City Slicker

February 23, 2012

This past weekend we went for one of our little family getaways to the West Coast of Florida. We love going to Tampa for a couple of nights and do touristy things. Hubby used to live in Tampa for a few years and always liked it there. I like it because it was where I first stepped foot on Florida’s sandy soil and saw a palm tree swaying in the breeze for the first time. There are a couple of different ways to get there from the East Coast and we decided to be adventurous and take Highway 60 across the state.

This is what most of highway 60 looks like. You better be sure to have a full tank of gas and make the kids take a bathroom break before you head out that way!!!

We saw plenty of cattle grazing in the pastures. They are NOT horses, honey!!!

I grew up seeing plenty of tractors. But to my kids it’s still a delight to see one in action.

And then we saw these. Hubby looks at me and asks, “Why do they put them there?” So I proceed to tell him about the process of baling hay and how the farmers roll it up and so on. I also tell him that I remember them being squares in Germany.  And still, he asks, “Why do they put it there like that?” I didn’t understand what he meant and we went around a few times until, aha, I got it. He thought that the bales are brought in from somewhere… No, hon, the hay (or grass) gets cropped on the field and when the bale reaches a certain size it gets left where it falls for later pick up to be used as feed. City Slicker, that’s my hubby!!! 🙂

We passed this marsh. It was beautiful. Covered in lily pads like that.

Orange groves abounded in that area. Go anywhere in Central Florida and you will see one eventually.

Something I had never seen, an orange juice plant. See all those truck beds full of oranges? It was a pretty awesome sight.

All in all, it was a much more pleasant way to drive to Tampa than going the usual route with all the crazy drivers that seem to be out in force these days. Of course, that was until we heard our three-year old from the back seat, “Daddy, I have to go pee.”


A side-note: I took all these pictures from a moving car through a closed window during a not so stellar Florida afternoon. Sunshine State it was not!!!

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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 23, 2012 at 12:37 am

    His questions were making me laugh! And when you mentioned the I gotta go pee thing, I had flashbacks….ugh!

    • Susi February 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

      🙂 After the initial “Seriously?” I had to laugh, too. And when I saw the pics I knew there was a post in there somewhere. It’s still a process with our three-year-old. But she has been the easiest to potty train and she can hold it in for a LONG time.

      • Slicker February 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

        Laugh it up…. I didn’t stop in the middle of the intersection between 34th and Broad because I just realized “Oh my, the buildings are tall”. By the way; the big yellow things are taxis and they don’t care a whit where you grew up, they’ll hit you just the same! 🙂

        • Susi February 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

          Ha ha ha, somehow I knew you were going to bring that up. I was thinking about it when I wrote the post!!!! 🙂

  • RoryBore February 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    reminds me of our northern route drive to Thunder Bay each summer. There is a point at which – yes – pee and fill the tank because there be nothing but trees and moose for a long, long time.
    Incidentally, we also learned that trip how long our minivan actually will continue to drive with the gas light on 🙂

    • Susi February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Oh boy. I would hate for that to happen. I got stuck in traffic due to an accident once and I was terrified of getting stuck. I knew which gas station I was going to… unfortunately the traffic jam started before I made it there. Not fun… I’m sure you weren’t too happy either. Did you ever see any moose?

  • Janice February 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Nice drive it seems. That was funny how your hubs wondered about the bails of hay. City slicker indeed! So…..where’d the little go pee??? LOL.

    • Susi February 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      It was pretty funny. Little one was able to hold it until we got to a gas station… she has an iron bladder!!! 🙂

  • victorias_view February 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I loved traveling in Florida last winter it was fun to take a spin and explore the unknown. I was always gazing out the window looking for an alligator 🙂

    • Susi February 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      We just had one in our lake yesterday. It was a big one, too. I ran home and grabbed my camera. Got a couple of head shots!!!

  • Janice February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I love this post, but you know how I love farming! It is the small questions that need to be answered…. tell you hubby when you drive through the FL panhandle, you have a resource on cotton farming you can get to answer any questions he has!

    • Susi February 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Ok, I’ll let him know. I may actually be the one with the questions. Cotton is so interesting to me. Hope we will make it up there one day. I’ve been to Tallahassee a few times and have driven to New Orleans… I remember enjoying the drive through the panhandle and along the Gulf of Mexico!!! 🙂

  • Melissa February 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I love that you captured your road trip through pictures from the car window.

    We drove to Port Canaveral and Orlando recently, and we also had some pretty cloudy skies–and a 7 year old nephew who had to pee while asking “Are we there yet?” Good times!

    • Susi February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      He he he, yes, we get the “Are we there, yet?” a lot… or the “How long have we been driving/in the car?”… It can get nerve wrecking, but usually the kids are pretty good. We went to Cape Canaveral a couple years ago and it was pouring… that was a trip we had to post-pone. Hoping to make it up there soon!!!!

  • Rebecca February 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I was thinking the same thing “Where’s the Sunshine State?” Boy, Florida is so flat! I giggled over your husband’s questions. I didn’t know anyone could be such a slickerish city slicker! LOL Have you seen my New York State travel blog? It has tons of photos and stories about traveling Upstate NY. You might like it. Check out the “Travel Archives” page for links to all the places I’ve blogged about.

    Maybe you could start a Florida travel blog! I love learning about new places and would definitely enjoy reading your take on things.

    • Susi February 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Yes, I have been to your travel blog. Love it. Hubby’s great-grandpa used to own a camp ground in Upstate NY a long time ago. It’s certainly an interesting idea about the travel blog. I’ll have to give it some thought.