Day 4-5: Clearwater Beach, Florida
I really wanted to go to a beach since we were going all the way to Florida. The only time I went to a "real" beach (other than in the UK...where it was cold and gray, and Lake Powell with freshwater and orange sand) was when Tyler and I went to FL 11 years earlier. We went for an "anniversary" trip (we went in August 2003). We went to Venice beach and stayed at his grandparents condo right on the beach. I was so excited to go swimming but there was a red tide (something to do with the moon) which made the water weird and red. Not like I had imagined. So I wanted to try it again.
I love sleeping in hotel beds. They are so comfy I never want to wake up. When we did the skies were gray and it looked windy outside. I was so worried the weather wouldn't treat us to a nice day but just before lunch it warmed up and clouds departed for the sun to come through. Tyler scored us a "suite" upgrade in a Hyatt hotel. We reserved a 1-bedroom with our points but he was able to talk to the font desk and get us a 2-bedroom. It was sooo nice, as described in the previous post. It was probably at least 1500 sq ft. We've been impressed with their hotels as we've stayed in them this year.
The breakfast was excellent in the hotel restaurant. We missed out on the buffet as that was only on weekends. Afterwards we went out to the balcony. The kids were obsessed with this fake owl. We think it was there to keep mice or seagulls away. It turned it's head with the wind or bobbled so it looked realistic.
|Samuel, like his father at this age, likes to be on camera.|
|Hotel right on the beach.|
|View from our bedroom.|
|Vultuers, I mean seagulls. Trash birds. Ate right out of your hand...or purse...or towel.|
|Buried alive. Clearwater had such beautiful white sand.|
|Fruit & cheese platter, compliments of the room. Tyler went to the local grocery store and picked up frozen pizza for dinner. For lunch we walked a few blocks and picked up some mediocre Chinese food. We had enough for leftovers the next day.|