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The softer side of the Florida pilgrimage

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's November, nearing Thanksgiving, and what better time to work "pilgrim" into a blog? OK, tongue in cheek, but as I drove South (farther from home and turkey dinner potential) this morning, it was something I needed to do... like a pilgrimage.

You see I started reading blogs by this amazing woman two Sparknames back. She seems to have wormed her way inside my mind, already. Like me, she blogs to keep herself motivated. So, since I was in Florida anyway, I drove on down to meet Debra0818, 3 hours further down the road.

It was the perfect thing to do. We sat and chatted like the friends we have become through blogging, filling in the blanks that don't always make it into writing. And I got to hold and pet Edison, and get my doggie-fix. I've been pursuing canines all trip long, this one was ready to jump in my lap and make himself at home. If you've been over to Debra's blog you've already seen the snapshot.

I'll have another to add when I get home. Debra snapped one of me with my jeans rolled up and my shoes off, with MY camera. Feet in the gulf on a beach near where she lives. It was the perfect day, neither too hot nor too cold. And watching those perfect waves lapping in... well, remember I live over a thousand miles from a coast. This truly was soul-filling.

Between meeting so many committed Sparkers and hugging a cousin I hadn't seen in person in 22 years... and touring the Dali art museum (Marsha and I took that in the day before the race), this Spark "notion" (see, MsLizzy, I WAS paying attention) of going to do this one half marathon has multiplied into a great vacation.

Seeing and appreciating people is something we all need. Which brings me to the homing instinct... my kid sis is hosting a Thanksgiving meal. I might make it back if I drive long days tomorrow and the next day. But... not at the risk of driving drowsy. So I'm now in for the night, and decisions about route (scenic versus quick) will wait for tomorrow.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUNNY332 11/21/2012 10:29PM

    You sure are having a great time and I am so happy for you.

Enjoy the drive home.


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LESLIELENORE 11/20/2012 6:28PM

    Have a great Thanksgiving whatever choice you make!

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KRICKET57 11/20/2012 2:18PM

    Sounds like you are having a great trip! Enjoy Thanksgiving wherever you are!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/20/2012 11:43AM

    Barb, so glad you had a great time with your SparkFriend in Naples. Hoping you make that turkey dinner in an upright position, smile on your face and wanting to drive to Florida again!!! This year I'm grateful for so many things, but getting to know you has been one of my greatest joys!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/20/2012 11:19AM

    So glad you got that chance to go and meet her in person! It is so fun when I get to meet my spark friends. It doesn't happen often but we truly connect. Glad you are having such an awesome trip!

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WATERMELLEN 11/20/2012 7:28AM

    Loved Debra's blog and pics, and so glad you turned this pilgrimmage into a vacation for the soul as well as the body!

Safe drive home, now!

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BD3269PM 11/20/2012 6:53AM

    Great trip! and I hope you make it to celebrate Thanksgiving with your sister emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/20/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon to good memories and good times!

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LEANJEAN6 11/20/2012 6:42AM

    Oh Barb! I am so envious that Debra met yu!--Lucky her! --Drive safe girl!!-----I am thinking of yu--Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 11/20/2012 1:12AM

    Wow! What a great ending to your race -wonderful planning to meet everyone along the way! I will bet those tired feet enoyed that dip in the ocean. Something I am having a little trouble imagining with snow and ice on the ground :P.
Do have a safe journey back, pull over for a nap if you feel tired at all.
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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ANDI571 11/19/2012 11:35PM

    What great memories you have made this trip. Drive safe no matter what you decide.

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MNTWINSGAL 11/19/2012 10:23PM

    Sounds like a great and memorable adventure. Do drive safely!

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KARIDIAN1 11/19/2012 10:18PM

    What a fun cap to your trip- seeing another SP. Relax and enjoy the drive home and be safe.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/19/2012 9:55PM

    Glad you've had such a marvelous trip! Just drive safely, no matter what route you take!


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MSLZZY 11/19/2012 9:32PM

    I have a "notion" that you will be home, safe and
sound, to enjoy that very special Thanksgiving
meal with your son! You've had quite an adventure
and made wonderful memories. Hugs!

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DLDMIL 11/19/2012 9:30PM

    What a great vacation. emoticon

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