Our first day there, my husband went to a Spring Training game in Fort Myers (he just hadn't seen enough with the drive from Ft. Lauderdale and North Redington, I guess) and I spent the day at the beach. The hotel we stay at - the DoubleTree in N. Redington - has cabanas on the beach, so even though it was a bit windy and that wind was chilly, I rented one for the day and turned it around just right so it actually blocked the wind and I got some much needed Sun Therapy!
Toward the end of the day, I got my camera and went for a nice long walk. Let me introduce you to my friends I met along the way!
Can you tell I love shore birds? I love every one of those shots for different reasons. And I love that in a 1/4 mile or so walk, I saw at least 6 different types of them!
But, let's be honest... the real reason we go to Florida every year is for the Phillies. I took advantage of our awesome seats to play around with the different lenses and filters I have. Still learning how to use this darn thing, but I'll share the best of them!
We decided to go a little earlier this year so maybe it wouldn't be as crowded. Other than the weather being a little chilly, it was the right decision. The day we left FL, the Phillies crowd was the largest on record when they played the Rays at Bright House Field - below. There were 11,000 people in this place that day. We've been there before when they announced that the crowd was 8,500 strong. It sucked - I can't imagine another 2,500 people at the stadium.
With these seats, I got to get some pretty good photos - and TJ got some autographs, so that made him happy! You'll see most of the photos include Chase Utley. That would be because I was in charge of the camera!
Howard warming up
What a crew!
Chase and Jimmy warming up
Ryan Howard getting ready to knock one out of the park...
... and bringing Chase in!
It was 69 degrees in the ballpark that day according to the scoreboard, but I'll say - it felt like 85, easy. There was no wind at all, so that day I probably got the most sun of the whole trip, but only on my right side!
We even got to see Mary (who seems to prefer being called "Mare") who is always right along these seats, every year! She told me when she passes, she wants to be buried in the outfield, but only after Cole Hamels agrees to marry her. Love her.
The next day, we traveled to Fort Pierce, and even with the chill in the air, the water was absolutely gorgeous. South Florida Atlantic Ocean photo bomb time.
It was a WONDERFUL trip, and any vacation is a good vacation, to me. With any luck, someday, this will be me and my honey!