Over the past week, we’ve been vacationing in Florida having a grand time! Kalonji had to work so it was me, my sister, and the kids. We went to go visit my mother in the Tampa Bay area.
Day 1: Tuesday, June 1
To drive from Nashville to my mother is a 12-hour drive, so pretty much the whole day was spent in the car. Lots of conversation, snacks and bathroom stops characterized our day.
We arrived at my mom’s home at about 10pm. However, we did stop at the University of Florida where Kelli did her undergrad so she could have a nostalgic drive-through of the campus. One of the things that was interesting was a wall of graffiti they have and allow the students to paint.
We arrived at my mom’s house at about 10pm. So, after some catching up chit-chat, it was off to bed we go.
Day 2: June 3, 2010
Sleeping in of course — we didn’t head out for the day until around noon. My stepfather Ron does not go to work until later in the day, so each morning during our vacation he took the kids to accompany him on his daily walk around a nearby lake. Miles took the following picture on their first day out.
After freshening up, we went to Heritage Village, a nearby living history museum where they have multiple historic buildings and they demonstrate how life was lived back “in the day.” There were 28 buildings on the site, but we arrived late so several were closed off and we saw about half of them. What we did see was very interesting though. One of the buildings on campus was the Union Academy, a hand-me down school for black children. It was active around 1915 and the building used to be in Tarpon Springs, Florida and was one of the first “negro” schools in the county.
After Heritage Village we headed down to the St. Petersburg Pier, a local spot for viewing the water and a beautiful view of downtown St. Petersburg, Clearwater, & Tampa. At the top of the pier the kids looked through the binoculars to look at the view.
Even Kaleya got in on the fun
On our way out, the kids fed dead fish to the outside pelicans.
When we were leaving the Pier, we passed an interesting looking tree, a Kapok tree, so we got out to let the kids climb it.
Then it was time to call it a day so we headed back to my mother’s house for the evening. Now, the great thing about Florida is that the pools in her complex are open year-round, so at about 9pm we went swimming and of course the kids loved that!