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... and I notice that all the homes are vacated.
"Where is everyone?" I ask. "And why are the homes up on stilts?"
"These are beach homes," Mom explains. "People move their families here for the summer, and go back home just before school begins. The homes are on stilts to avoid flooding during hurricane season in the fall."
"I would live here year-round, I say. "It's so sunny and warm."
Dad drives to the address ...
... we had a wonderful time getting to know them better and seeing this part of the west coast of Florida. The Lukases had made dinner reservations when we arrived at the famed Beach Club Resort on Manasota Key, which is reminiscent of old Florida (for those of you born before 1970). We had a lovely dinner that evening and on Super Bowl Sunday, Harry smoked yummy ribs in his new smoker. Even Ashley the cat enjoyed her stay in their lovely guest house. ...
We're coming up on week 2 of our stay at the Butler's Isle of Palms house (which is a rental by the way, in case you're interested), totally spoiled and finding it a little difficult to move on with our journey. Cliff and Kathy offered us a stay in this incredible place on the beach ("it's empty - stay for a month!") on one of the islands clustered within 20-30 minute drive to Charleston.
To keep up with my self-imposed directive of a painting per state, I've been asking some of our hosts for ideas or requests, especially family, because they'd never toss out something that Uncle Meatball did for them, right? These requests often present quite a challenge, usually a subject that I wouldn't otherwise have considered doing, and I have no idea how it will turn out. Actually, the finished ...
... meaningful because the journey is complete. David is overcome with emotion as he has fulfilled a dream held for 30 years. We hug and kiss each other and can't quite believe we've done it.
We will remember this day forever. It will remain pristine, untouchable, inviolate. Time cannot erase our incredible journey across America. It truly has been the cycling vacation of a life time.