COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford has left the governor's mansion and is on his way to visit his family in Florida, his office said Friday.
Sanford departed the mansion, where he has spent much of the last 48 hours, in the passenger seat of a state vehicle.
Sanford will spend the holiday weekend with his wife and their four boys.
"The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend," his spokesman said in a statement yesterday. "The Sanford's also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July."
The trip marks the first time Sanford has spent time with his wife since he revealed to the Associated Press that his mistress is a "soul mate" and that he had "crossed lines" with other women.
Jenny Sanford released a statement Thursday calling Sanford's actions "inexcusable," but she left the door open to reconciling with her husband.
"The real issue now is one of forgiveness," she said in a statement. "I am willing to forgive Mark for his actions."