I won't bore you with the details, just leave you with a few impressions. (I had plenty of time to organize my photos yesterday since the New England/Denver game was too one-sided to hold my interest.) Anyway, one salient impression you get is that a lot of tourists visit Florida (over 87 million in 2011, the most of any state according to the Florida tourist board). And that brings in a lot of traffic. Get a load of this intersection on Route 41 south of Ft. Myers. Count 'em -- 18 traffic lights!
And another thing -- I haven't seen so many American cars in a long time. I guess it makes sense, since a lot of visitors on the West coast of Florida hail from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and other Midwestern states. I didn't see anyone from California, Oregon or Washington. But I saw some from Utah, North Dakota and New Mexico.
But as we all know, Florida goes from the Atlantic ocean (where it was too cold for anyone to sit on the beach) . . .
around along the Gulf of Mexico, for a total coastline of some 1,800 miles.
And there's plenty in between. I spent some time in Orlando and went to Disney's Celebration . . .
where they were filming a promotional video.
They had a farmer's market there.
And they were filming a promotional video.
So as you probably know there are plenty of golf courses in Florida (some 1,250 at last count).
And boating is another favorite activity.
There's also the "real" Florida where they have horses . . .
and still grow oranges.
Oh, did I tell you about the promotional video they were filming?
Okay, enough already. I'm going home tomorrow.