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Go BIG or Go Home Road Trip; Day Two

December 27, 2010

It was a historic day in the city of Columbia, SC. The first Christmas snowfall. We drove into town and scratched our jaded New Yorker heads. It was merely a dusting; certainly not enough to stop everything in its tracks. But it did. The EdVenture Children’s Museum, our morning destination, had delayed its opening until noon, which put our road trip schedule behind.

We’re nothing if not flexible (snicker), so we took it in stride. We had to give up our plans to take I-75 through GA, however, and so I didn’t get to see the world’s largest peanut. It would have tacked on another 90 minutes to our travel time to Tampa, and that’s like asking…”Please, may I have two cranky kids in the back seat? Thank you!”

Next week, I’ll post a more complete description of “Eddie,” the world’s largest kid, who sits in the middle of the completely engaging and entertaining EdVenture Children’s Museum. This attraction was well worth adding to our itinerary; the kids loved every minute.

Childrens museum

"Eddie," the world's largest kid!

As it turned out, we should have taken I-75, because we got caught in a horrific traffic jam on I-95 through SC. We got back every penny we paid for “Nuvi,” our GPS unit, who found an alternate route along the kind of back roads which instantly bring to mind banjo melodies.

No matter how many times I’ve driven into the state of Florida, it always takes me by surprise when I realize I still have hours to go after crossing the state border. It’s such a LOOOOOONG state! I also half-expected the weather to turn instantly balmy, but no such luck. Temps were still in the 30’s. We arrived in Tampa three hours behind our anticipated time, exhausted but safe.


  1. Dominique said,
    December 30, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    We were in Charleston. SC, one Thanksgiving a few years ago…and they had a dusting of snow then, too. It was pretty funny to listen to all of the newscasters’ over-wrought weather reports and breathless every-other-minute updates on the possible freezing on the bridges there.

  2. January 1, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    LOL.. You got me at the banjo melodies. That’s what my husband always says when we drive the back road in GA. Also totally agree about Florida. It’s one reason why we moved out of Florida. It’s just too long for us to travel. 🙂

  3. RoadDog said,
    January 4, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Always fascinated with Roadside Attractions, especially tourist traps like South of the Border or the world’s largest hillbilly on Route 66 outside of Rolla, Missouri.

    One thing about the old roads is you never really know what is around the next bend.

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