|the kids excited to be going to Disney World|
We left Friday night after work and dinner. The drive in Virginia was stressful because it was rainy and even worse through North Carolina because it was so foggy. At times visibility was only a quarter of a mile so it was pretty slow going since we couldn't see a thing, but we made it to South Carolina which was my goal. After driving 4.5 hours we stopped in Florence. We had successfully made a dent in our 12.5 hour trip. (Next time I want to fly, 12 hours or 2 days in the car is rough) We found a hotel and crashed for the night. The next morning we got up and continued our southern trek stopping for lunch in Georgia and stopping to playing on the beach near St. Augustine. St. Augustine was beautiful, but very crowded so we headed down to Butler Beach to play:
|getting his energy out|
|they ran and ran|
|and ran some more|
|dark clouds kept blowing over|
|the beach was beautiful|
|the picture doesn't quite capture how bright and borderline tacky the place was|
The resort had a Pizza Hut in it so we didn't have to go anywhere for dinner which was great, because we didn't want to have to fight the traffic out front again. Our rooms were finally ready at 7:30. I was a little bit worried that our rooms weren't going to be very nice and more concerned that it was going to be loud all night long and we wouldn't get any sleep since all of the rooms opened into either the swimming pool or the water park where music was blaring, but by 10 pm everything had quieted down and it was like any other hotel. We got the kids showered and settled in for the night. Despite looking tacky on the outside the rooms were really nice and clean, basically nothing like the exterior, proving you can't judge a book by its cover or in this case a hotel room by its common areas. We had an adjoining room with my mother and the rooms adjoined in the bathroom sink area in the back so it was like having a really long hotel room instead of two hotel rooms with a door on one side.
After setting up a movie for the kids my mom watched them while Jeff and I walked down International Drive, it was weird we felt like we were in Myrtle Beach or even Virginia Beach, but we were in central Florida with no beach in sight. We people watched for awhile and then headed in, thankful that the rest of the week we were going to be staying at a Disney resort whose downside was it was considered to be "too quiet" by some guests, basically the polar opposite of where we were then.