Monday, December 21, 2009

Suntrek Trip #5 - Florida Sunshine "A"

Mountain View, CA - Happy Holidays Everyone!!!  Suwei and I are now back in California for about 10 days of visiting with family and friends.  So far, we have held a Christmas/Slideshow/End of the Year/Pizza Night get together at Eng-Shien's place, we've gone for a run through the redwoods up in Huddart, we have met up with Mike, Christy and Natalie for a drink in San Francisco, and we've gone for a 7 mile hike in San McDonald County Park.  We're keeping busy as usual.

But that's not what this post is about.  I'm still working on the photos from Summer.  For this set we stay in Florida.  My 5th trip with Suntrek was very much like the 4th.  On August 30th, I picked up a new group of intrepid travelers in Orlando and brought them along the same route in reverse, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Naples, Everglades, Keywest and then back to Miami on September 5th.

My second attempt at the Florida Sunshine trek went much better than the first.  First of all, I tend to learn from my mistakes.  In other words, if something didn't work on the first trip, I tried something different the second time around.  If worked great the first time, I made sure we did that again.  Secondly, the weather was much better.  More Florida Sunshine, Less Florida rain.  Finally, I think the trip works better in the "A" direction.  The timing is better and you finish up with Key West, which is really the highlight of the trip.

Florida Sunshine "A" like the reversed "B" version was a one week camping tour (except for the one night in Naples where I managed to finagle us some air-conditioned cabins).  There were eight passengers, this time hailing from UK (3), Italy (2), Germany (2) and Denmark (1).  Florida was hot, humid, and quite awful again that week, so again we hovered around the beaches and avoided our tents.  Here are some of the photos:

The gang getting ready to go snorkeling in the Keys.: Meike, Pernille, Elena, Mary, Mike, Lorena, Saro, and Paul.

Ybor City in Tampa, Sunrise in St. Petersburg, Antique Store in Key West, Searching for a Bridge on Surgarloaf Key.

Bowman's Beach, Sanibel Island, Florida

Airboating in Everglades National Park

And Finally Elena shows off her Snokeling Skills in Key West

There are more photos and captions in the slideshow. Just click on the link below.

Suntrek Trip #5 - Florida Sunshine "A"

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