The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter in DeFuniak Springs, FL

Hi Everybody,
Chirst is risen!! He is risen indeed!!  Our pastor emailed this message at 5:40AM today!!!

We have had a great day off.  We attended the First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs this AM for the 11 o'clock service.  It was traditonal and seemed very much like home.  I have to say that it was a step above the Baptist church we attended as far as friendliness but not much.  The pastor and his wife were very friendly and one other couple were genuinely glad to welcome us but that was about all except for some "Happy Easters" and "Good Mornings", we felt like outsiders.  We really are learning first hand how important it is to welcome visitors.  Maybe if we were planning to live in the area they would be more friendly, but how do they know what our intention is when we just walk in off the street?  It is a lesson that I hope we have learned well.

We spent the afternoon walking around the lake in the middle of town and across the street from the church.  There are a number of antebellum homes facing the lake and the flowers and trees are beginning to burst into bloom so it was a gorgeous site.  I took lots of pictures and will send some along.  We had our "Easter dinner" in a gazebo on the lake--HAM sandwiches, pretzels, celery sticks and pop.  Tasted good!  We then drove to a Sonic and had ice cream!!  And I had my first chocolate in 6 weeks!!!  Oh, I forgot to say that the Easter Bunny found us here in Florida with baskets and eggs filled with candy and marshmallows for Mike and beef jerky for Dave!!!

Now I am sitting in the semi-darkness outside typing and waiting for the (wait for it.......wait for it.......) laundry to be finished!   It is a beautiful night and the tall pine trees sheltering our site are quiet for now but smell divine.  

Tomorrow we will start our final legs of the journey.  It looks right now as if we will be in St. Augustine on Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending on what the people meeting us here will be able to arrange.  We will be riding through Anastasia State Park to the Atlantic Ocean.  Come on down everyone!!!!

Only a few more days--can't believe it.

Love and blessings,

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