Molly had a pretty big day today. Involved her usual morning of napping, eating and playing mixed in with an afternoon adventure to St. Augustine.
- First visit to St. Augustine
- First mashed potatoes
- First fish (broiled Mahi Mahi)
- Crawling-like motion with true forward progress
- Came eye-to-eye with a seagull
- First trip to a marina
- First time on a floating dock
Test drove some cars today.
VW Tiguan: Fun to drive, roomy in the front and back seats. Almost like a GTI in handling. Comfortable ride. Seems quite versatile. Typically solid interior fit and finish. And this was on the S edition. SE brings roof rack, improved seat material (IMHO, not a whole lot nicer), improved audio. I think the S is pretty solid in and of itself.
Jetta TDI: 40+ MPG with diesel, even better in real-world conditions. It is mated to a DSG transmission which I didn’t notice (possibly because there were no paddle shifters? They would seem a bit out of place on a diesel.) My impression: it seemed to putter around town with only minimal pushing on the pedal. Huh. After all I’d heard about the torque with the TDI, I was almost disappointed. Almost, until I stomped on the pedal. It took off. Just took off. Huh. Also noticed some wierd vibrations at certain RPM’s, I guess the kind one would expect in a diesel. In the end, I still might buy one someday just because how…novel the car drove. It was unique and fun, well appointed at standard entries without fuzz.
We love white chocolate pretzels. Don’t ask why. They’re in the same class as burgers from the Virginian: just one of those cravings that creep up from time to time.
Vacation! Erin and I realized we haven’t been on vacation since, oh, about March.
So far, this has been beautiful. More pictures to post later.
The Blue Ridge Parkway....