Mike's Birthday
Walt Disney World -- April 2010 -- Part 1
We enjoyed going slow and seeing things that we had missed before.
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Packing up and leaving home is always fun -- especially when we head for Walt Disney World. We decided to not try
flying this time and was looking forward to the trip down to Florida in our car.

Heading south at this time of the year is like hiking in the mountains, except in reverse. When hiking, you seem to
be going back in time the higher you climb -- the "evidence" of spring (green leaves, flowers, etc.) decreases the
higher you go. If your climb is high enough, it will seem like it is still winter time when you reach the top -- still all
grey and dead looking.  

However, when traveling south just the opposite is true -- you head into the future. As the miles slipped by our
windows, we saw all the beautiful flowering colors of spring that were all around our home slowly fade into "spring
has sprung" and summer is just around the corner.  We did see however, lots of absolutely beautiful patches of
the climbing Wisteria Vine -- the bright lavender flower tassels draped all up through the trees. In some places,
the vines were over a hundred feet up in the trees.

We stopped in Valdosta at a great Holiday Inn there so that we could leave the next day and have a just short (3
hours) drive to Orlando and arrive at the Yacht Club around noon.  I propped up next to the window like when I
hike, sipped a few cool ones, and watched the world go by. A beautiful sunset foretold of a great day ahead of us.   

Early the next morning found us slipping into Florida.