On the way to Florida…and beyond

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the parking lot of an outlet mall near St. Augustine, Florida. My wife and I are on our way to visit my mom for a couple of days before heading down to Ft. Lauderdale to catch a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We’ve cruised the Western Caribbean before, and have been wanting to cruise out to the Eastern side. Our ports of call include the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, a tiny island that is jointly owned by the Dutch and the French. We’ll also visit St. Thomas, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are just northeast of Puerto Rico. Although it’s rather warm this time of year, we hope the trade winds will keep us cool We’re exited to set sail!

The price of gas…

…keeps going up and up. But is it enough to affect my travel plans this summer? Maybe. Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the price of gas is well over $3 a gallon, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming down soon. So maybe I should stay home, blog more, and travel less.Below is a video about how gas prices may be affecting travel plans this Memorial Day weekend. Essentially, people are saying they still plan to drive, even though it will cost more. Makes me glad I own a Prius.

By the way, the video player above is from TheNewsRoom, a service that provides ad-supported content for web sites. When you click on the video, you’ll see a short ad before you see the story. This is the first time I’ve done anything on this blog (or any blog I’ve written) where I have incorporated “monetized” content. I’ve been exploring some of my options to help pay for the hosting costs associated with drthompsen.com and the other web sites I own, and I’ve finally decided to take the bait and see if I can earn a few pennies. I don’t think I’ll get rich from it, but if I can at least cover part of my hosting costs, I guess it will be worth it.