Last Photos of Our Vacation

Laughing Gull at Hanna Park by Lee

Laughing Gull at Hanna Park by Lee

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. (Jer 17:7)

Yesterday we wrapped up our long vacation. We spent our last day birdwatching at the Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Florida. We have actually been on the road since May 3rd. A total of 32 days traveling. We left home and drove to San Diego, California (2,400+ miles) and back via a little different route. Our total trip amounted to just over 6,000 miles. We saw the Pacific and decided to end it at the Atlantic. We are calling this our belated 50th Anniversary Trip (2 years late).

With over 8,000 photos, I will have some tales to tell and birds to share (also lots of photos to toss) Some were taken while Dan was driving. Why is it just about the time you click the camera, a bump shows up?

Hanna Park by Lee

Hanna Park by Lee

I didn’t want to say too much while we gone for so long, but now I can start sharing our adventures. Also, apologies for not getting to your sites as frequently as prefered. The unread emails have been building up. Kept up as best I could, but still stayed behind. Also had many blogs pre-scheduled which helped.

Anyway, we have been to four zoos; Houston, San Diego, San Antonio, Jacksonville and two Living Desert Museum/Zoos. Plus lots of other interesting things and scenery. You already saw the Mississippi Welcome Center and the Large Roadrunner.

Sea Gull with feet in Atlantic at Hanna Park by Lee

Sea Gull with feet in Atlantic at Hanna Park by Lee

Our adventures were not just about birds. We saw 3 ships, Battleship Texas, USS Midway and USS Alabama, plus a couple of Aircraft Museums. We also had to readjust our schedule (never really had one) and route because of all the bad weather across Texas. Also had a Tornado Warning group sitting around the TV while in San Antonio. We were near the basement shelter, if needed. Added around 10 new Life Birds, but still analyzing photos for more.

Gull with feet in the Pacific by Lee

Gull with feet in the Pacific by Lee

The Lord has been very gracious to us while we were gone. We have had safe travels and avoided much of the bad weather. Many were praying for us while we have been traveling. Thank you for those prayers. We also met many nice people along the way. Some are now reading the blog.

As we traveled the Lord’s Hand in creation is so obvious. From birds, critters, plants and to the various terrains, there is so many blessings from Him. We are thankful to the Lord for His protection and blessings.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psa 5:11-12)

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9 thoughts on “Last Photos of Our Vacation

  1. Hi – although I’ve only recently began to read your blog, I find it interesting and your photos are great. I also enjoy the family message you pass along with your beliefs and activities. Very good!
    Thanks! Joe

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  2. Thanks for the comments. We actually drove the last 200 miles today from Jacksonville. Now all the unpacking is completed and it’s time to get to work on all those photos and emails.

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  3. Although I thought I liked to travel, I can’t even imagine traveling for 32 days without a pit stop at home somewhere in there. You two are better travelers than I am; that’s for sure. But it sounds like you had a great time — especially if you took 8,000 pictures!!! But I know exactly what you mean about those “bumps.”

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    • Have you driven the interstates lately. Some of the roads are getting sort of rough. I would be trying to get something in view when the road got rough. Lots of blurred photos to cull out. :)
      Pit stops home are hard when you live in Florida and go to California and back. :)

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      • Yes, I’ve noticed some very bad patches on the Interstates in the last couple of years. And the last time my sister and I went to the Smokies — last fall — the main Interstate highway that everyone travels to get there was so clogged up that it took us almost 12 hours to make what is normally between an 8 and 9 hour trip. That highway — usually from somewhere around Knoxville on through to Bryson City NC is always having work done and always holding up traffic, but this time it was just beyond ridiculous. The Inn where we always stay when we go together includes breakfast and dinner in the price of the rooms. So she called ahead and told them our problem, and they put us back a plate of food for each of us. Normally it’s served family style, and they have all kinds of choices for each course. Well, since they didn’t know what our choice would be, they put some of every single thing on each of our plates. I ate until my stomach hurt and still couldn’t clean my plate. But I did take some dessert back to the room with me.

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