Well, the Griswolds, I mean Tarapchaks, are back from vacation!! Let’s see, what comes to mind. Ah, yes, National Lampoon’s Vacation Part II. Yes, it was an eventful vacation. Let me give you a daily highlight list:
Day 1: We were not in Florida for two hours and I tangled the rental mini van up with a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant won by inflicting major damage to the driver’s side door.
Day 2: If you are ever on Anna Maria Island and are traveling the back roads of said Island looking for a seafood restaurant, remember to obey all posted speed limits. The police will pull you over and ticket you for speeding.
Day 3: We were across the street visiting some neighbors, when Carley took a tumble off of something over at the house we were staying at. In my haste to run over to help her, I ran through some wet grass. When I hit the driveway, I literally hit the driveway. My wet shoes slipped on the driveway and I went down faster then the Titanic. At least my elbow broke my fall. Not damage done, but a sore elbow for a few days.
Let’s see, the score is Vacation 3, Stef 0…
Day 4: Finally, a day nothing happened to me. Unfortunately, Carley was not so lucky today. She took a tumble off the back of the golf cart and scraped herself up pretty good.
Day 5: There is a major interchange of I-75 and Route 301 about a mile from where we were staying. Today, an unfortunate accident occurred. A tanker truck hauling fuel was run off the I-75 bridge and fell to Route 301 below. The tanker exploded and caused major damage to the bridge above and the bridge is being shut down for weeks as it is being torn down and rebuilt. You can read the story here.
Day 6-8: Uneventful, thank heavens. The only issues we had were caused by the above accident. It caused our travel times to triple in getting anywhere.
So, we are back. In spite of the items above, we did enjoy the beach everyday and some good restaurants. We had a good time with the kids and, let’s face it, we made some memories for sure!!