Go to Florida they said… It will be fun they said…

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Go to Florida they said… It will be fun they said…

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

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My spring break was awesome. I went to Florida for the first time and experienced a lot of new and fun things. My trip started with the expected extremely long ride. I was sure I would have to take over driving at some point, but for some reason I was never asked to drive. The entire time I could look out the window and see how the world around me was slightly changing. From the trees to the color of the gravel that was used everywhere. Even the grass looked different. Well at that point we didn’t exactly have green grass. After all, it didn’t take long for it to snow after we left. That’s just Indiana weather for you. Every day I  ate at a new fast food place. It only took a few days to get tired of it, but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Florida was only a four-hour drive away.

Upon arriving, I met family I never knew I had. Surprisingly, they seemed a lot different that I would have imagined From the descriptions I was given I had assumed that they were old people. Obviously they weren’t. My great aunt and uncle, Pam and Bill were nice enough to let us stay in their condo in Siesta Key.

Upon arriving, we took roughly 10 minutes to get settled. Immediately after we were asked if we wanted to see the beach. There was only one answer to that question and that was yes. The beach was about a 15 minute walk from their condo. Looking out onto the beach, I could see that the sand was a bit different than most beaches. The sand here was completely white. Because of this it is highly recommended that we wear sunglasses because the light reflecting from the beach could be harmful to our eyes. Sadly out of the entire week I was there, I only swam in the ocean once. My cousin that came along wouldn’t get back in the water after complaining about how salty it was. My favorite parts about the beach were the food they served and the ridiculous and giant blow up things that people brought. I’ll never forgot that 8 foot tall giant flamingo.

The beach was fun, but we did many other things besides visit the beach. Actually the condo we were staying in had its own pool and hot tub. Sadly we didn’t use the hot tub until the last two days of our vacation. I regret not trying it sooner. There was also the food. My grandpa loves shrimp like nothing else, but I’m sure he was tired of it after spending a week in Florida. The shrimp and fish there were enormous. I enjoyed eating both of them, but my favorite thing to eat there were the oranges. The oranges there tasted nothing like what we have back here in Indiana.

Although the food and stuff was good, there were other things to do. I was given the opportunity to go fishing on the ocean and I thought “why not?” It was around 7 in the morning and it was cold. Regrettably I wore shorts and a t-shirt. My cousin that came with me wore the same. It was freezing while the boat was moving. My uncle Bill was driving the boat and he was pretty much the only one that followed the rules on the signs. I’m pretty sure it was going about 35 mph when we were looking for a spot. Sitting still wasn’t that bad, but what was really bad was what came next. I came to Florida to escape the bipolar weather of Indiana and ironically it started raining. The wind was blowing and a storm was picking up. To our luck the boat we rented didn’t have much of a top. The moment the storm started picking up, we decided to head back. That’s the story of how I caught a cold in Florida.

In the end I had a great time aside from the cold. Every night I played board games with my aunt and uncle. Everything was fun, but my favorite part about the trip was getting to spend time with my aunt and uncle. I hope I get to do it again sometime.

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