A Christmas tree and Maggie...
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
On Thursday we drove to Pittsburgh. It was a relatively uneventful trip; we made it in 7 3/4 hours. The only problem was the road salt on a section of US22 east of Piittsburgh; there were snow flurries, and the road crews dumped more salt than the total snowfall.
Yesterday we went to the Strip District, as is usual for our Pittsburgh visits. The following are just a sample of the variety of stores there.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
We got back Wednesday afternoon, after a 7 hour 15 minute trip from Bumpass, VA to Springfield. Total distance travelled: 3275 miles; average MPG: 34.13.
On Thursday it was unseasonably warm, which made installing Mr. Toad's early Christmas present very easy. I removed the 245/45R17 summer runflats and replaced them with 195/55/R16 Bridgestone Blizzaks (snows) on Sport Edition wheels.
Now we're ready to leave for Pittsburgh on December 10 (Thursday).
We made a quick return trip -- Ft. Myers to Florence, SC on Monday. Here are a couple of the more common signs alone the highway in FL:
Less common, but equally ignored:
Friday, December 4, 2009
This was shot from ground level, directly below M&J's condo. This is typical of the views they get from their lanai.
We spent a week in Ft. Myers, and it was very enjoyable, not just because it wasn't New England in November, but also because of our wonderful hosts. Thank you, Marge & Jack; we're looking forward to seeing you again when it's warm enough for you to migrate north.
Monday, November 30, 2009
First stop Sunday was at Estero Lagoon on Ft. Myers Beach. We just missed seeing this Peregrine Falcon catch a seagull, but we did watch him eat it.
Next stop was Lover's Key State Park, just south of Ft. Myers Beach. We went on a 2.6 mile nature hike,
after which we were hot and thirsty, so we stopped at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery for a beer and a grouper sandwich.
On Friday, we visited Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced slew); it included a well-decorated parking lot and a 1.2 mile boardwalk nature trail over a part of the slough.
In the afternoon we visited friend Dick in Naples. We were amazed by the ostentatious displays of new money tackiness in the recent housing construction there.