Life in board shorts: Home is just a road trip away

Happy 2019! We woke up and grabbed breakfast in the hotel lobby, dreading the drive back to North Carolina. We were planning to stop in Savannah, so that was something to look forward to. That and South of the Border. Yeah, not so much, that’s more of an iconic milestone that we’re almost home. It was a fun road trip home, which were sure you can relate to in some capacity.

It was time to pack up and drive back to Raleigh. Our first order of business was to get a strong breakfast and get things packed up. This was easier then Cocoa Beach as we didn’t sprawl as much. Zander and I packed up the Jeep and we were ready to roll.

On our way north on I-95, we decided to make a pit stop in Savannah, Georgia and we grabbed lunch at Moon River Brewing – What a fun place, we sat outside and enjoyed some of the day, really thinking about how we were stoked about not being in the car. After lunch, we walked along the riverfront for a while to stretch out and get ready for the last five hours of the trip.

The rest of the day was a device-free car ride for the kids back to NC spending most of our time playing the license plate game, reading, and other activities. I can’t believe we sanely survived the road trip. We did make a quick pit stop in northern South Carolina to fill up for gas before our final surge back home.

South of the Border was a welcome scene letting us know we were about an hour and a half from home. But we don’t stop at that shithole. We love the billboards, but there’s no reason to stop. Just pass GO and collect $200. We were almost home and that’s more important. We finally arrived and it was nice to be out of the car . Vacation is awesome, but home is home. Happy new year!

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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