Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. March 2010.
When I wrote about embracing winter, I mentioned that my favorite way to survive this dreaded season is to escape it. And taking a trip somewhere warm when your home state is buried in snow is pretty much the best thing ever.
I first discovered this in 2004, when Larry and I took our first vacation together - to the Caribbean. He knew that I hated winter, so we traded February in D.C. for some turquoise water and white sand...
Virgin Gorda, BVI. February 2004.
Of course, a yearly jaunt to the Caribbean isn't exactly in our budget, but I'm happy to settle for a few days in Florida. Luckily, my Dad owns a condo there - convenient, right? Last March, I packed up my flip flops and spent a few days in South Florida soaking up some sunshine...
View from Dad's balcony:
View from my beach chair:
View while dipping my toes in the clear clear water:
Dad contemplates a late afternoon swim:
Another fun thing to do - ride an airboat through the Everglades:
And look for gators. Found one!
The river of grass:
We always take a tram tour through Everglades National Park. More gators...
"That's a fine piece of tail, she-gator!"
George, our tour guide:
Also, I have no idea what this sign means, but it cracks me up:
A congregation of gators:
They look fake. (They aren't!)
See ya later, alligator!
Where do you go to escape winter?