We wanted to fit in as much as possible during her short stay; where we live, where we spend our time, why we love it here, without spending a lot of time in the car. We don't really do much except walk the dog, have coffee, sit by the river...blah, blah, blah. She was up for anything; just wanted to relax. Yeah, we do that a lot, too.
Since it was only 15 minutes from the airport, we stopped at the Manatee Park to see the manatees, or not. We read in the paper that the manatees don't like the cold water in the gulf (colder than 68*) and they hang out in the park, near a warm water discharge from the Florida Power & Light company. It's the best place to see them between November and March, but NOT when the air temperature has been in the 80's for the past couple of days and the gulf water has warmed to more than 68*. We looked and looked, moved from one spot to another to get a really good look and looked some more. Not.A.Single.Manatee.In.The.Park! Luckily there was a nice volunteer that informed us not to hurt ourselves looking because there was Not.A.Single (or married for that matter) Manatee.In.The.Park. The gulf waters were too warm and they weren't traveling down the Orange River to the park. Apparently they didn't get the memo that Wendy was here and we wanted to see manatees.
|Can you tell it was windy?|
|Manatee Park on the Orange River|
|No manatees ;o( No alligators ;o)|
|Two chicks and a "sea cow"|
On Sunday,Wendy and I went to the farmer's market at History Park. We did a little sightseeing and saw some amazing things...my condo at Maria Manor, the Animal Welfare League and Ponce de Leon Park. I know, very exciting! After picking up Mr. Bill and Sir Titan, we went for a walk along the river, then lunch at Arby's. We took another short road trip to show Wendy the Tampa Bay Rays spring training stadium and Charlotte Harbor Beach Park. You can determine from our attire and very little detective work that it wasn't the warmest day on record; overcast and breezy.
|Fishing Pier along our walk on the Peace River|
|Pier at Charlotte Harbor Beach Park|
Fish jump in the air briefly
Geckos in the tree
Wendy and I left Mr. Bill to enjoy some alone time in the sun with a good cigar while we did some shopping, after which we returned to Cubby's for some of their awesome, homemade ice cream. Yum!
We picked up pizza for dinner as Mr. Bill wasn't feeling very well.
After an early walk with Sir Titan along Tamiami Trail, we tried some coffee from the Hava Java Coffee Shop and learned a valuable lesson. If you are going to sit outside in the sun and enjoy your coffee, look before you sit...
As I watched her walk away, I realized that she is no longer my little girl. She has grown into a beautiful, responsible, compassionate young woman and I couldn't be more proud to call her my daughter. I was sad to see her leave so quickly but thoroughly enjoyed her visit; she is easy company and her visit made me very happy.
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