Saturday, August 07, 2004

Florida Day 4

I got Sharon and Jack up at about 8:00 a.m. After a quick bite to eat, they headed down to the pool for a quick swim. We packed up and loaded up the car and were out of the room by about 10:30 a.m.

Sharon had seen an outlet store on the way to the hotel on Wednesday night so we spent about an hour and a half finding the store and giving her a chance to wander through the store. Leaving the outlet mall, we headed west towards Tampa Bay.

We stopped in Lakeland and had lunch at Harry's Seafood, Bar, and Grille. The service was slow and the food only fair; the hurricane that I had to drink can only be best described as weak. Sharon and I both had the Fish Wraps.

After lunch we headed to the Florida Southern College. This small college has the world's largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Both the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel and the William H. Danforth Chapel were open and we were able to wander through them.

We continued west to St. Petersburg. Originally, we did not have a reservation for Saturday night and intended to find a place north of St. Petersburg. We had a reservation for Sunday night at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg. Sharon called early Saturday morning and got us a room there Saturday night as well. The hotel is very nice and is right on the waterfront in St. Petersburg.

Just before dinner, it started to rain like crazy. As a result, we ended up having dinner at the causal restaurant in the hotel. This was a mistake; the food could not be compared to the last two nights. After dinner, the rain had let up and we walked from the hotel almost to the end of the pier.

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