Notes on the Road: Gainesville

It was my very first trip to Gainesville, and it was interesting to say the least. Take a look at my notes from my stay in the Sunshine State.

I made my way down to Gainesville (Fla.) on Thursday afternoon. I-95 has to be one of my favorite highways to travel in the winter. It’s all the way down the coast, and the further south you get, the warmer it gets.

That was one of my favorite aspects about moving from Nashville, Tenn. to Columbia: warmer winters. Here are some of the highlights of my trip.

1. Always know what you are booing before you book it.

We booked a room at the Baymont Inn just outside of the University of Florida’s campus. It wasn’t the most up-to-date room in the world, but it would do for a few nights. For those of you who believe in ghosts, I would have to say this story is for you. For those who don’t, you can take his tale how you would like. Thursday night we arrived around midnight to our room and retired soon after. I woke up around 2:30 a.m. to the sound of someone walking around my room. At first, I thought it was my coworking getting up in the middle of the night but soon discovered she was sound asleep. After trying to fall back to sleep, I felt the bed shake as if someone walked by and physically hit it. I became more alert and sat up. And just about that time, I saw the imprint of someone sitting at the foot of our bed. I could even physically feel this change as the bed sank in.
There it is, my post-Halloween story; take it or leave it.

2. Priests in Gainesville aren’t superstitious.

My co-worker is Catholic, and after hearing my story, she suggested we get a blessing and some holy water. I grew up a southern-baptist preachers daughter, so I had no idea what they even meant. She proceeded to tell the priest what happened to me, and he thought it was in our heads. So, he sent us on our merry way with a water bottle full of holiness and no blessing. I didn’t think it was possible for a priest to deny someone of prayer, but I guess its acceptable in The Swamp.

3.Spanish Moss takes a whole new meaning in Gainesville.

Charleston, South Carolina has to be one of my most favorite places on earth. The trees, the history; everything about it is wonderful. Upon my arrival to Gainesville, I didn’t expect to see this beautiful Spanish Moss laced over the trees. The University of Florida is a beautiful place, and if you haven’t made the trip, it’s worth seeing.

4. Gumby’s Pizza is the way to go.

After finishing up our work on Saturday, we were starving and just looked for something quick. I found Gumby’s Pizza on Google and thought it just looked like a neat place. If you are looking for pizza and a neat sports atmosphere, this is your hang out. The pizza was extraordinary and the perfect thing for a tired Saturday night on the go.

Needless to say, my UF experience with nothing less than interesting. Check out more of my travel blogs the rest of this season and into basketball season, as well.

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