Wednesday, August 6, 2014
A Colorful Drive
I already mentioned that as Mom and I drove to Jacksonville last Friday, I saw lots of places along the roadside that I wanted to photograph. I didn't stop then, but on the way back to Tampa on Monday I made sure to take a little more time and get out the camera.
I love any kind of road trip, and rural Florida is so ripe for photography. We took a slightly different route this time, too, which gave me access to new sights.
I am a meandering traveler. I like to drive slowly, explore back streets, stop for coffee or lunch.
When I was a kid in the mid-'70s, we used to drive U.S. 301 all the way from Central Florida to the middle of South Carolina, where we could then pick up the still-unfinished I-95 to Maryland. (That's where my grandparents lived.) I eagerly awaited every familiar little town, every slightly tatty motel. It always drove me nuts that my mom was so insistent on driving, driving, driving and we had to bypass all the highway curiosities like South of the Border.
Now that I'm in the driver's seat, the rules have changed!
(Photos, from the top: Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights, Hawthorne, Lochloosa and Citra.)