Sunset off Clearwater Beach.
In just a month (April 7th), I’ll be driving back to the Tampa Bay area again to visit my son. I’ll be there for 5 days, until the 12th. This time, my daughter is coming along with me, since she hasn’t seen where he lives before.
When I went in August last year, it was the first time I’d ever been in Florida, and since my son was working most of the week I was there, I had time to spend alone exploring the area. One of my favorite discoveries was the bath-warm waters of the Gulf near his home, with its ever-shifting tides that expose the silt-like sand at low tide. There aren’t a lot of tourists there in August (too hot), so that trip actually turned out to be not only a peaceful, but also a spiritual experience — not to mention that I got to see my son and spend time with him and do some fun things together.
The tide going out at Rees Park.
For me, the worst part of any vacation is returning from one. I remember how hard it was to re-adjust to my daily routine when I came home. For a while, I wanted to move to Florida, but I have changed my mind about that for a few reasons, mostly because of global warming. Central-west Florida may be submerged in the near future. I also don’t think I’d care much for the weather, due to the near-constant threat of severe storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
This time, I won’t be returning home just as my SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sets in. Spring is my best time of year, and my mood improves with the lengthening days, so I shouldn’t be blindsided by the double whammy of oncoming SAD and post-vacation blues at the same time.
My son may have to work again for part of the time I’m there, but he thinks he can get off most of the days I’m there, so that means more time spent together. Clearwater Beach is definitely on the agenda, and this time we are going to visit the famous aquarium there too. We might even drive to Disney World, but I’m not sure yet. None of us have ever been there. I might try my hand at fishing again.
Whatever we wind up doing, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve already booked the room (because there are two of us this time, we’re staying at a nearby motel). I’m getting excited about our road trip!
I’ll be bringing my laptop along with me, just as I did in August, so I can still blog while I’m there.
All photos you see here were taken by me during my trip in August of last year.