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Friday, February 27, 2009

Florida: At Last!!!!

Here is a map of the final part of our trip down to Florida. Just hit the minus sign a few times to get a smaller map:

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We drove right from Savannah to my daughter's house in Madeira Beach, Florida. We considered going down the east coast to Palm Beach Shores to see my elderly Aunt Elsie, but when we called her, she wasn't feeling well, and we did not want to disturb her by coming to visit and stressing her. We put the quickest route on our TOMTOM GPS, only to be directed into Orlando. BIG MISTAKE! There had been an accident and traffic was backed up for miles. It took us nearly 2 1/2 hours to go through the city and it was almost bumper to bumper. Then, that made us so late that we hit Tampa on their rush hour and it was also bumper to bumper due to some construction on one of the causeways.
Isn't it always the case that when you get close to the end of a seems like it takes forever to get there?
Anyway, the GPS got us to her front door about an hour before she got home from work. She had left a key for us, so we let ourselves in and awaited anxiously for that BIG HUG from her when she came in the door. (We haven't been together in person for over 7 months!) Sure felt good!!!!
We have been to the beach for two days now because the temperature finally warmed up to 78 to 80 degrees. Madeira Beach has several small little beaches along the coast so it isn't crowded and you can walk for miles down the shore.
For today's post, I am going to put some random Florida pictures for you below. I have some more of John's Pass which I will save for tomorrow's post. I have a lot of photos of the birds down here, because I think the birds are fantastic. Enjoy!~

This little guy waited for the light to change at a busy intersection and then crossed the street! Smart bird!:

One of the many sunsets I was blessed to see:

A few photos of the local flowers I saw along the many walks we have taken through my daughter's neighborhood:

Another cute bird we saw (you know I love the bird photos!):

Waves crashing on the beach:

Madeira Beach on a cooler day. Looks almost empty, doesn't it?

Another beautiful sunset:

Heading across a causeway:

A turkey duck. Don't they look weird???

My next post will be about John's Pass, which is a cute little shopping area on water.
Stay tuned!!!......


Anonymous said...

Dude, these are fantastic photos! I especially love the wave photo! Seriously, that is the kind of thing you see in a calendar or a post card or something.

I'm glad you got there safe! Have a ball!

Anonymous said...

Also, I think it interesting that my security comment password thingy was "winge".

efaqffqaewfm said...

lol the "turkey duck" is called a Muscovey... they started migrating to our area a number of years back and we were like, "What sort of ugly ass duck is this thing??" They do a wierd hissing thing when you make 'em mad too :)

I tagged you with the Confessions tag on my blog :o) Check it out if you're interested!

The Retired One said...

Kearsie: Thanks! I love my camera,I just got it at Xmas this year and it is very user friendly yet can do close-ups (which I love). The wave one did come out kinda neat...I have a few more too of just the waves. Winge...because of all the birds, right? Wing-ey thingeys.

VaBookworm: thanks, I didn't know their name. It is ugly, but I can't look away. hahahahahaaaa
I will check out your blog, but probably won't get to do the confessions thing until I get back...thanks for thinking of me!

Insanitykim said...

If that bird breeded with a chicken, it would BE the first TurDuckEn! wow! :)

Glad you're having a great time! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos! SO waiting for spring here!

Rick (Ratty) said...

The bird photos are great. I always like to see different kinds of birds. The one I like best though was the crashing waves. I don't remember seeing any pictures like that since I actually started paying attention to pictures.

dreamwalker said...

Oh wow...breathtaking pictures you've got there. Glad to hear you're having a good time!

The Retired One said...

Insanity Kim: A Turducken...I LOVE it. You may have to do a post about breeding different kinds of birds. You know: like a mocking bird and a robin=
a mockrob (or a robmock)?

Ratty: I will try and get some more crashing wave pictures. My camera has a feature to catch high speed action, but I haven't played with it it is hard to catch waves without the photo blurring. I will see what I can do and try and post some more if I get good ones for you.

Dreamwalker: Thanks. Today is our last day at the beach. It is supposed to be close to 80 degrees,then it is going to drop into the 60's (and we are starting our journey back north on Monday, although we are only going an hour or so north and spending one more north at some relatives house for one night). Thanks for following the blog as I travel everyone!!!!

Loree said...

Awesome pictures. I especially love the sunset ones but the birds are cute too. Oh...the crashing wave was gorgeous too.

rainfield61 said...

I noticed I have a visitor from Florida when I checked through my visitor path, I knew you have finally reached Florida.
Thanks for the beautiful pictures but not the last day at the beach.
Beaches are beautiful and I can find them in my neighbourhood.

Svetlana said...

I could ever dream about Florida... Thank you for that opportunity.

Rjet33 said...

Ooo, that Indian Blanket flower is beautiful! Love all the pics. Thanks for sharing them! Makes me wish I was there!

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