Let the adventures begin!
This morning I woke up to my mother, shaking me awake at 4AM in the morning. I had been too excited the night before to sleep well which is a new experience for me. I kissed my sleeping sister goodbye and hopped on a plane for Tampa. After landing in Tampa, Grandma and Bruce took me to lunch at the SeaFood Dive which was fantastic! It has been 8 months since I’ve had real fish and chips (England has some pretty great chippys!) and I couldn’t have been happier. siiiiggghhh and that’s not to mention the glorious hush puppies.
After lunch, we decided to visit the manatees on their own pier just outside of Tampa Electric. In order to preserve the bay for these incredible sea creatures, Tampa Electric has built a pier along the bay where tourists can watch and appreciate the manatees from a safe distance. Though we only saw one manatee, we certainly enjoyed the birds and foliage along the bay.
Okay I lied, the strawberry shortcake from the strawberry stand was my favorite. I may have to return to the strawberry stand before my return to Minnesota.
The day was complete with a walk in the woods to search for some alligators. Though my search was unsuccessful, I did get to see the beautiful swamps nestled in the Sunshine Sate. It was a lovely first day, but I would be lying to say I’m not excited for the Cuban city we’re visiting tomorrow!