February, 2016

Learning to Drive a Manual Transmission Car

One of my goals for us before we leave for our trip is learning to drive a manual transmission car.  We want to do this for one big reason: In Europe, manual transmission car rentals are the norm.  And because they are the norm, they are vastly cheaper than an automatic transmission.   An automatic transmission vehicle can be 2-5 times more expensive than a manual transmission one.  For example, a quick search on Kayak for a car rental in Ireland for 2 weeks in March shows a manual transmission car as cheap as $2 / day.  The cheapest automatic transmission […]

Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Wetlands

Welcome to Green Cay Wetlands Sign One of the best things about living in Florida is being able to be outdoors year round.  One of our favorite places to take a walk in the morning or late afternoon is Wakodahatchee Wetlands or Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center.  Wakodahatchee is a derived word from the Seminole Indian Language and it means “created waters”.  The wetlands park was created from unused land.  The land is from Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Southern Region Water Reclaimation Facility (say that 3 times fast!).  They pump treated water into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The […]

Fear and Washington DC

So today, I dropped my son off a school for a field trip to Washington DC.  We live in Florida, and this field trip lasts for 3 days and 2 nights.  I’m freaking out.  There is a small part of me that is freaking out because I’m going to miss him and he is far away from us.  But mostly, I’m freaking out because he is growing up.  He is more a little man than a little boy every day. There are things that I know will happen while he is in DC that I can’t do anything about: He […]

Trip Prep To Do List – Feb 2016

This month we got a lot of things done or started. The monthly activities are only going to ramp up from here on out.  It was also a crazy month on the personal side; insane at work, a family death and funeral, a friend in the hospital, a root canal for Nicole, and a 40th Birthday for Keith. I hope February treats us a bit better! House Fix up house for rent – We met with a realtor this month to make sure we are doing all the right things to the house to make sure we can rent it. […]