Southern California: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

January 15-20, 2015 After my day at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve I drive to see my new friends Micheline and David for dinner in Carlsbad at Paon Restaurant on 2975 Roosevelt Ave. We meet for drinks at the bar and then a table is waiting for us. I have the Braised beef…

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, California: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

January 15, 2015 After two and a half days resting at The Dana on Mission Bay,  San Diego my sinus cold is gone, thank goodness. I’m on my way to see friends, whom I met on the Liberty Clipper sailboat adventure, a month ago. They live in Valley Center, California.…

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California Dreaming-The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

January 12, 2015 After driving 6 hours from El Mirage, Arizona I’m at my next destination: The Dana on Mission Bay .  Every time that I’m in San Diego I stay here, I love it.  Maybe it has to do with the location; overlooking the marina and Mission Bay. Or maybe it’s the wonderful…

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Arizona: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

January 7, 2015 After driving for 3 days from Tennessee I finally arrive in Phoenix, Arizona with a nasty head cold. My throat hurts to swallow and my body just wants to sleep. On top of that I end up taking the wrong exit to the airport. Needless to say…

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Drury Hotel Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

January 4, 2015; At 9am I say goodbye to my friend Cate in Centerville, Tennessee and head down the highway. I decide to take the Natchez Trace Parkway because of its scenic beauty. Part of my journey is to enjoy the back roads and see what’s off the beaten path. There’s woods…

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A Tennessee Christmas and New Years: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

December 24, 2014, After driving a harrowing 10 hours in lousy weather I’m almost at my destination: Centerville, Tennessee. I’m visiting my friend Cate who moved here from Massachusetts to be closer to her brother. Centerville is a sleepy town about an hour south of Nashville. She lives in a…

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Days 32-33: Sanibel/Captiva Island: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

Day 32: 8 am. Sunday, December 21, 2014, I wake up from a wonderful night sleep at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island. The sun is shining and another lovely beach day. It’s just a few days before Christmas and I’m enjoying the last few warm sunny days. I love it.…

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Days 30-31 Ft Meyers/Sanibel Island, FL: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

Day 30: It’s official, I’ve been traveling for 1 month. I have a few more days to enjoy the sun and the warmth before I head to Tennessee for Christmas. I now understand why people leave the dreary north in the winter and head to Florida. I don’t want to…

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Day 29: Fort Meyers Beach, Florida: 6 Month Solo Road Trip

Day 29: I leave Fort Lauderdale at 10am after the morning commute, destination Fort Meyers Beach and Sanibel Island. On TripAdvisor I find a beachfront hotel, Neptune Inn. It’s a boutique hotel with only 2 levels (3 levels for ocean front rooms) which I like, not those massive ugly concrete buildings…

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Days 27-28: Back in Ft. Lauderdale down memory lane: 6 month solo road trip

Day 27-28: Flew back to Ft. Lauderdale the night before from Nassau on Jet Blue. Thank God for TripAdvisor and Yelp.  I rely on them heavily for reviews.  I look at the reviews and pictures, then go to the hotel’s website, look at their site and book the reservations. So…

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