Well, we were finally able to take some time off for adventure! Woo-Hoo, slap your knee and call me Sally!! Actually I really don't like that name, so don't call me that... Before we departed we made sure that Joon Van had everything tightened up and bolted down as well as the house.
[caption id="attachment_2086" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Joon Van is dressed & ready to mingle[/caption]
The 31st of December, we were ready for take off and we did just that. It took us about 5 1/2 - 6 hours to get to the Florida line. We stopped at the visitors center right at the border of Florida & Georgia, (Joseph O. Striska Official Florida Welcome Center I-75). We made lunch: cooked sausage on our grill and eggs that we took from our fridge so we didn't waste them. I was just going to have almonds, pb and almonds but J' talked me into a little piece of sausage! We had Savannah on a leash by one of the tables they provide at the center. It was a beautiful day and it was glorious to have a tank top and jeans on and not be cold!
[caption id="attachment_2088" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cooking lunch in Sunny Florida[/caption]
For the first few days we found ourselves stopping at rest stops or pretty overlooks (where we wouldn't get run off) and taking everything out of Joon and rearranging so I wouldn't go crazy...we couldn't find anything! I guess it happens even in the smallest of spaces.
[caption id="attachment_2089" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A beautiful rest stop right outside of Tampa going to Sarasota[/caption]
Before we left home, I researched some things for us to do that were either free or cheap. I found some pretty cool things. One thing that really made my trip was one of the first things we decided to join... a drum circle. There is a drum circle that goes on every Sunday night @ Siesta Key and Wednesdays too, at a different beach (Nokomis maybe??) We wanted something to celebrate our adventure & our New Years. After all it was January 1, 2012!! This drum circle was off the hook, it was pretty bad-ass. Totally 100 % free and totally freeing of your soul. We got there super early because we heard that it gets crowded, I thought there would be like 30 people....more like 300 people! Since we were there at the beginning, we had front row seats, that made it so much more fun. They had everything from drums to one solo guitarist, belly dancers, hula-hoopers, this guy with a feather that just totally made the whole experience for me and freedom. We all danced and people watched and just enjoyed the music and company of everybody around. We also were able to enjoy the majesty of the Sarasota sun sinking down below the water...now that is beauty!
[caption id="attachment_2090" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sarasota Sunset[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2091" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The awesome guy with a feather & a ‘hooa’[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2092" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It all started with one drum[/caption]
11- Drum Circle gets bigger by Ayevangabond