No kidding. We talked with Barry this morning in the Upper Peninsula and he said temperatures were in the 60’s. I didn’t think much about this until we drove off the south end of the island.
We were shopping at Coconut Point. It’s a giant outdoor mall. The kind of place that shoppers love. It’s got everything.
We looked at the thermometer in the car. 58 degrees.
Was this a bad joke? Could it be warmer back at home than in the tropics of southern Florida?
Seriously, we weren’t upset. We had a great day. Let’s backtrack. My mom and I decided to venture out into the rainy drizzle this morning. We brought our big maroon umbrella. Kiah and Dad chose to stay inside. They raised their eyebrows as we left. We said, “We might be back in two minutes if it’s raining too hard.”
We found ourselves in the middle of the island’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. The condo floats lined up in Santini Plaza, ready to go. We headed into the midst of the pre-parade excitement. Barry always takes photos before the local parades, so I knew the routine. Mom and I mingled among the golf carts and parade participants. I snapped photos.
We really liked the little bride and groom dogs, with their cart dragging cans and proclaiming “Just Married”. The male dog started howling. He didn’t seem happy about the marriage.
We upped the umbrella and walked toward the beach. Later, we put down the umbrella. Then put it up.
We decided we were having loads of fun, pushing the edges of our comfort zone, walking in the raining. We saw only two other people on the beach. The others didn’t know what they were missing.
Today was our Last Full Day in southern Florida. In fact, Kiah and I will fly to our respective homes (New York City and the Upper Peninsula) early early early tomorrow morning. We’re leaving the condo with my dad as chauffeur at 5 a.m. Kiah will reach NYC around 11 a.m., but I won’t be back in L’Anse until late afternoon.
What a lovely time we’ve experienced! Last night we attended the Dinner Theatre, watching “The King and I.” This afternoon we met my brother Tim and his wife Michele at Coconut Point and lunched at a restaurant called The Grape. Most of our party departed for shopping adventures. Dad and I settled ourselves in Barnes and Noble. We looked for books. I found four that looked interesting (having forgotten my list of books-to-read at the condo) and we settled down in the coffee shop for a Frappucino.
Kiah and I are now debating whether to scurry downstairs and swirl in the whirlpool–one last time.
Thank you all for joining us for our Florida adventures. (Although you may get one other Florida post tomorrow night.)