Somewhere along the Ohio River, on the humid June back roads of northern West Virginia and southern Ohio, my wife Cassie spotted a turtle sitting in the middle of the other lane. “You’ve gotta go back and try to save the little guy!”
I gave in, made a U-turn, parked the car, turned on the flashers, and prepared to do my best impression of Ernie the Turtleman. But as I reached down to pick up the dinner-plate-sized creature, it spun around, opened its mouth (beak?), and hissed at me! I could hear my wife and kids screaming with laughter from inside our turtle-proof Hyundai.
Then suddenly, the turtle charged! (You’d be surprised at how fast they can move…) I hopped back in the car and watched the little bugger crawl directly below our vehicle. I had to have my wife watch from her window as I slowly inched forward until the nasty snapper crawled out from beneath the car. He disappeared into the high grass along the road without as much as a “thank you.”
Our 2016 journey was equally successful – and not too expensive either. Our most expensive days cost about $225 (mostly lodging, ice cream and beer) while our cheapest stops staying with family and friends topped out at $50.
Aside from the near-miss with that ungrateful turtle, our southeast journey logged mostly hits as we made a counter-clockwise circle from home in Pennsylvania to Tennessee, Pensacola, Amelia Island, Savannah and Charleston before returning home. Read the tales and details about each leg of our trip by clicking on the links below.
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