April 10 – May 1, 2016:  The Trek Home   Leave a comment

A lot can happen in three weeks, but this part of our trip involved mostly visiting family and we only took one photo, so this will be a recap.  We left John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park on Sunday, April 10, and drove to Lake Louisa State Park near Clermont, FL (and also near Disney World).  Along the way, we saw smoke coming from a number of directions along the route and finally were close enough to one of the fires to realize sugar cane fields were being burnt for harvest.  Neither one of us had experienced that before, so we thought that was kind of cool.  I guess we’re easily impressed.  Sugar cane is used in making rum, in case any one would like to know.  We learned that in our distillery tour in St Augustine.

We arrived at Lake Louisa State Park around 2:15 PM.  We’ve camped at Lake Louisa before and really enjoy the park.  The campground may be about 3 miles from the entrance, I don’t really know the exact mileage, but it always seems we drive quite a way before we reach it.  Of course, one has to drive kind of slow.  Anyway, we set up camp on site 15 and then visited EPCOT that evening.  We had originally planned on spending three days here, but because of some nasty weather in the Gulf, we ended up staying five days.  We visited a Disney park every day of our stay.  It was kind of like coming home.  When the weather cleared enough for us, we left Lake Louisa, on Friday, April 15, and headed to Georgia.  We spent the night in a Flying J and on Saturday, April 16, we set up camp at Old Federal Camground near Flowery Branch, GA.

Old Federal Campground lies on Lake Lanier.  This is another place where we’ve camped before, and as the photo below shows, it is really nice.  We were in site 39.  The campground is near family, which is why we were visiting here.  My husband’s father and brother/family live here.  We had a very nice visit and the continued our trek on Wednesday, April 20.

Site 39 at Old Federal Campground in Flowery Branch, GA

Site 39 at Old Federal Campground in Flowery Branch, GA

We drove towards Virginia Beach, VA, spending the night at a Pilot near Emporia, VA.  On Thursday, April 21, we set up camp at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA.  The older kids and grandkids live in the area, so again, this was a family visit.  It was a good and relaxing visit, a great time to catch up on things.

We spent a week in Virginia Beach, departing Thursday, April 28 and arrived at a Flying J in Catlettsburg, KY for the night.  The next day, we arrived at my husband’s cousin home in Hume, IL.  I’ve talked about Hume, IL before.  It’s a small town in eastern Illinois and it’s always nice to spend time there.  Very typical small town life.  It was a good way to end our travels for the moment.  We left Hume Sunday afternoon and returned to good of’ home by early evening.  Our Florida travels and the trek home were a real treat this year and both of us were glad we decided to do this trip.  But, it was also great to be home.

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