Travel Diary
February 26, 2003
Nokomis, FL

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The month of February is just about over. We've genuinely enjoyed this chance to learn why people live the "snowbird" lifestyle. All month, we enjoyed the lovely Florida weather, while watching the Weather Channel coverage of various major storms that covered most of the rest of the country. We've also had plenty of rock shrimp at Captain Eddie's, and more than our share of ice cream cones at Nokomis Groves.

Interestingly, Nokomis is located far enough south that we've missed most of the weather systems that have clipped Florida as they have started up the east coast. It is also far enough north that we've missed most of the weather that has come out of the Caribbean and clipped the tip of the state. In all, it's been a delightful place to spend our February with most of the month sunny and in the 70s.

We've spent much time this month hanging out and catching up on our reading, walking, riding our bikes, and watching the interesting birds that feed on the lake we're parked next to. Here's a great blue heron that was about 50 feet from our house.

Great blue heron

We also enjoyed the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota so much that we became members. It's a lovely place to stroll by an amazing Banyan tree, and through their incredible orchid house.

Orchid at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

It's been fun to relax for a while without touring. We're feeling well rested, having played a fair amount of the Hippopotamus Game, and we're ready to hit the road tomorrow. The basic plan for March is to head up to Savannah, and to visit Pete's family in Atlanta and Americus. Then we'll start our trek west on our way to the Grand Canyon. You can expect updates from New Orleans and Austin along the way.

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