Monday, April 07, 2008

“The waves of the sea help me get back to me.”

So - we are back. Back to Chicago's version of April. I liked Florida's better. Mid 80's and sunny. Blue skies, gorgeous beaches, good food and a car with a sun roof. Sigh. What could be better?
After flying in to Tampa on Monday night, we spent a day at my dad's - and of course we had to go to Clearwater Beach....and Sonic. :)
Jen and I headed out on our Florida Road trip on Wednesday, with my dad and sister accompanying us as far as Cocoa Beach. We did a huge circular drive of mid to southern Florida via the coast. We ended up driving 1175 miles in just a couple days, hitting Cocoa Beach, Miami, the keys - all the way to Key West, back up and across Alligator alley to Naples before giving in and jumping on the interstate to make some good time getting back to Tampa.
We still found time to eat, hit the pool, watch the sunset, etc. and Jen found time to do two small (4 mile) runs as well as one 16 mile run. How would you like to run 16 miles in 85 degree heat with 50% humidity when you are used to running in Chicagoland where it barely broke the 40's and was super dry before we left on the trip? Needless to say the pool was a necessity after that run!
Anyway - here are some pix. Enjoy!

Clearwater Beach

Sunset at Hudson Beach

Sunset at Hudson Beach

Key Lime Pie to die for

Dixie Crossroads....It's been about 15 years since I've been here.....

at Dixie Crossroads

The famous fish pond at Dixie Crossroads.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach

Seward Johnson's God Bless America sculpture - Key West, FL

Mallory Square - Key West, FL

There are roosters all over Key West - you should hear them all crowing in the morning!

Sunset at Mallory Square

the flagship restaurant


Jen at the Southernmost point in the Continental U.S.

Orange Tree in my dad's back yard

Lemons waiting to ripen on the tree in my dad's back yard


Our Lizard friends...


And my final thought? myspace graphic comments

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