Well, I’ve got some catching up to do! Apologies for the lack of posts lately – we didn’t travel much over the summer so I didn’t feel like I had much to write about, so I’ll try to summarize the last several months in one post.
After Deas finally got over his sinus infection in April, we headed back to Disney World. We bought annual passes this year, and we are determined to get our money’s worth! And the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was going on, so we figured it’d be a good time to return. This time however we decided to splurge and stay at the Fort Wilderness Campground. Everyone always raves about this campground being the best place ever, so we thought we’d see what all the fuss was about. We lucked out and got a great site that was next to one of the canals.
Overall I’d say it’s a very nice campground. However for the money you pay for these sites, I’d expect bigger sites with more room between them. The only real advantage to staying here, for me, is access to the Disney transportation. It was very nice to just ride our bikes to either the boat or bus and not have to worry about driving. We had a great time, and ate and drank our way through as many countries as we could in Epcot.
After Orlando, we went to the nearby town of Mt Dora for a couple of days. It’s a very cute little town with a historic downtown and some nice walking trails. It was just a quick stop for us, but I wouldn’t mind going back sometime.
Next we headed to north Georgia. We still have a house there that we bought when we first got married, but hadn’t lived in for 5 years. We’ve rented it out and tried to sell it a couple of times, but as of now we still own it. I have family in Georgia that I really miss when we’re traveling, so we decided to spend some time at the house for a few months. So a lot of what we did this past summer was related to the house – replacing siding, updating a kitchen, and repairing a yard that had been damaged by a major water line repair. I also got in some good family time – I traveled with my sister and her daughters to Charleston SC to watch my oldest niece in a dancing competition, and spent lots of time with my parents. I also house sat for my sister while she and her family took a trip to Oregon and Washington.
We did take one quick trip to South Carolina to see my very favorite musician – Brett Dennen. We stayed at Paris Mountain State Park, which is a nice park close to town, but many of the sites are small and unlevel. Greenville is a really pretty town and has a huge natural waterfall right in town. Brett was performing as part of Greenville’s annual Artisphere Festival, and we got to sit right up front by the stage.
All in all the summer flew by. As much as we love all the traveling we’ve done the past few years, it was really nice to just relax this summer and not worry about making any plans, and to spend so much time with family. And also – it was REALLY nice to have a dishwasher for a few months, lol.