That’s the number of nights I spent in Florida. Stops were had in Orlando, Marathon, Naples, Tierra Verde, Madison, and Pensacola.
With the exception of Orlando and Naples (which were either spent in a house or hotel), every night was absolutely miserable to be sleeping outside in a tent. I understand it’s not going to be 50 degrees with a cool mountain breeze. But come on Florida, get it together. It’s the middle of September. It’s time to drop the high 90s, 60%+ humidity days and nights. That’s why I’m going to be hard pressed to ever visit you again. You can keep your Mouse and your Keys. I’ll take my toys and go play elsewhere.
I spent approximately 15 seconds in Alabama as I made my way from Pensacola, Florida to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I know I probably won’t wind up in the deep south once my trip comes to an end, but there’s just something that oozes “home” driving through Alabama and Mississippi that Florida can’t compare to. It’s a comfort feeling. And it’s good to have that back. I pretty much just have driving left today, as I just finished grabbing lunch after checking out Southern Miss University’s campus and stadium. I really liked their setup. Very small town feel. It’d be damn near impossible, but I see these stadiums and wish I could catch a game in all of them to see what kind of atmosphere each one provides.
And off I go! Morton, Mississippi tonight. Oxford and maybe Starkville tomorrow with my night in West Point.
Here’s a picture of one of the ponds in Big Lagoon State Park, where I stayed in Pensacola. It was nasty hot since it was on the beach, but it was an amazingly peaceful place. A good walk was had.
P.S. I owe you dinner in 15!