11,000 Miles: Florida to Texas



11,000 miles in 49 days. It sounds pretty enormous in retrospect, and it’s not what we set out to do. But that’s how it happened.

It all started with an opportunity – perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime – that Automattic offers. A sabbatical. A silly word describing a huge offering. Three months to do whatever I choose, like a summer vacation for adults.

In late 2020, I proposed the idea of a countrywide camping trip. Tina, Rylan, and Roman didn’t take much convincing.

In March, we spent some money. A brand new Ford truck. A few-year-old tow-behind camper with room for the family (and don’t forget Kai, our beloved family dog).

And then in June, we left Florida, bound for Texas, not to return for nearly two months.

This is the first post in a series documenting our adventures.

Perry, Florida

Our first stop was a quick overnight in Perry, Florida, at the Perry KOA Holiday. This was a lovely campground and I think the kids enjoyed the playground, fire pits, and gazebo. I personally spent the entire stop working out the “day 1” issues with the camper and truck, and thus have no photos and few memories of this place.

Pelahatchie, Mississippi

Day two took us out of Florida, through Alabama, and into Mississippi (the state that kids love to spell). This was another one-night stop on the road to Texas, but I booked a neat campground with some amenities to break up the monotony of the road for the kids.

We stayed at Yogi On The Lake in Pelahatchie, MS. This was a really neat campground with a waterpark, evening festivities, and of course a lake. This would have been a neat place to spend more time.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a place our Family has spent some time in the past. But on this trip, while visiting with family and friends, we also made time to have some adventures. Among other things, we visited the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The kids really enjoyed it and I think they all learned a few things.

Tina and the kids visited the Fort Worth Stockyard for some up-close-and-personal time with some animals.

But some of the best times in Dallas were spent at the camper, surrounded by family and friends, tossing around a volleyball and having a few drinks.

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