A Drive from New England to Florida

P.T. Barnum and other monuments guard Bridgeport's waterfront from the storms coming across Long Island Sound.

P.T. Barnum and other monuments guard Bridgeport’s waterfront from the storms coming across Long Island Sound.

If you live in the north, then perhaps you have heard of snowbirds. That’s the nickname for those lucky folk who fly to Florida every year to avoid the harsh New England winter season, in the more temperate climate of the sunny south.

Unlike the snowbirds, we opted to drive on a grand road trip that followed the Eastern Seaboard down to Florida and back in the span of fourteen days – a bit of a stretch, and in retrospect we should have added in a few extra days. But other engagements prohibited that, not to mention the uncertainties of winter weather.

Our first day started late, and we had a special stop to make to visit a relation in the city of Bridgeport Connecticut. For those who have not been there, it is a dynamic little city, with the oddities of the P.T. Barnum Museum, and easy access to rail lines going into New York City. And given the weather, it made for a good half day drive.

We did take time to drive down to Long Island Sound, where the city had the foresight to put in a park for all to enjoy. Vast fields form a floodplain so during bad weather the city won’t see much damage. Here there are memorial statues to the likes of P.T. Barnum, Columbus, Howe, and other notables on the costal drive that borders between the playing fields and the beaches that were then underwater on that raw, overcast day.

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