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Posted By Robin & Jim

We're temporarily homeless while ADVENTURES makes her way up the Pacific coast, but we're trying to make good use of the chance to see some new as well as familiar places as we drive across the US.

After spending time with friends in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jupiter our next stop was Clearwater, Florida to see Jim's dad and some other friends.  What better way to bid farewell to sunny Florida than to zip around on Segways through Fort DeSoto Park?  We saw lots of birds and enjoyed a picnic lunch by the beach.  Remind me again why we're leaving the balmy breezes and palm trees and our friends behind?

segways

We have been enjoying the driving - surprised at the pretty forested mountains through western Georgia and into Alabama, then through Mississippi and into Memphis for a short afternoon break. 

elvis

We took the tram over to Mud Island to see the 1/2 mile long Riverwalk - a living model of the lower Mississippi River.  Did you know that more than 1/3 of the US rivers drain into the Mississippi?

riverwalk vertical

We loved reading about all the history of the region and the ever-changing shape of the River, sometimes swallowing towns and sometimes stranding them inland.  I don't think we appreciated the Mighty Mississippi as much as we should, but we're glad we learned a little bit more in our brief visit.  No trip to Memphis would be complete without enjoying the ribs at the Rendezvous Restaurant - thanks to our native Memphis friends for steering us to the best BBQ!

We continued to zoom through more states, and I regret not having the time to stop and photograph some of the unusual sights along the way, such as the sign advertising the town of "Toad Suck, Arkansas".  You can't make this stuff up.  We made miles through Oklahoma and Texas across Route 40, and arrived in Santa Fe to take a day off to play.  The high desert is so stark and beautiful - a real contrast to the verdant scenery we had just a few days ago.  Santa Fe is full of art galleries and art museums, and we enjoyed seeing the work of Georgia O'Keefe as well as other local artists and photographers.  The sky is a brilliant blue which really sets off the adobe construction and desert flora - so beautiful.

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Our next adventures will be hiking and exploring some of the unusual landscapes and history in the Four Corners area of the southwest.  But our thoughts are still with our boat aboard the EUROGRACHT, making her port call in Golfito, Costa Rica this morning.

 
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