As I mentioned in my last post, we surprised the kids by picking them up from school and heading to Disney World. That was a Friday evening, and our favorite way to travel is to drive about halfway to our destination on the night we leave. It gets us ahead of most traffic, and the kids tend to do really well. I think it's because they're so tired from school. Whatever the reason, I will take it!!
Anyway, we stopped for gas in Franklin, which on the Kentucky/Tennessee line and then were rerouted through Nashville due to an accident (or ten). We stopped for a quick potty and dinner break before getting on the interstate to Macon where we stayed for the night. Luckily, both kids fell asleep around Dalton and stayed asleep through the night.
Saturday morning we woke up, enjoyed a free breakfast at the hotel and then hit the road. Our "must-do" every trip is eating lunch at Smokin' Pig in Valdosta, Georgia. I hated BBQ until I married a Western Kentucky boy. He's taught me a thing or two about enjoying a good sandwich over the years, and aside from some chopped BBQ in Eric's home town, Smokin' Pig is the best we've ever had.
They had just opened for the day, so our service was quick. We had fried okra, mac 'n cheese, potato salad, sweet potato casserole, sweet tea, and "all the fixings." While Eric paid, I let the kids play on the giant front porch then we walked to the gas station right next door so that we could stretch our legs.
Back on the interstate, we hit some heavy traffic around the Florida turnpike, which has never happened to us...at least when we're heading South. Seeing as we have evacuated during two hurricanes, we've seen our share of traffic going North. Even though it added an hour to our travel time, it didn't break our enthusiastic sprit.
After stopping for another potty break, we got the much anticipated text from Disney World with our room number and location. It had easy access to parking and was right across from the pool. Plus, it was on the first floor. I was skeptical of the location at first, but wouldn't change it for a thing now. Of course I will go into all of that when I do a resort review.
After unloading and unpacking, we headed straight to the pool for some fun in the sun. The main pool at each of the Disney resorts has activities and games throughout the day. We enjoyed those for a while and then the boys discovered the corn-hole boards and pool tables. It was a nice time for Ellie to swim and for me to relax a little.
After our swims, we dressed for a quick dinner and trip to an outlet mall. Dinner was offsite at Carrabba's and it was delicious. We didn't stay out tool long because we had showers to take, clothes to lay out and sleep to catch up on before our first day in the parks.
Even though we had such a low-key start to the trip, I enjoyed the time to relax and experience the resort. Sometimes we are so busy in the parks, that I forget to take in the surroundings at the hotel. Overall, this trip was much slower paced, so we got to enjoy our accommodations much more.