Drive Across America II

Day one on Pandora
Texas Capitol Austin
The Admiral (Bill Hulsey) shows me Austin. My first trip there and long overdue.
Vietnam Memorial San Antonio
Remember the Bobbo!
I asked a Dorito Chip delivery guy the name of this while getting gas at the only place for a hundred miles. ‘Mount Titty’ he said awkwardly.
Gallup, NM had to have a fantastic hole in the wall lunch spot and yes it did!
11 years ago I did Drive I. I never saw Rte 66. Well hello hello!!
Oldest continually operating hotel in Arizona. If these ghosts could talk! Maybe they will!!
I truly am having a blast driving alone across the country. Sirius helps. Pandora too. Book on tape, check. Bar open at sundown.

Ft. Lauderdale-Okeechobee Waterway-Captiva Island-Cabbage Key-Longboat Key-Cabbage Key again-Sanibel-Marco Island-Key West-Marathon-Miami-Ft Lauderdale

P1060863 P1060871 P1060941 P1060944 P1060975 P1060981P1050554 P1070099 P1070115 P1070128 P1070134 P1070146 P1070156 P1070167I have always wanted to take the waterway across the State of Florida, and finally did that. I started on the east coast and entered the canal at Stuart, FL. Great things to see and it gets you into the heartland of Old Florida. Roland Martin Marina was bustling with bass fishermen busy by day that are thirsty by night. Then the trip took us to Ft. Meyers, Sanibel Island, Cabbage Key, and Useppa Island.

I just LOVE Cabbage Key, so get over there and visit sometime. I wrote a trip advisor post, but there is nothing much to do there and by the end of the day you don’t get that done, so great place to disappear from the grid and enjoy nature.

The next leg of the journey was to the southern part of Sanibel Island, to Marco Island, Marathon, Key West, Marathon, Miami, and then to Ft Lauderdale.  We stopped for fuel and a visit with friends in Coral Gables and I noticed both bildge pumps were running…..not a good sign.  We raced to get out of the marina as we were taking on water RAPIDLY from a blown shaft seal.  I called my office and we found a lift that was waiting for us and all was well.

I highly recommend you take this circumnavigation yourself over a few months if necessary.  You’ll have a blast!

Day 14-16: Mackinaw Island

What a fantastic port to enjoy.  Part caribbean like, part Mediterranean. Fantastic for sure.   The Grand Hotel is and horses power the taxi’s. My guests and I have had a blast.  Met nice people and all that!  I must say it is much nicer after the day trippers leave and the night begins.