Don and I have returned from our Florida trip. I hope my friend had a birthday to remember. Between dives and eating at fabulous restaurants, we explored. Not all necessarily by choice. Greta the Garmin LIES. She lies. She lies worse than sticky handed kid who denies eating candy.
More than once we ended up in The Hood in several coastal Florida cities. Most embarrassing was having to do several U-turns and going by the same ‘good eyes’ and the men sitting on stoops. I’m sure these were all nice people and understood when I shrugged. A happy note, I got to see some brightly Easter egg colored houses. Key Lime green, robin egg blue, Pepto pink, Florida orange–these were all in the same block. And palm trees. I love palm trees.
While trying to find Festival Flea Market, Greta kept sending us to the Florida Turnpike. We didn’t want to go that way, so off we went with the Garmin screaming, “Recalculating!” :-) At one corner of the hood, there was a guy who must have been trying to get some girls rides as he approached cars stopped at the traffic light. Those two young girls needed a meal or three as they were quite thin. Quite sad, really.
As we traveled farther, we decided it was a game of wits. Her against us. We were the big winners. The journey was filled with laughs, excellent conversation, beautiful sites and just being together was soul-satisfying.
My unsolicited advice: when using a GPS buy/print/pick up a REAL paper map.