Packing complete, it was time to load up the U-Haul trailer and head for Florida from our home in California. Can you say, “Long drive with a 4 year old in his car seat?” Actually, Ethan did just fine, except for those moments across Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas, when he declared he needed to go bathroom NOW with no forewarning. Such are the way of children.
Crisis dealt with by killing weeds on a dirt road off the highway. We did stop in Missouri for the weekend to see my dad. That was a wonderful visit, and were treated to Filet Mignon on the BBQ, plus other wonderful meals.
My Dad has an amazing house, including this incredible indoor pool. Note the sailboat mural painted by a family friend. The artist used spray paint cans as his medium, and note the sailboat detail, too. This is a huge mural and spans an entire wall.
Also in his pool room is a rock wall, jacuzzi and tiki bar. You can see another picture in the image lower. Needless to say, we went swimming every day!
After the weekend, we drove through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama to get to the boat in Florida. What does it take to drive from CA to FL, pulling a trailer? 5 full days of travel. Ethan was a fabulous traveler, not many 4 year old boys I know that would sit happily for 5 days driving across the country.
Once in the Sarasota area, we stopped by the boat in the marina in order to show Ethan the new sailboat and where his room/berth will be. He was very excited as you can tell by the photo.
Now it is time to move aboard tomorrow morning after I get a good boat interior clean in. Good times!