Heading north

These three months have flown by. We’re on the road this morning and heading back, taking our time and enjoying the scenery, well except for the thousands of cars we’ll encounter.

What are we leaving behind – a family of friends.

Why come south? Our minds and hearts may be willing to shovel snow, clear driveways, and dig out cars, but our bodies aren’t.

We are also much happier and healthier being able to be outside, walk, have people to interact with, and enjoy the early spring here. It doesn’t have to be hot, it just has to be so we aren’t housebound because of the cold and snow and don’t have to shovel. πŸ™‚

You can be as alone as you like or you can be busy all day – your choice.

When all these groups go on adventures, there is one thing everyone does – eat out. And, do they ever have a lot of good restaurants down here. Wikipedia says there are over 1,900 restaurants in this area.

So, I’ll share a few food photos, and I’ll hope you’re not in between meals. Those sticky bun pancakes with pecans on top, in the lower center, were worth every calorie until I get home to the treadmill anyway.

Everyone will be headed home this week to about every state you can name from North Carolina up through Montana, and into Canada and Nova Scotia. May they all travel safely.

Why head home April 1st? The snow certainly hasn’t melted in many northern states yet. That date is the start of the tourist season in Myrtle Beach. The rental rates go up two or three times the amount we pay for a winter month, and that rate is for one week. You could pay cash for a nice car for what it would cost you to stay here three months between April and October. πŸ™‚

Next post will come from the seacoast of New Hampshire. See you soon.

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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52 Responses to Heading north

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you have a safe and uneventful trip home, Judy. I think we are emerging out of winter, looks like 50s and the odd 6o for a while. We’ll see if we can’t have some sunshine waiting for you.

    The food looks wonderful. I had a donut, but it doesn’t compare.

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  2. Wishing you safe travels!

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    I like your definition of a calorie. So true. I’ve often wondered what it’d be like to rent a place in a more southern area for a month in the winter. You’ve shown me the way. Maybe someday we’ll try it.

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  4. MadSnapper says:

    we are eagerly awaiting getting our roads back all to ourselves. sorry you have to leave paradise but we are glad everyone is fleeing back to the North. our town is a beach resort town and the traffic is unbelievable. with school out this week, and a lot of our winter residents out on the road with you, i can already see a difference. April is the month we take back our town..

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  5. Donna Lowell says:

    Safe travels. Talk to you soon.

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  6. Nancy says:

    Safe travels my friend! The warmer weather makes me happier. The sun shining makes me smile. It’s also my name on Instagram. (Nance endless summer! ) I just can’t do snow anymore.

    The food looks amazing! And those calories… Well… We just don’t like them!

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  7. joyroses13 says:

    Wishing you safe travels! Wow 1900 restaurants! If you can’t find something you like out of all those choices, guess you are out of luck! LOL!

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  8. KerryCan says:

    Your arguments for going south are compelling ones–we feel the physical toll of dealing with snow more every year. You really have the best of all worlds because now you can head north and experience beautiful New England at its best!

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    • I spent years and years enjoying every snowfall. I’d put on all the gear and enjoy the entire event. Then it started taking me a couple of weeks of Aleve and ice packs to get over it. It lost its luster and became a real chore that I dreaded. I never understood the snowbird thing but if you stay at the right place, you not only get away from the weather, but you get to really have a fun time for three solid months. Can’t hardly beat it. πŸ™‚

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  9. Murphy's Law says:

    Wishing you and Dennis a safe, relaxing trip home. And if there are any surprises along the way, may they be happy ones!!

    Don’t sweat the calories. Once you’re unpacked and caught up on a good night’s sleep, you’re gonna be out in your gardens working every calorie off! Lol.

    Definitely warmer here. More birds singing. Slowly but surely we’re saying goodbye to winter. Yaaayyyy!!

    Happy trails my friend.
    πŸ”ΉGingerπŸ”Ή

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  10. pastpeter says:

    Safe journey, Judy. You remind us all that a month or three in the south is a great idea in the winter!

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  11. Joyce says:

    You missed the worst of it – winter, that is! But still, returning home has a level of comfort that you’ll enjoy!
    I have those same darn critters in my closet, too – cheerfully sewing my clothes tighter and thinking I don’t know what they’re doing up there!

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  12. joey says:

    Ooh! Those are some good food pics πŸ˜›
    My parents were snowbirds for years until they moved permanently to the south. Come to think of it, so were my grandparents. I’ll likely break the tradition, though. There is something fabulous about eating oysters with sandy feet while it snows at home πŸ™‚ I like a jaunt to the warmth, briefly, but I love winter.

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  13. lifeinkarolingston says:

    Beautiful sunset!

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  14. Suzanne says:

    Dear lord, Sticky bun pancakes with pecans on top! What a magnificent concoction. Safe travels, we’ll keep it nice and warm down here for your return next year.

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  15. I hope most of the snow has gone by the time you arrive home. That three months sure did go fast.

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  16. germac4 says:

    Safe travels Judy, & don’t forget to pack the calories… Wouldn’t want to leave them behind!

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Going home is always one of those bittersweet things. Safe travels and Happy Easter!!

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Safe journey, Judy. New England is waiting!

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  19. I am very grateful that I live in an area that is pretty temperate year-round. I can’t imagine having to pack everything up and travel such distances to get out of the cold. That being said, I also envy that you can experience two very distinctly different places for an extended period of time. If I lived where it snowed, I would do exactly what you do. Wishing you a safe journey and warm weather in New England.

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  20. Those food images look good. I’m glad I’ve already eaten.

    Safe journey home!

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  21. Oddment says:

    Sounds to me as though you have two homes now, so good for you. It’s a beautiful photo up top, but those food photos do beat all! Eating and friends sure go together well. Safe trip! I hope the traffic isn’t too grueling.

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  22. So very interesting to hear you describe the reason for wintering down south. It makes perfect sense. I am none to happy with our winters and I hate our sweltering summers. So I spend WAY more time indoors than I would like. . .

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  23. pommepal says:

    Safe travels home and I hope the snow has gone when you get there

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  24. Dawn says:

    Welcome home, Judy! Thanks so much for sharing your adventures in South Carolina with all of us. Your stories and photos warmed many a snowy day here in the Midwest. What a joy it must be to have a family of friends in NH and SC! Enjoy the first walk through your garden, Judy! Just yesterday I discovered the first Springtime blooms in my garden. It made me soooooo happy! Wishing you and your family a lovely Easter celebration, dear Judy! β™‘

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  25. Travel safely. Arrive well. πŸ™‚

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  26. debrapugh says:

    Thankfully eating breakfast while looking at the food photos πŸ™‚ Hope your travels are safe and enjoyable and no more snow at home πŸ™‚

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  27. Tina Schell says:

    Safe travels Judy – while the tourists return to SC we’ll be thinking of you enjoying springtime in the north. I definitely don’t envy you the road trip though. We returned after Christmas in NJ and it was simply horrific! At least (hopefully) the traffic will be spread out over a slightly longer time this trip.

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  28. It will be lovely to have you back πŸ˜€

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  29. Kamila Pala says:

    Beautiful photo on top! Happy Easter. Kamila

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  30. reocochran says:

    I love eating out but try to save half of the meal until later in the day. Spreading the calories is hard when on the road but a microwave will usually be available somewhere. . . Happy warm weather is a great reason to travel south, Judy! 🌞

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