Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tampa in 24hrs

So Tampa was pretty cool. Actually it was pretty warm. We decided on Friday that we should leave on Saturday and come back on Sunday. A sweet 24 hr tour of Tampa Bay and the beaches. I'd say it was worth it. Traveling usually is worth it.
We rented a Mustang convertible - i hate salespeople because they can talk me into anything. Anybody who knows me would say "why didn't you rent a prius?". Well its because the only things you can rent there it seemed were Hummers and Mustangs. And we figured, while in America, may as well drive like an Amercan.
The other funny thing about Tampa is all the retired Canadians. We met some at breakfast in our hotel. Thinking back, it was totally obvious that they were Canadian. You just had to compare them too the people sitting opposite them. The loud, obnoxious, 'Get a load of this Martha' stereotype is so true.
Overall it was just amazing to go from -25 to +25 in a few hours. We kept bracing for a biting cold every time we went outside only to be hit with a blast of warm Florida air. But truth be told, I would rather live in Canada and vacation in Northern Ontario (in the summer). That point hit home as we were flying home and I saw an ad in a mag for the Muskokas. I had this picture of a windswept pine tree on a rock island on a perfectly still lake in the middle of the Canadian shield. That will beat Florida every time.Deicing in Toronto - It took 1.5 hours
A classic shot over Virginia
Tampa Airport
Irene in her element
Welcome to America
The 'Stang
Some refreshing architecture. Actually the real reason i posted this pic was because of the kid getting yelled at by the guy on the front steps.
Palm treeage.
Tampa Fountains Rule.
More palm treeage - i think it's the only thing that grows there.Beside a model of a Spanish church.
Funky, but useless concrete.
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