Sea of people and blue umbrella shades
Feet in the beautifully cold water
Heading up north to JW’s. Unfortunately not north enough for us cold lovin’ folk. My god it is hot in Florida in March! But the folks love it, and that’s all that matters. Next year we will be coming earlier though; like January. Just in hopes it will stay in the 70’s.
I do understand that there are different personality types. In this case people who love this weather in difference to snow. Fortunately just as his folks are on the same page in loving the Florida heat, Hubby and I prefer the colder side.
But that being said, Florida does have its wonderful pluses. While there we wanted to visit the beach, walk on the sand, and hear the waves crashing. So we headed to Clearwater, stopping in Tarpon Springs for some fantastic Greek food, and shopping.
Well our idea of stopping by the beach was nowhere near what we experienced. It is Spring Break time in Florida. It is insane! Thousands of people on the road to the beach. Hotels packed, traffic, people, did I mention all the people? We drove around for quite a time just looking for a place to park, and finally found a 1/2 hour meter. We walked through the sea of people and blue umbrella shades, made it to the ocean, and walked into the beautifully cold water. The sun was low enough in the sky to make the ocean sparkle. It was beautiful!
I had my camera, but with the sun in my face and all the people, I pretty much guessed the camera settings and hoped for the best, and I will admit I did take some on automatic to be safe. It was actually a good feeling. I’m starting to feel secure enough again to be ok with my own choices for the camera, and letting the camera decide. Especially when the sun is so bright you couldn’t see the LED screen on the camera if your life depended on it. But then again, back in the day we didn’t have a screen to look at. So it took me back a bit too.
We headed back to the car with minutes to spare on the meter. I took a few more pictures of the pier, hotels, people – it was quite an experience. I am so glad we went, but I’m sorry, I just don’t understand the appeal. Crowds of people, bumper-to-bumper traffic, money running through your fingers like water. I’d much rather be on a quiet chilly beach up north, walking hand-one-hand with my Hubby. I’m sure there are those that think that doesn’t sound like fun at all. But to each their own, right 🙂