We met through her site, "a sharing connection" about three years ago when I first participated in one of her story photo challenges. I don't think I've missed a post since. A sharing connection is funny, thoughtful and thought provoking. Sara puts herself into each photo story challenge, offers words of wisdom and delights us with her fictional stories. She has also been a great inspiration to me as I explore the world of writing.
So after a number of emails and Google searches for a place to meet, we finally settled on a date and time, each coming from a different direction. We spent the night in Brunswick, GA and they drove in from Tallahassee, each about two hours.
I had been looking forward to this for a long time, and I will tell you that Sara is just as delightful in person as she is online. We had a wonderful double date with her and her boyfriend. The long-awaited lunch took place at Mike's Cafe & Grille.
I was worried about being late, so we ended up at the restaurant about a half hour early. We walked in and when the hostess asked "two for lunch?" we told her we were having lunch with another couple that we hadn't met so we chose a table where we could see the door and keep an eye out for them. Even though we'd never met in person, it was instant recognition, like greeting old friends after a long absence.
We chatted non-stop for two hours trying to cram as much in as possible. We talked about food, wine, traded cat stories, and talked about their home renovation project (I hope that has been completed now), and of course, blogging.
Sadly, lunch was over way too soon - I felt like we had barely gotten started and could have gone on talking for hours. We hugged, took pictures, and they headed home while we set out to see what Lake City had to offer.
|Alligator Lake Park|
|Spanish Moss on a Live Oak|
|Falling Creek Falls|
|Overnight at Cabot Lodge|
This was a lovely day, and our visit with my friend, Sara was definitely the highlight.