The campsite was very level and we had room for all the slides. The palm tree canopy prevented us from getting satellite TV but we were forewarned. We were able to pick up a few Over the Air (OTA) channels.
The next day we met everyone at the Tampa International Airport. The terminal was very impressive. It was big and roomy and had all kinds of places to sit and relax and had plenty of charging stations for everyone's electronics. I haven't used airports in a while but it was noteworthy.
The boys were on their first plane trip and it was fun for them. They did pretty well. Brooks was a little upset when we left the terminal to pick up a rental car because he didn't want to leave "Florida." Mommy explained he thought the airport was Florida...
Things got a lot better when we stopped at Chic-Fil-A for lunch. The boys were out for the drive to St. Pete and their rental house on Pass A Grill Beach. It was perfect and everyone adjusted after a couple of nights.
We wasted little time hitting the beach. It was a little cool but it we walked down to it and played with the boys for a while.
Jon cooked on the grill and after dinner Pam and made the 15-minute drive back to the Roadrunner.
Our campground location could not have been any more convenient and turned out to be a great choice.
The next day we met up and all drove over to the Great Explorations Children's Museum in Tampa.
It had a kids Publix grocery store,
Another day we went to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It is a run by a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of some animals. We got to see some dolphins that were made famous in the Dolphin Tale movies.
While at their beach house one afternoon, I went for a walk along the beautiful Pass A Grill Beach to the famous Don CeSar Hotel. What an iconic relic of the past! I told Pam it reminded me of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki. Sure enough -- it was modeled after it.
In 1928 when it opened it was known as Florida's "Pink Palace." It struggled during the Depression Years. During World War II it served as a hospital for soldiers, sailors and airmen struggling from the effects of war (Sounds like PTSD, but back then it was politely called something else.)
Before we left the area, we were able to connect with good RV friends Marj and George. We had seen then in Virginia Beach in the summer, but we always jump at the chance to see them when we can.
We left for the Keys the next day and loved our time with everyone in St. Pete.
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles today!