Hello, and happy belated Thanksgiving!
Just 10 days ago, Chels and I bolted town in advance of the kids to spend a few kid-free days on the Florida beaches before meeting up with the kids, my folks, and my sister Kate at Disney World. I’ll warn you that just on my own I have over 900 pictures from the trip, and I haven’t even checked on Chelsea’s memory card yet. So it’s going to be all Florida, all the time for a few days around here.
Today I’ll give you a quick outline of the itinerary, and then over the rest of the week I’ll review each day in detail. We flew from Philly to Tampa on the evening of the 20th, and then drove to the island town of Boca Grande, about two hours south of Tampa, not far from Fort Myers. There we met up with our friends Ginger and Richard, who had also ditched their kids for the weekend. A relative of theirs has a beachfront condo on Boca Grande, so as you can imagine we tolerated the squalor as best we could.
We spent Friday and Saturday nights on Boca Grande, and then parted company with Ginger and Richard when they had to go back to Tampa for work and the kids. Chels and I then went on to spend two nights on Siesta Key, which is also on the Gulf of Mexico coast and roughly halfway between Boca Grande and Tampa. Siesta Key is directly adjacent to Sarasota. We endured further deprivation there as we stayed in a resort about 100 yards from the beach.
Tuesday morning we woke up terribly, terribly early and drove up to Tampa, where we collected Ginger and Richard’s daughters, who are the same ages as Nick and Maria. We then trooped up to Disney to meet up with the rest of the Sperger tribe and to spend the day at Epcot. We got rained on a bit, but we had a nice time. The girls stayed with us Tuesday night and then Richard picked them up Wednesday morning.
Wednesday we went to Sea World, which I hadn’t done since I was 10 years old. It poured rain all day, so we nearly had the place to ourselves.
Thursday the rain cleared out and we had a good Thanksgiving, starting out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM). We went to dinner at a restaurant in the Contemporary Resort and then spent a late evening at the Magic Kingdom, which was open until midnight.
Friday it was time for us to go home. Chels and I drove back down to Tampa, had lunch with Ginger, and hopped on our flight home. The rest of the gang came home Saturday afternoon.
More to come! Stay tuned.