As you know from my last post, the Tumbleweeds were in Florida recently.
My Wyoming friends roll their eyes when I tell them how hot it is in Florida and I can't blame them, really. It has been know to snow in June in Wyoming, but I just can't abide the heat. And the humidity is so thick and heavy, it's like wearing a hot wet Snuggie™ around your head. And arms because Snuggies™ have sleeves.
It wasn't as hot as it could have been and we did get to have our own bathroom. For several days. *squeal*
Sarasota is on the west coast of Florida, south of Tampa and is home to the Ringling Bros. Circus, tons of old people and Siesta Key, a barrier island known for its powdery white sand.
We were there during the World Championship Sand Sculpting Event but only saw them from a distance, outside of the the roped off area because; A: we ran out of gas in the parking lot while waiting in line to find a spot among the 13.7 million other people waiting to find a spot, B: we got sidetracked with a couple who had a Boxer almost as cute as Jas, and 3: we didn't pay the $5 to get in closer because there was only 15 minutes left before they shut it down.
And Jeopardy was coming on soon. Shut up, we don't get to watch tv that often.
If you want to see them go here. The sand is so fine it feels like powdered sugar and they really did some cool things with it.
|This is not a sand sculpture. Unless by|
sand sculpture you mean sand that
has been walked on by a bunch
of people who should not
I joke about there being a lot of old people in Florida because it's one of those stereotypes that are true, but it's true only for the lower half of Florida.
Northern Florida has winter, working people, and southern accents. There are beaches and the summer and spring are hot, but it's not the Florida that you're most likely to see on tv or in movies.
Orlando, in the middle of the state, is the
armpit dividing point. Anywhere south of there is more made-for-tv Florida: retirees, bright colors, banana trees, and Yankee accents.
If I weren't such a pansy about the heat, I would extol the virtues of all the different kinds of Florida there are. It would be an awesome state if not for that water-boarding Snuggie™ of heat oppression.
I don't want to end on a negative so I leave you with the following pictures guaranteed to make you happy, especially if you like sharks or hot dogs. And really, who doesn't?
|Just a little Florida landscaping|
in the neighborhood.
Jaws cruising along crushed
glass and seashells.
|Deep fried hot dog at The Old Salty Dog.|
A dog friendly place on Siesta Key.
Well, not friendly to hot dogs, obviously.
|Don't say you've never wished this would|
happen to that RV in front of you
on the highway.