Raw Highlights

Being from the dirty south has its advantages.  Actually, to us southerners it has MANY advantages!  Because, you know…..the south is perfect!  From everything such as the tropical weather, the extra syllable lingo….to the kickin' awesome foods!  The south equals L O V E  to me!

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As soon as we hit Knoxville, Tennessee……all the flavors and feelings of south started to kick in.  We found a fancy shmancy hotel downtown to park it for the night and right across the street was a seafood restaurant.  Oh, of course we wanted to eat "close by".

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We're suckers for a good seafood restaurant and any place that offers fresh raw oysters is golden in our book!

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This was our first experience with oysters on the trip!  And they were worth the small fortune we paid for 2 half dozen plates!

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The next morning we took off for HotLanta where we stayed the night at the Westin Hotel right downtown in the heart of the city.  We made it there just in time to jump in a cab and head to Turner Field for a Braves game.

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How HOT do we look?  Because, if my memory serves me correctly….we are pretty much on FIRE!  It was so hot, I was sticking to my plastic stadium seat.  Blech!

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But look….who was there for the air-conditioning?  We were there for this –>

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And that —>

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He needed to go!  So, we went and spent a ton of money while the Phillies beat down our Braves!  We left early and caught another cab back to our hotel hoping to make it in time to go to the pool.  Didn't happen.

The next morning we set off for Gainesville.  Stopping there would put us just close enough to our final beach destination and still allowed us places to bike shop.  Life revolved around that dang bike, I tell ya.  Our first stop was a Target store where hubby was on his phone booking our hotel stay for the night.  After shopping there and then over at Walmart we went into the hotel to check-in…..only "someone" couldn't find his bank card.  The same bank card he was just using at Target to make our reservations.

Somehow, he stepped out of the car and the card must have been in his lap.  Gone!  No more card for him.  The entire trip!  So, I guess you could say….I paid his way everywhere we went all week!

See how I give?  Nevermind that I don't make any financial contributions to our accounts.  I paid, y'all….I paid!

We left Gainesville bummed about the card and frustrated that we didn't find a sweet bike.  But….the Lord was going before us in the best of ways.  Because the first place we stopped before getting down to the beach was here — >

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Card?  What card?

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Someone lost a bank card?  Ehh, who cares!

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These oysters were HUGE!!!  This restaurant was so good.  It's called Anna Maria Oyster Bar!  We left so stuffed that we didn't think of oysters again for a few days!

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Mostly because we finally made it here!  This place has a way of wiping all your troubles away.  The weather was absolutely perfect the entire time we were in Florida.  Not a single raindrop….until we were on the interstate barreling for home.

It was a long week of raw fun!

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