My husband and I love to travel and explore places we have not been before. Whenever we have a chance, we pack our tent and sleeping bags and we hit the road. Since the vacation days are usually two or three, we drive to destinations in our home state Florida. Florida is or could be somewhat boring at times, but not until one gets on the road and starts driving from the East to the West Coast, reaching the most Southern point of the continent down by the Keys or drive back North all the way to Georgia. The open spaces along the road are vast and there is nothing like the Florida blue sky with its fluffy, white clouds...This particular view makes me smile and wanting to sing, embracing the feeling of freedom every time we are on the road. Yes, Florida has so much more to offer than Miami Beach and Disney. Its natural habitats with all the birds and animals are worth visiting and appreciating.
Following are pictures from our most recent trip to Sarasota, St. Petersberg and Fort De Soto. Initially, we made the trip to visit the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota where Herb Ritts' show LA Style was on view. Incredible feast for the eyes and soul! That is all I could say about it.
A little snippet from the inner courtyard of the Searing Wing.
After we left the galleries, we took a stroll through the gardens of the Ringling Estate.
What a beautiful oasis of art and peaceful natural surrounding this place is!
While in the rose garden of Mrs. Mable Ringling, I tried to envision her early in the morning visiting her beloved roses, spending some time around picking some fresh flowers and then going to her study to read or walk through the art museum they built together with her husband.
We left this place of refined style and culture and headed towards something rougher and wilder but equally exciting and beautiful.
On our way to Fort De Soto Park.
Fort De Soto Park, where we spent the next two nights, proved to be one of our favorite places to go camping in the future. Strategically located close to Sarasota and St. Petersburg, it offers the best of both worlds: quick way to get to either city and if one prefers to spend some time enjoying nature, it has gorgeous beaches brimming with wild life- literally.
How much more easier could it be to switch a camping place than this?
The two nights we spent by enjoying the silence and tranquility of everything around us.
Some of us could be quite restless at times:)
We watched dolphins crossing the sun path by sunset.
Walked along raccoon's foot prints following them to where a whole family was feasting on oysters by low tide.
The next day we went kayaking.
In the afternoon, while the heat was too much to take, we went to Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Another little gem of art and architecture.
We made a wish and tied our wristbands to the wishing tree in the garden outside.
The last day of our trip we woke up early and once again soaked up the quietness and harmony of the surrounding environment.
And before we left Fort De Soto, we went to the beach and pier. Did I mention that this place has one of the most scenic beaches and it is brimming with life?
I did not want to leave but we had to go. I was almost carried away from there while watching at my camera on the nearest pole taking a picture of us on a self-timer :)
On our way back, driving along blue skies and open spaces that make my heart sing.
Thank you for traveling with us. Do you think you may enjoy Florida our style?