Day 2. I woke up at 3:45 a.m. to pee, and just couldn't go back to sleep! Here it is 11:35 p.m. and I'm still raring to go! I'm settled in the camper at a place called Prince William Forest RV Park in Dumfries, VA. I was trying not to stay in a campground today and not to hook up the electricity, but the van needed the juice so here I am! (it was a little more dramatic than that, but I will spare the details).
I left my place just before 5:30 this a.m. and first stopped across the street to take a pic of the almost-full brilliant moon on the New Haven Harbor. There is nothing quite like moonlight on the water...What a lovely last memory of New Haven before my trip. See why I love New Haven? And where I live!
I headed to Bedford Hills, NY to pick up the van from Diane who rented it to me through Outdoorsy.com. I met her at 7:00 for a run-through of all I needed to know (much of which I promptly forgot!), then unpacked my car and did my best to put things in places in the van that made sense initially. Then headed south! Can I tell you how much I love EZ-Pass?!! OMG that saved me so much time!!! I've been meaning to get one for years and finally got one a AAA for this trip. Game changer!! Some of the states have Express ways just for EZ Pass holders! And almost no cars are in those lanes - amazing!
Most of the way I was on I-95 or thereabouts (and am still on 95, really) and I decided to stop late in the afternoon. I honestly thought I was going to stop for the day, but since I couldn't get the a/c working I got back on the road for almost 5 more hours! Anyway, I stopped at the Plumpton Park Zoo for a little while. Thanks to the amazing app Picstitch (thanks Katerina!) I've grouped some of them together so I could share a whole bunch with less effort. I'm not sure why the parrot, whose name is Jewel, is cut off here because the original is not like that.
Anyway...the BEST THING I saw at the zoo wasn't even an animal! Check this out!! This tree normally lives in swamps so its roots come up to the surface for oxygen!! How cool is that??? They kind of look like little prairie dogs to me :-)
I'm going to call this thing below "Sci Fi Disney" because it reminds me of the Cinderella Castle at Disney, but it's futuristic. Can you tell I took it while driving?! (I know, wrong of me!). WTF is that?? If you know, please message me. I think it was in Maryland and it was definitely after the zoo.
This day has shown me that I am no longer fearful of life. I don't think I would have ever said in the past that I was a fearful person, but I was. Always on edge, afraid to make mistakes, wondering what people would think. Today I had no fear. I did not know what was coming up and whatever came up I just faced it (me and HP, that is). ((Sigh)) What a relief!
I will finish by saying that I am not likely to make blog entries every day. Some of you will shout "hooray!" when you hear that (ok, maybe that's exaggerated! after all, you are choosing to read this!) and some of you will be sad :-( since I know you're living vicariously through me. Be well :-)
Barb Nangle is the founder of Higher Power Coaching and Consulting, an entrepreneur and an eternal optimist. She loves motivating others to become better and better versions of themselves, just as she has become better and better versions of herself.