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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Photo Diary Feb 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

What's the longest you've ever been away from home?

Other than college, the longest I've been away was eight weeks,
way, WAY back when I was a counselor at sleepaway camp. 
As an adult, the longest stretch was 2 1/2 weeks,
when we went to South Carolina in the summer of 2014. 

This winter, Mr. Goo Shoes and I beat our "personal best."
We rented a little bungalow in Pompano Beach, Florida for the month of February.
We packed up the car, and the three of us -- the third being Sadie --
headed south down Interstate 95.
We took our time, stopping in Virginia for one night,
and Savannah, GA for two nights.
I wanted a full day to see the iconic southern city 
which has long been on my bucket list. 
Driving back, we made the same two stops,
stretching our time away from home to just about five weeks.

It was glorious to escape the usual scenery and winter weather!
Weirdly, it didn't feel exactly like a vacation, 
because we weren't being pampered at a hotel,
and had to do things like food shopping, laundry, and tidying the house.
Yet, it surely was a welcomed escape from everyday life.
And so, snaps from Savannah and Florida make up my 
"Away From Home" photo diary for February.

Technically, these photos from Savannah are from the end of January. Our first night's dinner was at the renowned Olde Pink House Restaurant. The mansion housing the restaurant was built in 1771. Food was as good as the restaurant is pretty!

The Old Pink House In Savannah, GA - a great restaurant! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Savannah was as much about the food for me, as were the sights (isn't that always the case???). Therefore, breakfast was considered an important meal, and the Bay Street veggie scramble accompanied with a scrumptious biscuit at B. Matthew's, did not disappoint.

Great breakfast at Matthew B's  In Savannah, GA - a great restaurant! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We had one day to see as much of Savannah as possible. The weather was perfect -- sunny and in the 60's. According to my Fitbit, I logged 19,000 steps (8.23 miles)! Mr. GS and Sadie didn't do quite that much.

 Savannah, GA |  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Our hotel was in the historic district, near the Savannah River. Gorgeous live oaks, with hanging Spanish moss, had me snapping pictures at every corner.

 Savannah, GA |  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

On February 1, we started our final stretch down I-95. As highways go, it's pretty boring, but this made me do a double-take. No, that truck isn't going the wrong way, it's hitched to the one in front of it.

February Photo Diary: A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Another eye-catcher was an enormous amount of smoke off I-95 in Brevard County. Apparently, it was a "prescribed burn" of 1700 acres. I had to google why that would be done. It's to reduce the brush and overgrowth that would otherwise fuel a dangerous wildfire. Yikes, that was scary!

February Photo Diary: A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are we there yet? Almost! Palm trees and warmer temperatures greeted us in Florida.

February Photo Diary: A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We chose our rental based on its proximity to the beach - just a half block away! It was a treat to walk to the beach and see the ocean whenever we wanted to.

February Photo Diary: A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The weather was perfect for the entire month - sunny every single day but one. 

February Photo Diary: A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A minor bummer was that it was extremely windy at our beach. The first day, our umbrella took off five minutes after we sat down (and, I might add, Mr. GS does know how to anchor an umbrella in the sand). The irony was that we had to drive to a less windy beach most days, instead of walking the half block to our own. Kite flyers were happy, though.

Lighthouse Point, FL | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Lighthouse Point, FL | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

On the days we were able to spend at our beach, we had it almost to ourselves.

Pompano Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Lighthouse Point was not only visible from our beach in Pompano, but on our drive up A1A. I shot this out of the car window......not bad!

Lighthouse Point, FL | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We spent most of our time at Deerfield Beach, which was a bit less windy (and truth be told, we liked it much better). The shade of the palm trees meant we didn't have to worry about putting up our umbrella and risk having it impale a fellow sunbather.

Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Sometimes you need to lie down on a beach towel and stare up at the palm trees.......and hope that a coconut doesn't fall on your head.

Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Our backyard was meh, and we spent little time in it. This green fellow liked it well enough, and was a regular visitor. He and Sadie were quite intrigued with each other.

I was a regular visitor to this green gym. There is no way I could be away for a month and not exercise........

Not if I was going to eat this..........

The most delicious pizza in Florida! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And drink this..........

Rocco's Tacos in Boca Raton Deerfield Beach: - A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And fit into my bathing suit. 
Mr. GS passed on the exercise program, and managed to maintain his boyish figure, 
bless his heart. "Dad Stud" was Junior GS' comment, when he saw this picture. I'd have to agree!

Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes 

Last year, when we were in Deerfield, the beach was much wider. The water came up a lot higher this year, and covered the rocks.

Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo ShoesDeerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo ShoesDeerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Dramatic cloud formations, deep blue skies, and turquoise waters were the backdrops to most of our days.

Deerfield Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We saw a bunch of friends and family while we were in Florida. Dining outside on the Intracoastal with good friends was living "la bonne vie." 

The month went by so quickly. Before we knew it, the sun was setting on our vacation, 
and we were packing up the car to head home.

Pompano Beach:  A Month In Florida |Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Good night, moon.

Waxing Gibbons | February Photo Diarty | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

February Photo Diarty | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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  1. When we were in savannah we found it almost impossible to get into the Pink House. So spill. Who did you bribe ;).

    I'd rather have a somewhat chilly day than wind. There's nothing you can do to deal with wind, but you can always put on a sweater if it's chilly.


    1. I booked the reservation on Open Table way in advance - that's my story and I'm sticking with it! Yup, wind is no fun, but we made the best of it, and really can't complain overall!

  2. I think I might be able to be away from home for a month, if I went to beautiful beaches and warm weather! Your photos make it look so relaxing and wonderful to do what you want with no time restraints for a month. The most I have been away at one time is 2 weeks and it felt like an eternity. I am the type that looks forward to being home before we even leave!

  3. This was very interesting to me. We have talked and talked about spending a month in FL, and have frequented the beaches on the Atlantic - Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano, Deerfield, Hillsboro, Boca, etc., as well as the Gulf (Naples) - but just haven't done it yet. Your month looked glorious, all in all. What a great way to escape winter. You'll have to tell us who looked after your property while you were gone. Any issues, concerns? That's something I tend to worry about.....

  4. So many lovely photos! How wonderful to spend a month in Florida.. I would love to escape the winter and hope to manage it someday. I have never been away from home for more than 1 week. Ever.

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  7. What a beautiful vacation!! I am so looking forward to sunshine. The photos are simply beautiful. Have a great weekend. xoxo

  8. I almost feel like I was on a Florida vacation thanks to your photo diary!

  9. How fun it that? I've never been to Savannah but it's on the bucket list. Thanks for a lovely month of photos.
    It was a treat to have you at Keep In Touch.

  10. Hi Amy, oh wow that sounds so nice to just pack up the car with your dog and hubby and take a trip. It looks like you all had a wonderful time and totally enjoyed looking at the photos of your trip. :0)


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