Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 East Coast Tour

We did a quick trip of the East Coast last week. Started in DC where Chris was at the national Midwifery conference. Got a quick look at the Mall and checked out the WW-II monument and the Vietnam Wall. The Wall just seems so much more appropriate. The WW-II monument is on the side of glorious war.

We rented a Prius and drove down to see my brother, sister-in-law and family in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Somehow we didn't get the cameras out. Its an interesting southern town. A long history of textile mills, most of them have been out-sourced around the world, but there are still a number producing specialty goods. BMW brought in their US manufacturing to town, so all-in-all the economy looks pretty decent there.
Then it was off to Florida. Stayed in Ft. Lauderdale  about 1/2 block off the beach. Got up each morning for a swim in the 85* water. A very civilized way to take a morning bath. The heat in the middle of the day was pretty brutal. Not something this north-westerner is going to get used to very quickly. We got to spend some time with my Dad and sister in Ft. Lauderdale, then it was up to Stuart to see my sister-in-law and down to Palm Beach for a nice lunch with my aunt and uncle.

Here's Father's Day at the British Pub in Ft Lauderdale. It was a little warm for drinking Guiness, but we made it through it.

Now we are into a panic of trying to get our apartment cleaned out by the 30th.


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