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Monday, October 21, 2013

Lady Traveler's road trip to Jacksonville FL and Darien GA

Jacksonville, Florida
October 2013

Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts 
of those who travel the way with us.
O, be swift to love!
Make haste to be kind.

I love road trips, especially on roads I haven't traveled.  And so it begins, another little adventure.

Do you ever say to yourself, 'last week I was in ____'.   Well, last week Rob and I spent two days in Jacksonville, Florida with dear friends we've known since our California years.  After they gave us a tour of the area, which by the way, has the same beachy feel as several west coast towns that we're familiar with, we ate lunch at a seafood cafe that overlooked the Atlantic.  Afterwards, we strolled along the beach where I collected a shell or two, a hobby I began years ago.

Travel TiP:  If you don't have a lot of money to purchase souvenirs, start collecting special items, i.e. rocks, shells, or even sand ... something to remember your travels by.
Sunset on the inter coastal waterway
Jacksonville, Florida 2013
On our way home, we decided to pull off the I-95N to take a detour to Darien, Georgia, and we are so glad we did.  Darien is a sleepy little river town that bids welcome to all who drop in.

Another Travel TiP:  Take time to drive off the main highways and byways to find your special place to return.

We stayed in a cozy Bed and Breakfast, ( www.darienriverfrontinn.com -- we'll stay here when we return next year for a longer visit).  We had a delicious dinner at a romantic little restaurant a stone's throw away from our room, right on the waterfront.  Can't get much better than that!
Welcome to the second oldest planned city in Georgia.
Lots of fun things to do ...
Bike riding, kayaking, exploring the history,
or ...

relaxing with a book
and a glass of wine.
So please ...
... drop by the next time you're in the area.
(deck of B and B overlooking the Darien River)

Wait! There's more... another Travel TiP:  Be flexible with your schedule.  Be open to find new places to explore.  You'll meet friendly people along the way, and for that, it is well worth the trip.

History galore in this part of the south,

On the Darien River in Darien, Georgia
More Travel TiPs:  Pack light.  Bring a book, favorite CD's, snacks for the car, including water; a light jacket and umbrella for a change in weather.  And of course, wear your favorite smile...that's what people see first!

Stand at the crossroads and look...
ask where the good way is,
and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

I wish you oceans of blessings on your next road trip!