It was sad to leave Cedar Key but one thing we learned very quickly is that everything in the winter months in Florida books up months/years in advance. Even if we had wanted to stay longer in Cedar Key, it would have depended on some cancellations. Many places are completely booked for the winter season. January through March are the busy months in Florida for RVers and this year is no exception. We had planned to visit several areas this winter to experience various places. We have moved on to an Escapees park in Bushnell, FL. The Escapees are a wonderful organization for full-timers that I would recommend you checking out.
While we were in Cedar Key, we were able to visit the Tampa/St. Pete area where our daughter has recently moved. The hustle and bustle was quite a shock after the laid back atmosphere of Cedar Key and Alaska for that matter. We squeezed the Silver Fox into the narrow city streets the best we could.
The University of Tampa has some unique buildings near the Riverwalk area that we enjoyed seeing. We also had an outstanding lunch at the Oxford Exchange nearby. While we were walking back to the car, I took some shots of the buildings. The private University of Tampa contains the old expansive Tampa Hotel as part of its campus. These buildings built by a railroad magnate were once one of the most exclusive of winter resorts.
One of the “can’t miss” spots we had to go was to St. Petersburg to visit the Morean Arts Center which boasts a Chihuly collection. There is a Hot shop with demonstrations as part of the complex and it was well worth the visit. We have been to several of these type of demonstrations and this was the best we have experienced so far.
The Chihuly Collection has most of Chihuly’s styles on display. The representative collection provides an overview of his work and experiencing it never gets old. We were fortunate last year to visit the museum in Seattle which was fantastic. Our blog post is here.
We also did a lot of work around our daughter’s new house and made several trips to Home Depot, but not before we all had a wonderful Thanksgiving together. This long weekend that we spent together as a family was a great reminder of our many blessings.
Our focus now is on preparing for Christmas and doing a few things around the camper to decorate for the season.