Same girl, different place

Me and my Kia Soul rental car

Me and my Kia Soul rental car

I’m still not quite refocused from my recent trip to Florida but as a writer, there’s always something I can ramble about. I discovered some interesting things during my visit to the “Sunshine State.” Among these discoveries were that it isn’t always sunny (unless you drive south out of the stalled cold front) and that no matter where I am, I’m always the same girl. I am an explorer, an investigator, a woman with an insatiable curiosity about the world around me, both past and present.

Much of my exploration was in this part of Florida

Much of my exploration was in this part of Florida

My plans for this vacation were to soak up the sunshine, do some swimming, relax and walk along the beach picking up shells. The inclement weather prevented me from doing many of the things on that list but by driving south to Sanibel Island, I was finally able to enjoy the sun, warmth and shell collecting. I didn’t do that until my final day there but the days before that were full of new and amazing adventures that expanded my mind, opened my heart, awakened my spirit and introduced me to new animals.

A new path to explore!

A new path to explore!

The armadillo I met on that path.

The armadillo I met on that path.

While my trip did not go as I planned, I believe it went as it was intended to and that I traveled exactly where my destiny and the powers that be wanted me to. My awareness of the world around me has greatly increased and I’ve received fresh inspiration for all my creative talents. I did not bring the Florida warmth back home with me but I have the memory of it to keep me company during the last few months of winter as I get my hands into fun, new projects!

Hanging out in a mangrove exhibit

Hanging out in a mangrove exhibit

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Escaping to Warmth

Image courtesy of World Travel Guide

Today is supposedly the last extremely frigid day in the forecast for a while. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be a tropical 26 degrees Farenheit. Then again, today was supposed to get up to 15 degrees and right now it sits happily at 7 degrees, feels like -6 with winds gusting to 35 mph. Warmth doesn’t seem to actually be happening here until May if we’re lucky so guess what? I’m getting the heck out of dodge and escaping to warmth!

I’m quite often ghost writing about Florida warmth as if I live there but now I’m finally heading to the Sunshine State to experience it first hand. Yes, I do realize that today some places in Florida were in the 40s but to that I say: it’s not 7!!! Or worse, the negative whatever it’s felt like for the past several days here. At this point I’d probably be wearing shorts in 40 degree weather.

A week from today I’m hopping on a plane bound for the sunny south. My mother is coming too as I treat both of us to a long-awaited thaw out from winter’s frigid temperatures. I haven’t been to Florida since I drove the girls and my mom down to Disney World years ago. I haven’t been on a plane in over two years. Even so, I’m looking forward to the whole trip because I love to travel! And I love the beach, the ocean and warmth!

New England is still my favorite trip destination and I will be traveling there soon but I just need a break from all the cold. I’ll only be in Florida for a few days but I’m confident it will perk up my spirits and help cure the winter drearies that threaten to overwhelm me. I look forward to watching the sunsets and sunrises over the ocean, walking the beach in the early morning and not having to dress in several layers every day. Time to dust off the shorts and summer dresses and dig out the sunblock because this pale chick is off to soak up the heat!