- Kansas City
- and now Tampa
Tampa has been our furthest trip from home and we had a great time! We decided on Tampa because the airfare turned out to be the cheapest and Eric and Sara could use their frequent flyer miles. We also found a great condo almost right on the beach that was a wonderful deal! (You can see The Waves Condo No. 1 Here) Eric turned out to be a super sleuth and checked on car rentals every day and we ended up with a super rate on that too!
We flew out early Friday morning and checked into the condo and then went to the game. The Rays play in a dome just like the Twins, but the Trop seems to be a bit nicer than the good old Metrodome.
The Twins ended up losing the game on Friday night. Bummer!
On Saturday we took the whole day for sight-seeing and just hanging out and having fun. We drove around to different beaches, towns and parks. It turned out to be very warm and muggy, so we sought shade and ice cream most of the day. Only on vacation can you justify eating ice cream 3 times a day! (We enjoyed the Twisty Treat twice)
Towards the end of the day we ended up at the St. Petersburg Pier. It wasn't time to eat, so we paid .25 to ride the Looper around the town while they gave a narrative of the history of the area. The breeze from the trolley felt good!
After our ride around town we at at Captain Al's where we all ordered some sort of seafood. Jeremy and Eric got crab legs.
On Sunday afternoon we went to the Twins game again. They won! There was also a promotion going where if the visiting team struck out 10 times everyone with a ticket would receive a free Papa John's pizza. In the 9th inning the Twins did make it to 10 strike outs so we got pizza...7 small pizzas! (I found a ticket on the ground going out of the stadium) It made for a pretty cheap meal!
Monday morning I slept in while the others went to the beach. After showering and packing we headed to Centro Ybor to investigate. I appeared to us that most of the attractions were closed or out of business. We did have a fantastic Cuban meal at Carmine's. A couple of us had Cuban's and I ordered an awesome Spanish bean soup.
From there we headed straight to the airport and boarded our flight home. After a wonderful weekend, it was tough to get back to reality!