I'm laying in a tent under live oaks as I write this and thinking of how faithful our Father really is.
I have begun this adventure that I know will change my life and it's crazy and wonderful and wild.
We headed east (I know, the wrong way!) towards Jacksonville for a coffee break at Bold Bean. While we were on the road, we prayed together over our trip, over our move, over our friendship, and over our lives. We prayed for loving, open, and present hearts. We prayed for the cities we will be visiting. We prayed that God would move and show us more of Himself.
It felt so good to on the open road with air conditioning. You truly can't appreciate it until you live in Florida (and own a black car).
We arrived in St. Augustine after probably the shortest drive that we'll trek this adventure. We walked around a tad and then went to go kayaking in the inlet with Austin from Eco Tours. The sun was out, the sky was beautiful, and the sea turtles were plenty.
St. Augustine is beautiful and the nation's oldest city. Saltwater and live oak trees are everywhere and that's why we had to make the stop before we headed out from the east coast.
After three hours in the sun, we decided it was time to hydrate and fill our tummies. Emily and I decided before our road trip started that we would split all of our meals in order to save money and to never end up with leftovers that will spoil. Austin gave us a coupon for A1A's Ale Works and we ended up with a blackened mahi mahi sandwich with mango ketchup. SO GOOD.
So what have I learned on this first day of the next season:
Always carry water with you. Always.
Don't forget the stakes for your tent.
Start and end with your heart on God.
Make sure you run into the parking enforcement before she can give you a ticket.
Less is more.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word.
ever free, ever true, ever kind.