Didn’t go into Savannah this morning. The big winter storm that has been kicking the southeast with snow was pouring rain pretty heavily on us, so I decided to head on down the road and get to Orlando. As much as I’ve wanted to see Savannah (for the past 12 years or so), it will have to wait for our return trip.
We traveled through rain all day, sometimes heavy, sometimes so little I could turn to intermittent wipers. Arrived here about 4:15PM to 68 degrees! Way over-dressed for it.
After we got settled in our room, I went down to the front desk and asked Razi if there was a park nearby to take Max for some running. He sent me to Celebration – a small Disney-designed, “perfect town” just 3 miles from where we are staying.
I found the elementary school and Max and I played with a tennis ball for 30-45 minutes until he was panting and ready to get back in the car.
If you’ve ever seen the film “The Truman Show,” you have a good idea of what Celebration, Florida looks like. Perfect little houses line perfect streets lined with rows of majestic palm trees. There was nobody out and about at 5:30, so the whole place had an eerie (to me anyway) feeling of a deserted movie set. Give me my old, imperfect house any day.
I think Max and I are both a little road-weary, having driven all the way from Deer Isle to Orlando in just 10 days. We’ve driven anywhere from 4-1/2 to 6 hours daily, with some breaks along the way to stretch our legs. Max has been a real trooper, and I’m impressed with his equanimity and adaptation to being a traveler.
Traveling with him has been both easier and harder than I expected. Easier because he’s such a willing partner. He loves to be wherever I am, he’s full of curiosity when we stop, and he’ll get right back in thqt car day after day and go along for the ride. Harder because it’s difficult to find places for him to run off-leash every day.
Now that we are in warmer weather, I’m planning to slow down a bit and start to appreciate the fact that we aren’t in Kansas any more…
We’ll be here for at least 2 nights, then maybe head further south in Florida and see if we can find some places to camp. Part of the push to get here was because my son, PJ, and his wife, Julie, are in Orlando this week and we can all meet up for some fun.