We had another day in
Orlando that involved some walks, some relaxing, some good food, and then got to bed early as we had to head to to see my Cousin Lee and his wife Ruth. They are my dad's cousin's really, so while I look at them as Uncle/Aunt, they were really cousins. Lee is Jane’s sister, so I was hitting the trifecta of Tertrault's between my graduation party and this road trip (cousin Ward lives up in Connecticut and stopped by the party with his wife Jo). Mobile, Alabama
The next morning we ventured outside and found the weather to be just like
, plus, Halley had found that there was another puppy there! Her name was Maggie and she was smaller and a bit more protective of her property that Halley was accustomed to. If Halley wanted to sniff something, well she sniffed it and satisfied her curiosity. But the two of them got along. Maggie followed Halley everywhere she went, making it clear when she could and couldn’t go in the house before Ruth told her to let Halley be. Orlando
While in town, we visited my cousin Camilla at her Old Dutch Ice Cream Parlor which had some amazing ice cream and steady business while we stepped in with Halley for a banana split and a cup of vanilla ice cream on the house for the pup. We drove around town and checked out Mobile here and there and wound up back at Ruth and Lee's after each trip. The heavy part of the trip was coming later and there was no reason to be incredibly exhausted at this point by doing too much. So we took it easy.
My cousin Melinda stopped by to bring us out one night, as she was the cousin I knew the best in Mobile. Added bonus - she was in college and a year younger than me, so we were able to hang out and bond with Lee and Ruth (her grandparents). All three of us went to a bar in Mobile, got drunk and danced. If there was more to recall from the night, I'd share, but that is all there is. It was a great night of drinking, one of the best of the trip.
On the 4th of July we left Halley at Lee and Ruth's for the night and went to hang out with Melinda's parents and her sisters, Sara and Cynthia. We had some beers on the back porch of a family friend's house and went to watched the fireworks. Halley had to stay behind because of the loud noises resulting from the fireworks, so instead she was likely soothed by Lee's old-old school blues records. We got back to the house, retreated upstairs with Halley once inside and went to bed, having a long drive to the west coast ahead of us for the next few days.
|Cousin Melinda, Hill, Me, Cousin Cynthia|
When we awoke, he had a breakfast of fresh fruit and toast and I made the decision to play for Lee some of my brand of blues music - Phish covering Son Seals' 'Funky Bitch'. I presumed that Lee would know who Son Seals was, but instead of getting an answer, I was told that this 'noise' wasn't blues at all. Phish lasted all of a minute on Lee's stereo, but at least I got to share it with him.