We arrived in Tampa at 1p and went grocery shopping. We realized right away that traffic in Tampa is not that great -- with all of the constructions and congested highways. But while stuck in traffic, we found this radio station: SpiritFM (Catholic and Christian station) and heard about Theology on Tap that night. Guess what we did: oh yeah, we crashed their party. The topic was faithful citizenship. Very appropriate since the national election is coming up.
View from our suite -- Tampa Bay
Theology on Tap 986 miles from home
Day 2 - Wed 10/22
We drove to Clearwater to enjoy some sun, sand and gulf water. It was the first game of the World series so we went to Ybor City to watch the game.
Attack of the birds
Run for your life, baba
Beautiful handiwork of our Lord.
Pier 60 in Clearwater
Day 3 - Thurs 10/23
Orlando for a day. We went to Universal Studios -- both Islands of Adventure and Main theme park.
Look at that big smile -- he's right at home!
I look tougher than Cyclops
AAAHH! Derrick's gonna get eaten!
@ Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant
Day 4 - Fri 10/24
It was bleak, cloudy, gray day. We drove along the gulf coast -- from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater (again) but the rain followed us.
Night at Ybor (again) -->
Because we wanted to eat at Acropolis Cafe -- belly dancing every Fri-Sun. With tons of napkins on the floor!
Day 5 - Sat 10/25
It was time to go to Anna Maria Island -- an hour get-away, quiet, resort south of Tampa/St Pete. The skyway bridge was impressive. This was also Aimee and Alex's wedding, Jamie's birthday and gross anatomy team 1 reunion (minus J).
My hubby loves the water
He likes St. Pete!
I miss my sushi partner! It was nice to see you Aim at your wedding! love you.
Day 6 - Sun 10/26
A relaxing Sunday just in Anna Maria Island. We went to Church at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Bradenton. And God blessed us with a beautiful, beautiful sunset!
It's almost gone
And it's gone
Day 7 - Monday 10/27
Off to Tampa to see the Prathers! But before that, we went to the northshore of Anna Maria Island and I killed even more skin cells in my body.... Derrick just stayed under the shade. We also watched the Colts vs Titan game that night. I cannot believe Colts are 3-4. Nooooo! I wore my personalized colts jersey (tnx hubby!) and was very proud even though we still lost.
We saw a manatee here at the pier!!!
"My head hurts
Because of this --> check out next pict
...I am this dark
Day 8 - Tues 10/28
Just hung out at Jamie and Andrew's complex. Did a lot of reading under the sun and enjoyed the poolside for an hour.
view from the Prathers' 2nd floor deck
The friendly duck