Feb. 4, 2017---off to Orlando!!!!
Many years ago---the year 2002, to be exact---Dad met me in Orlando for a combined vacation and 3 days of my work's winter meetings. I had picked up a cheap week at Orange Lake Resort off RCI for $99 for the week in a 2 bedroom golf villa in the West Village. One of the days while I was at the meetings, Dad went to the timeshare presentation and actually bought into it. He bought a fixed week---5th week of the year---in a 2 bedroom golf unit like what we were staying in, only his unit was located right by the West pool area and between 2 lakes and a golf course. It is a great location and a beautiful, HUGE, resort. I really enjoyed meeting Dad there every year---him coming from Oregon and me from St. Louis. Unfortunately we only got to do that for about 5 years before he died. As executor of his will, I asked my sister and brother if they wanted to join me as owners of the week and they said yes. We didn't manage it too well for the first 4 or 5 years---only went about 2 times. Then we decided to divide it as if we each owned the week every 3rd year. So this was Ken's and my "first" week under our new management. Anyway----Ken and I decided it was time to go back and see what's changed in our absence. So I found really cheap airfare---$47@ way ATL-MCO / person and reserved a car for $149/week. We were all set---------until President Trump thought it was a good idea to more highly vet people from terrorist hotbeds and block 7 countries from traveling here for 90 days while a new vetting process was established. Apparently, a lot of people don't care if terrorists immigrate here and have been protesting that every since---along with everything else Trump is trying to do. So to avoid all the protesters at the airports, we decided just to drive. I don't understand why they don't want more vetting, but I don't understand a lot of what people do these days! But it turned out to be a great decision to drive! It allowed us to make a couple side trips on our way there and back.
Being a Saturday, we were able to cruise on down I-85/75 right through downtown Atlanta without any delays. Wish it was always that easy to get around here!!!
Here we were actually going under the famous "spaghetti junction" where I-285 meets I-85. This is just a few of the overpasses. it really is pretty impressive.
The famous Varsity cafe in downtown Atlanta---which we still haven't been to.
It was a long day, but I actually found the ride and Silver Springs detour rather enjoyable. Great start to another fun vacation.