We had planned an extended vacation trip to upstate New York and along the way taking in sites in Virginia. This was going to be about August of this year. My dear cousin, Susan, died in July and our plans were altered. They say there are various ways to see family: weddings and funerals. We once had family reunions and about the last time I saw Susan was at family picnic. God bless Susan.
We attended Susan’s memorial service in Cary, NC, then went on to Williamsburg and Norfolk, VA. In just a very short time, we took a ferry to Jamestown, stayed one night in a rotten hotel, went to the core of historic Williamsburg – wishing we could stay longer, stayed at a cool hotel, and headed through a tunnel to Norfolk. In Norfolk, we re-visited areas from the past, when my friend’s father was serving in the U.S. Navy at Norfolk. It was a trip down memory lane for him.
We returned to Florida, via North Carolina. We had hoped we could see more of North Carolina, but we mis-calculated the time it took for travel.
On the final day of our sojourn, we returned to our home state of Florida. Naturally, we then drove through two huge thnderstorms (what else?). The Google Maps directions were so lousy, that we were unable to stop to see a family member in Orlando. Google Maps had not included the correct exit number. When we returned home, we looked up the directions and discovered the error on Google Maps – it was not our error, as much as many people today wish to blame the people rather than the computers! (The idea is that it’s the people who are BEHIND the computer operations. In other words, it’s like always blaming the driver, when things might be mucked up under the hood – in the engine.
Rather than spend the entire evening searching for the address of the Orlando family member, we decided it would be best to return home. We did so, and arrived at our South Florida home about 2 am in the morning.
Next summer will be another matter.