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!!!