On day 5, we drove down to Clearwater to visit the beach. It was cloudy the whole day and we had spotty rain, but we still had a lot of fun. The boys had never seen the ocean before, so they had a lot of fun just splashing around a little and playing in the sand.
On day 3, we finished the drive down to Lakeland, then spent some time with Grandma Mary. Kyle and Ian were immediately drawn to the golf cart, which all the residents of the neighborhood use to make short trips. We drove down the street in the golf cart a couple of times to see the wildlife in the creek that runs along the edge of the neighborhood.
On day 4, we drove to nearby Plant City, home of Parksdale Farms. This place is known for it’s strawberries, and you can see why as soon as you walk in. The main attraction is the giant bowls of strawberry shortcake they sell. We ate our shortcake, unanimously elected Kyle as Strawberry King, then went to visit Grandpa in the hospital.
This is the first in a series of posts about our vacation to Florida. We had a fun, if exhausting, 11 day trip. Highlights (other than the thrillling 40 hours of driving) included a trip to the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a stay at Grandma’s, a trip to the beach, three days at Disney World, a day in Savannah, and a drive along the Blue Ridge parkway.
It finally warmed up enough for the snow to start melting. This is the first time we have seen the grass since mid-December.
This morning we saw proof that our rabbit is still very much alive and well (we thought he might have been hit by a car last fall).
This is the same rabbit that ate every single one of our edamame plants last spring. Time to send the cats outside.