Not only is it on the beach, decorated beautifully, complete with hardwood floors and granite countertops everywhere, but it has lots of sitting areas that give you a postcard view of the ocean, and big bedrooms and baths that are great. Fortunately, dinner was waiting for us from my friend's parents who did arrive early and we couldn't eat it fast enough after no fewer than twenty five trips to unload the car with the luggage and the groceries. I don't think we'll starve any time soon.

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