Vacationing in Florida Without Disney

There’s more to Florida than Walt Disney World. There, I said it. The last visit we took in January yielded an opportunity to really explore the State and see its many attractions and natural beauty. We visited museums, beaches, stores, and more.

Here are some of the highlights in pictures:

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After all, Florida is called the Sunshine State. Most of our visits over the years have been blessed with lots of sun and high temperatures. Above, I am cleaning the excess sunshine off my windshield so that I can drive safely.

Birds 010     Wildlife

I was staying with the in-laws in a rather large trailer community and got lost trying to get out. I ended up at a golf course where I was delayed as these four birds decided to cross the road. I guess the answer to the famous joke as to why a bird would cross the road is ‘to play golf’!

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Birds on the beach and… at Wendy’s Restaurant

Scenery     today 006

today 030     So many interesting shapes and shades of colors

I find the indigenous plants to be very interesting subjects for photographic essays! I rarely visit Florida without coming home with hundreds of scenery shots.

Lastly, I have an exclusive shot of a new Hotel on one of the beaches:

Birds 007     Beaches

It may not be a Marriott Hotel, but these small snails seem to consider this heel from a flip-flop shoe to be 5-star! My wife found this and called me over and we enjoyed watching the snails heads come in and out of their shells… until the tide came in and gave us all soakers!

So these are just a few of my impressions of Florida, not as a tourist trap, but as The Sunshine State.

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