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To Florida, and back again… a Mommy’s Story

Crazy us, this past April we decided to repeat our 2,400 mile Connecticut-to-Florida road trip from last year!

We must be blessed with kids who travel REALLY well, because everyone we encountered on our trip looked at us like we were insane to drive from Connecticut to Florida with a 4-year-old and a 21-month-old.

We packed the car with road trip activities for the kids (and even more ideas here), and some of our favorite road trip snacks and headed out.

I’ll not bore you with the details of our 22 hour marathon… save to say that we mostly succeeded in eating our own food the whole way down and most of the way back! I’m really trying to keep to our “real food / whole food” diet even while traveling! But… skip to the end, as the saying goes!

Here’s some highlights of our trip:

Blueberry festival – the boys enjoyed a huge coloring wall, bounce houses galore (cannot believe I let my little boy climb so high!), and of course, blueberry people-thingys!Florida road tripFlorida road tripFlorida Blueberry people

Pool time with his uncle! Our oldest is getting braver all the time. The little guy, not so much! But he enjoyed the squirty fish, and blowing through pool noodles. Also, bending as far-far-far over the pool as he could go without toppling in. He has an amazing sense of balance, that one!

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Florida Pool

One evening we hunted rabbits (none to be found, but a wild turkey was spotted and geckos were in abundance!).

A day was spent at Pine Island on the Gulf of Mexico – so lovely! The boys dug in the sand to their hearts content… but were a bit reluctant to get into the water.Florida road tripFlorida road trip

On the route home, we stopped off in Tennessee to visit my parents who were vacationing. Johnson City and surroundings looks like a growing city with lots of rolling countryside within a few minutes drive.

Due to overbooking at our hotel, we were bumped to Carnegie Hotel, a lovely upgrade!

Our stay was short and after a library stop (libraries are getting so well-planned these days, I definitely recommend checking them out on your vacations when you need some down time, free wi-fi, or to find out what’s going on in the locale!) and some so-delicious BBQ over baked potato (hello!? Amazing!?), we headed home.

Our vacation was fun (and much warmer than Connecticut!) but …there’s no place like … Our happy, strong home!Florida road trip

Ever been to Florida? Where do you recommend? How about a long road trip!? Tell me some stories!

Courtney

Friday 16th of May 2014

Yes I definitely think you're crazy but so glad you are brave enough to do it because what memories you've formed!

We are headed on a roadtrip back home this summer - we do it every other year, but are definitely not brave enough to drive the whole way through. :)

Courtney

Friday 16th of May 2014

Yes I definitely think you're crazy but so glad you are brave enough to do it because what memories you've formed!

We are headed on a roadtrip back home this summer - we do it every other year, but are definitely not brave enough to drive the whole way through. :)

Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

We have a condo in Ft. Myers and family in Daytona. I prefer the Gulf side more though. Glad you had a great trip! Now I wanna go!

Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

We have a condo in Ft. Myers and family in Daytona. I prefer the Gulf side more though. Glad you had a great trip! Now I wanna go!

Hannah Avery

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

Sounds like you guys had some real fun! I love your boy's rash guard suits! So colorful! We recently traveled from Kentucky down to Louisiana with a 3 year old and 14 month old. Long, but went great...well, besides lots of pee stops for our 3 year old! We will do a 9 hour trip up to Michigan from Kentucky this summer. I think summer traveling in the heat is not quite as fun!

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