After all my whining about the cold, the weather is hot! No interlude of warming up, just cold to hot. Suddenly it seems that winter is over and the temps are summer-like. 88 degrees anyone? Unlike summer, there is no humidity to speak of yet, few mosquitos (although they are multiplying) and the mornings and evenings are still cooling down. Real summer in Florida does not offer these bonuses, or so the locals say.
We braved (read: took our lives in our hands) the traffic the other day and soldiered out to Clearwater Beach. The beach is lovely – the citification (is that a word? I must check. Update: I did check. It’s not a word, but I am leaving it) of the strip along the beach road with high rises hotels, restaurants and tourist shops does not detract from the beauty of the sand, beach grass and the ocean. We walked north, and then hiked along the beach, past the gaudy tourist traps, past several mansions with pools and tennis courts, finally, reaching the sparkley silvers, gold and blues reflecting off the palmettos and palm trees of the natural shoreline, to Caladesi Island State Park.
A few images from the day. We held out until sunset, figuring the beach trumps sitting in traffic trying to get out.
We are now less than two weeks from pulling out of Florida. We are almost ready to brave the unknowns of points north. Maybe some of this Florida heat wave will come with us!