Driving from Florida to Louisiana

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sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination

When I write travel posts, I always share specific destinations: parks, farms, museums, restaurants. And if I were flying to specific cities, that would make sense. But we are a family of road trippers, so to honor that, I want to share some of the little stops we made driving from Florida to Louisiana over winter break.

Our first stop was in New Tampa, about 4 hours from our house. This is where my sister lives, and we spent Christmas Day with her. The next day, we drove to Clearwater Beach. Here are two pictures from that portion of our road trip.

From Tampa, we drove to Tallahassee, the state capital. I had not been there since high school, so the kids had never seen the capital. We drove around the downtown area, took a nice walk, and enjoyed dinner at Harry’s, a cajun restaurant. We don’t take too many family selfies, so this was a special one!

From Tallahassee, we headed west. This is a VERY long stretch of road from Tallahassee to New Orleans on the I-10. Normally I really love just being in the car for road trips, but this did get a little boring. We stopped a few times to make the adventure fun! Our first stop was Ponce de Leon Springs. It was overcast {and a little drizzly} which actually made for beautiful photo opportunities. The trees and water were both amazing.

Our next stop was lunch in Mobile, Alabama. We had never been to Alabama so this was a new state to add to our on-going list. We need to visit at least the 48 continental states. I believe I’m at 25 states now. Anyway, we had lunch at a restaurant right on the water, and I was able to get these quick pictures of the rocks, grass, and the ocean peeking through.

As we continued west, I decided it would be fun to stop in Biloxi, Mississippi. I knew little about this area, other than it had lots of hotels and casinos. What intrigued me at first was that there’s an actual portion of the highway that drives directly over the shore. I had never seen this before! We decided to check out the beach, and am I glad we did. It was so amazing. I could not get enough photographs of the beauty in front of me.

This is exactly why we road trip. Beyond the overall savings {and Richard’s fear of flying}, we enjoy the unexpected. We never really know where we will stop on our journey. We never really know exactly when we will reach our destination. But we have amazing adventures along the way: new tastes, new sights, new experiences. Enjoying family time together.

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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