Why Florida?

So why am I in Florida instead of being home by now? Dear is working his company’s booth at the AUA conference which means I would have been home alone if I traveled there so we made the plans for me to meet up with him in Orlando, a sort of side trip to Seattle from Jacksonville, North Carolina. I didn’t want to be away from Dear for a full 25 days! The hotel room and his food are all paid for by his company. All we pay for is my food and expenses so I get to see another part of the U.S.A. for a bargain.

P1050257AUA American Urological Association

P1050260This is the hotel that Dear’s company booked for their conference attendees.


P1050250-001You could rent a cabana for $125 a day. I opted for a massage instead.



P1050266orlando1These are the views from our room. I zoomed in to get the city scape. I was hoping to see an alligator in that marshy area but I never did.

 Florida1Walking along International Blvd. proved true to it’s name. We heard so many languages as we walked along. I personally spoke to a Russian couple from Moscow who thought my Russian accent was very genuine. I also talked to a gal from Romania and a few gals from Britain and another young lady from Los Angeles, which is an international city all it’s own…

orlando2We didn’t stray much from the hotel to eat because of Dear’s busy schedule but we enjoyed a meal at the Pub and their kilted staff. Is kilted a word? You know what I mean the staff wore kilts…the guys and the gals.

orlandoWe didn’t drink these all in one sitting. They were an interesting photo op.

10407572_10203869646889863_8486215410183000260_nOn Monday I scheduled myself a massage at the Hotel Spa. I went early enough for my appointment to enjoy their steam room, whirlpools and lounging areas. I was the only person enjoying this private spa area at the hotel on this morning. This was my only lounging outside experience in Florida. Sunny, hot, humid climes are not on my “go to” list. I am crossing Florida off my U.S. States to visit list.

P1050283This is a photo of the sunrise on the East Coast. I am very happy to say that by the time the sun sets on the West Coast on Tuesday I should be home.

Psalm 113:3 (ESV)

From the rising of the sun to its setting,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised!


About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “Why Florida?

  1. You have really put some miles on this month! I can well imagine that Florida might be getting pretty steamy, but I’d still love to visit!

  2. You were HOPING to see an alligator?!!!?!? Oh, Ellen…I think all this travel has taken its toll on you, dear! 🙂 NOBODY WANTS to see an alligator!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    The hotel looks like a wonderful place to just chill out. I recently went with Ramon on a conference where all of his stuff was paid for so my being along wasn’t too pricey at all. It’s a great way to travel! I didn’t stray far from the hotel, either, mostly because we didn’t have a rental car. No point in getting one when he was in sessions all day. Still, fun to just be away from home and to be able to snuggle up to him at night.

    And SURE, you didn’t have all those drinks in one setting. SURE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have fun!

  3. How wonderful your bed will feel, you have had quite a month! I’m not much for humidity and we can get REALLY NASTY here in the summer sometimes, so the south is not so appealing to me. We did the whole Florida thing twice and I too have marked it off my list. But nice you could join him in Florida! Two out of the three drinks looked appealing, the upper right…???? not so much, even though I don’t know what it was. lol. Safe travels….home sweet home

  4. I love Florida, myself. I grew up about 60 miles from where you stayed. I bet it was enjoyable to have a massage and enjoy the whole experience by yourself! I probably would have fallen asleep …

  5. Well what a neat trip you had. I’ve never been to Florida. I don’t blame you about not wanting to be away from your dear for 25 days. I hate it when my hubby is even gone for 2-3 days. What a hotel you stayed at. It looks awesome. Enjoyed seeing all your photos.

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