December 30 – 31 – Heading for Sarasota without our Motorhome

Having committed to an “elite” site at Sun N Fun (now renamed Sun Outdoors Sarasota) and leaving our motorhome on it in November, this was our first trip to Sarasota with just our car.  While that may sound easier … and from a driving perspective it was … trying to decide what we needed to pack and what would fit in our Jeep were unforeseen challenges … whereas when packing our motorhome we had tons of space.

To begin with, we could not recall what clothes we’d left on our coach last month.

After having had Christmas with Scott and family on the 19th, as they were off to Puerto Rico for the holiday, Nancy and family in New Hampshire over the 24th thru the 26th, and finally Doug and family on the 28th, we had one day to pack before leaving.

While we couldn’t wait to get south to warmer weather, we had to admit that for a day or so in New Hampshire it was a winter wonderland.

We got underway early on a chilly Friday morning for a 575 mile (9+/- hour) drive to Florence, SC, roughly the midway point between Langhorne and Sarasota.  We spent the night at a Hampton Inn which is within walking distance of half dozen restaurants.


With the winter landscape pretty bleak, other than the architecture of several cable-stayed bridges,

and a fully-decorated tree atop a car,

Debbie looked for and found a new interest to photograph … the endless differences in vehicle taillights.

Friday morning, New Year’s Eve day, we got another early start and found we were driving through a fog-shrouded I-95 landscape.

While sitting in the front passenger seat, shooting out the back window behind my driver’s seat, Debbie captured a foggy sunrise

and later, after the sun was again obscured by the fog, two more amazing images … particularly as we were zooming along between 65-70 MPH.

From then on, a pretty boring trip which we’ve driven so many times before.  Mid-1960s Volkswagen Beetles always grab our attention as the first new car we purchased after getting married was a 1967 VW “Bug”.

Then, we began to see the predictable Confederate flags, although seemingly fewer than in past years.

We arrived a Sun Outdoors Sarasota (formerly Sun N Fun)

and our new “elite” site.

Ours was a quite New Year’s Eve, although Debbie woke and did watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV.





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