3,400 Miles and Counting

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

One more day of travel, and tomorrow we'll be home (sweet home). 

Since 12/20, when we left Crofton, MD, we have traveled through D.C., Virginia, Tennessee, and Arkansas to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.  After a few days, including Christmas at our daughter's house, we headed to Houston to see our son and then traveled through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina to Pinehurst, North Carolina - our favorite golf resort - for a one-nighter.

As we passed road signs for various cities and towns along the way, names of ActiveRain friends came to mind.  If only we had time to stop and meet every one of them!

For the last leg of our trip, we'll go through Virginia again... it's about 7 hours to home (sweet home). 

During our long drive, I've taken lots of pictures and made lists of potential blog topics - just in case I ever catch up on my email and have time to blog again.  One of the first topics will be to disclose how I managed to make six or seven posts to Focus On Crofton without touching my computer for the past 10 days.  Another will be a review of my new mini computer.  And I have pictures to share of my visit to "ICE" at the Gaylord Texas on Christmas Eve.

3,400 miles down, about 350 to go...  It's been a great trip through 10 states and D.C. in just 10 days.  We've experienced temperatures ranging from 15 degrees when we left our motel in Arkansas to 83 degrees a few days later in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Today is a sunny balmy 60-ish in N.C., warmer than our last visit here for Thanksgiving 2007.   I don't know what weather to expect back home in Maryland, but I'm looking forward to being there to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Margaret Woda

Margaret Woda - Real Estate The Woda Way


As a licensed Associate Broker in the D.C. - Baltimore - Annapolis area, I specialize in Anne Arundel and nearby Prince George's Counties, Maryland, including Fort Meade, Joint Base Andrews, and the U.S. Naval Academy. If you enjoyed reading this post and want to learn more about Real Estate the Woda Way, please visit my website at Margaret Woda.com or contact me today.


Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (410)451-6245|MWoda@mris.com


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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Margaret- Have a safe trip home. I love road trips. We were even tossing around the spontanious idea of driving Tristan to see snow next month sometime just for a quick one since I know he is going to complain when he gets too cold:) He just does not understand since he has not been in snow. It looks so nice in photos:)

Dec 30, 2008 09:18 PM #1
Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA

Hi Margaret-Be it ever so humble there is no place like home. Safe travels and Happy New Year :-)

Dec 30, 2008 09:26 PM #2
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Margaret...I guess you'll be passing by sometime tomorrow.  As you go by exits 104, 110, 1118, you can always get off I-95 and head west to Lake Anna.

Now I'm anxious to discover how you managed to post while away from your computer and what mini-computer you have.

When the Mac Air came out I thought about buying that and since then (yes, it has been quite some time) I've been vacillating between that or one of the minis.

Happy New Year.


Dec 30, 2008 09:26 PM #3
HOMEFRONT Realty - Bremerton, WA
Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty



Ok That was really funny - oh maybe I read it wrong - hahaha!

Drive safe - I know how it goes on the road. Drove cross country in 3 days once - never again!

Dec 30, 2008 09:30 PM #4
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Katerina - funny thing is that kids don't feel the cold.  They could play 'til they freeze.

Pat - Thanks, 'looking forward to it.

Kate - That's one of those places I'd love to visit.  We're always on the lookout for the next place to live... 'even went house-shopping in our first few hours here in Pinehurst, but concluded it's too "country" for us, after living near D.C. most of our lives.

Jo - Wasn't thinking of it in that context.  LOL. 


Dec 30, 2008 10:12 PM #5
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Margaret, we traveled to Santa Clarita, California to visit children/grandchildren. We made a point of hooking up with Jeff Turner while we were here. A true delight. As did you, we thought of many we've gotten to know in the Rain....will plan to meet with them another trip over. Since our children are here, I suspect we'll be back. ;-)

We're leaving to go home in the morming - 430 miles.... drive safely!


Dec 30, 2008 10:50 PM #6
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Sounds like you've had a great trip so far!  It's great to travel, but we're always glad to get home.  Drive safe... Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2008 11:24 PM #7
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Margaret,

Have a safe last leg of your trip. If you are anything like us you are looking forward to getting home and sleeping in your own bed. We have been gone since the 17 th, out west in the snow and cold. Enjoyable, but looking forward to being back in paradise and sleeping in my own bed as the new year comes in.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Dec 31, 2008 06:51 AM #8
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

You got one of those mini computers?  I'm thinking they are perfect for travel.

Dec 31, 2008 06:54 AM #9
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

 Sounds like a great trip.  And I just gave your phone number to someone who is looking to buy a home on your side of the beltway!  Hope you enjoy your "mini me" as I named my little computer.

Dec 31, 2008 07:52 AM #10
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Margaret- Welcome home!! Road trips are amazing. The scenery from place to place is awesome for sure. But as we all know....there's no place like home.

Dec 31, 2008 08:48 AM #11
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

What - no photos?  I want to see your snapshots of the country as you passed through! 

Dec 31, 2008 08:58 AM #12
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes

Hi Margaret, Happy New Year and have a safe trip home.  Hope you will have some photos to share with us.  I have made the drive from Virginia to San Antonio but it was in the summer and I was in my twenties.  Hope you enjoyed your trip.

Jan 01, 2009 01:37 PM #13
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Teri - 'Hope you had as much fun as we did on our trip.

Jesse - Thank you.  It will be good to walk around at will!  15 hours in the car in a single day is about 7 too many!

Hal - Sorry about the snow... we had some cold en route to Texas, but we had great weather there (83 degrees) and en route home.

Cindy - Yes, you inspired me with your Asus mini!  And I didn't leave it to Santa... I bought my own.

Martha - See you soon!  'Hope your Christmas was a happy one.

Jeff - No such luck... There was no stopping my husband for photos.  We were on a mission to reduce days on road and maximize days with family.

Shirley - It was a treat to come home a different route and see even more of the country, althoug we drove in the dark a lot, given the short days this time of year.

Jan 02, 2009 10:24 AM #14
Donna Yates, North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains

Margaret:  Just found you on Twitter.  Brad Callen got me started.  But what a trip you've had!  Welcome back home but next time, you really must come through the Georgia Mountains, ok?!

Jan 03, 2009 03:03 AM #15
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Margaret....Oh, there are so many things wrong with this post....where do I begin?

Let's start with the mention of Georgia and what, no call no visit, no cup of coffee? I'm crushed. Other than the number of states mentioned in one sentence, I'm going to guess you hardly saw one state line before you crossed the next one.....we kinda just flew by in a flash, eh? But then again, how many times have I passed Maryland on my way to New York? (Excuse...did not know you then!)

3700 miles in 10 days? No wonder you wanted (or needed) a new Jeep!! You had destinations in mind I can tell (family) but like Jeff said, where's the pictures? A future blog I trust?

I know you had a wonderful trip! We just did a "quickie" to the beach for our Business Plan Inspiration! Follow up Blog will hopefully be out later today or tomorrow.....Pictures Included! (except now I am just thinking how I should of taken pictures of some of the beautiful farm land we passed as we headed to and from the beach! )

Happy New Year! Hope to see you live in 2009!

Jan 04, 2009 01:42 PM #16
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Donna, my husband even commented that he'd like to visit there, after seeing some of your photos that I've pointed out to him.  But we were on a mission to get to Pinehurst.  We might try in Spring, depending on business.

Thom, You were in Floriday, so don't you dare try to make me feel guilty for skipping by Atlanta en route to Pinehurst.  Honestly, much of our mileage was after dark and I was busy on my little mini computer during the day.

I did think of you both, if that's any compensation.  :)

Jan 04, 2009 01:59 PM #17
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Did you see those cool signs in Texas on the outskirts of most of the cities? They say, "Public water supply approved." Do they really have to advertise that? Where are the cities where the public water supply is not approved? Those are the ones I want to skip -- LOL.

Jan 06, 2009 04:19 AM #18
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Russel - No, I didn't see any of those...  But Texas is a big state.  That is pretty funny.

Jan 06, 2009 06:19 AM #19
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