Check, Check, Check

27 Mar

The week of our 25th wedding anniversary proved we really could check a few items off our bucket list.


We rented a car and began making our way south.  Greenville, SC has been on my mind for a few years now, so it was our first stop.  10 hours and two snow storms later we arrived.  As usual when we travel south, we bring the cold weather with us.  “You just missed a week in the 80’s” the front desk agent said when she greeted us.  Figures.

We didn’t let the cooler temps slow us down though.  We bundled up in layers of “Florida clothing” and headed out to explore the town.


The sunshine helped, and the great barbecue restaurant did too.  We ambled along the Reedy River, peeked into a few shops, and enjoyed the non-hustle and bustle I’ve become accustomed to at the hotel.

Next on the list was Charleston, SC.  Once again, the temps were only in the 60s, but the sun was out, and the town was alive!   As soon as we drove into the narrow streets of downtown I was hooked.  The history there is incredible and much of the town remains the same.

We walked through the streets, listening to the horse tours as they clopped by, trying to catch a bit of history here and there.


As we strolled past the historic houses, we imagined the lives of the people who lived there, and dreamed of living there ourselves.






But neither of us felt like we were far enough south.  So back in the car we got and continued our trip down the coast.



Halfway down, we stopped at Flagler Beach for ice cream and a stroll down the beach while the sun set.  Still bundled up, but beautiful (and tasty) just the same.

On the day of our anniversary we finally got the warm weather and sun we had been craving.  Our gift to each other was to attend a Cardinal baseball spring training game – something that had been on both of our bucket lists for a long time – and it proved to be well worth the wait.


Maybe not a typical way to spend a 25th wedding anniversary, but it fit us perfectly.  We topped it off with a burger and fries in West Palm Beach, and a fancy hotel.  Ok, that part didn’t fit us perfectly, but it was a nice splurge just the same.

We ended our week long road trip at my dad’s place.  We felt more spoiled there than we did in the hotel.  He cooked us breakfast each morning and didn’t charge us $4 for a bitter tasting cup of hotel coffee (that I threw away for a 99 cent cup of gas station coffee).

We took walks on the beach, ate lunch in outdoor restaurants, and soaked up the sun and warmth of Florida.

Seven days and 2000 miles later, we dropped of the rental car and boarded a plane to come home.

I’m looking forward to having a deli cooked Easter meal with the kids, but it was tough leaving Florida.

Really tough.

I already miss my flip flops.



Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Family, Vacation


7 responses to “Check, Check, Check

  1. Tee

    March 28, 2016 at 12:30 am

    After all of your busyness lately, this sounds like an amazing way to regroup, not to mention, celebrate your 25th anniversary! Checking out new places and contemplating whether they’d be a good fit seems like so much fun. I’m glad you finally found the warmer temperatures and had a chance to relax and get spoiled in Florida.

    Happy Anniversary!

    • shadowrun300

      March 28, 2016 at 2:04 am

      This was so much fun! We had a general idea of where we wanted to be and when, but most of the trip was planned on the fly. And it was so nice to spend some quality time with my hubby. We don’t get much of it on days that I work. Despite all the road time, or maybe because of it, this was one of our best vacations ever. I suppose I’m ready to return to work tomorrow… 🙂

  2. Abby

    March 28, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Nicely done! I’m glad the weather didn’t negatively impact your silver anniversary voyage. Happy 25th! We visited SC several years ago. Was it Charleston?? Maybe… looks familiar.
    And it all sounds like a perfect fit for you two – road tripping, barbecuing, ice creaming, Cardinaling… and even a visit with Dad. Glad it was fun!

    • shadowrun300

      March 29, 2016 at 3:20 am

      It was definitely fun. So much so, I had to drag myself to the airport kicking and screaming.

  3. Anita

    April 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Kudos to you and your husband for taking time to get away as an anniversary celebration! Your pictures show your good time. I’ve visited Charleston, too, but remember Savannah, GA, more when we visited there. Where’s your next trip going to be!? 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      April 8, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Maybe Savannah! I’ve always wanted to go there too. 🙂

  4. llcooljoe

    April 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like, and looks like an amazing trip.

    And what is it about hotel coffee? It always tastes so bitter! I never touch it.


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