Vacation is good. It recharges those internal batteries that slowly lose power from too much stress, work, and deadlines. All the things in our every day lives drains our batteries, even the good times, so it's good to take a break and get away from it all.
That is what we did a few weeks ago to a place where the sun was shining, the breezes were warm, and there wasn't a drop of rain in sight. That place was St. Petersburg, Florida, or more specifically, Maderia Beach.
|Madeira Beach in the Morning|
This was taken from our balcony. What a great view! It was past the early morning hour, and although the weather was warm, there were few people out. I guess everyone else was already getting their breakfast [growl].
|Sandy Shore Condo|
This was our first experience with renting a condo, and it was definitely a good one. We had a one bedroom unit with full kitchen, 2 TVs, a nice balcony and the whole wall facing the Gulf was glass. There were assigned parking spaces, and our unit had covered parking. This was a great choice, and I'd stay there again. Oh, the heated pool was nice, too.
|I didn't see any, did you?|
On the trip down, we always stop at this rest area just as we get on I-75 around Gainsville. This sign has always been there, but I haven't seen the first snake. Apparently there was one...once upon a time.
|A Slimy Alligator|
What they don't warn you about is the alligator living in the slimy pond at that same rest area. Go figure. An alligator you can see vs. invisible poisonous snakes. This pond is fenced in...which makes me wonder just how he got in there in the first place.
St. Pete has been our vacation spot for almost 20 years, and we continue to discover new places and things to do. Over the years, we've seen places come and go. Favorite restaurants have been there one year and gone the next. One place that has been there for over 60 years, and under present management for over 20, is Kenny's Korner. It is a small restaurant in Reddington Beach that serves breakfast and lunch.
|Beach at Ft. DeSoto|
|One of many "white birds"|
|Don't mind me...just warming my buns.|