I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2" :
"Flying Home with the Snow Birds"
Invariably, when we find ourselves
in the heart of Florida for Thanksgiving,
the return trip to Georgia is fraught
with congested driving, full of delays.
Our family lives between I-75 and I-95,
which are the main arteries
between Florida, and The North.
The typical trip of six to seven hours drive time
between family and home,
required well over ten hours, today, to complete.
(Of course, as Lilli is no doubt aware,
coffee shops are all over Florida,
a great beneficence to weary travelers,
with a plethora, being of the Starbucks variety.)
We started "flying" with the "snow birds" on I-75, northbound,
until they bottled-necked into another "flock"
coming up the Florida Turnpike at Wildwood.
Thank the Lord we still consider ourselves to be Florida locals.
Ergo, we took our first exit, and flew over to Hwy. 301
to continue our "flight" northward at a slower pace.
(Wisdom indicates, that 55 mph on a secondary road
is faster than 15 mph on a major highway.)
Yet, even faithful birds, as we were, must come in for a landing
upon occasion to attend to both ends of the alimentary canal.
One of our favorite roosts for such times is the Starbucks on 301 in Ocala,
which am sure Lilli has found, if she has traveled at all in central Florida.
After our refreshing pause, we made better time,
until it was necessary to join more northern flocks headed home
on the northern side of Jacksonville.
Finally, as we turned left at Savannah,
travel became less congested.
Logic doesn't apply in Florida.
I graduated from high school in West Florida.
This is probably the most "Southern" region of Florida,
though it's the most northern and the most western part of the state.
When I moved to Georgia, I was informed,
that I was "not from the South," although Florida is further south on the map.
This just goes to show you, that Florida is really an annex of The North.
As we used to say during my high school years,
"In Florida the more north you go, the more South you get,
and the more south you go the more North you get."
If you easily understand this saying, then you are either "from here"
or a regular Florida tourist.
If you don't easily understand this saying,
then I've just given you a wonderful opportunity to do a little research,
after which you can amaze your friends.