Our ten days in Florida were great! We got to spend some sweet time with Scotty’s family, visit his grandparents, see old high school friends and soak up a bit of sunshine. We will be returning to Edinburgh a lesser shade of pale! Always worth celebrating. It was so relaxing I didn’t end up taking a ton of photos – sometimes the camera also needs a break. But here’s some of the pictures I did take.
After our visit with Annie and Poppa, we headed up to New Smyrna beach where Scotty’s parents had rented a condo. It was so great to have a few days at the beach!
Scotty and I have a bad habit of forgetting that California and Florida experience winter too – so while the weather wasn’t the blistering temps we were expecting, it was still very nice. Not quite warm enough to sit on the beach but there was a lovely pool where we spent hours trying to get some sun. On a few days this meant that I would sit on a lounge chair in a sweatshirt waiting for the sun to break through. On the last day it did and we sure soaked it up.
We celebrated an early Christmas with Scotty’s parents.
The days at the beach were so relaxing – the perfect way to unwind from two crazy weeks of travel. Rested and re-energized, we returned to Winter Park where we met up with a couple of Scotty’s childhood friends.
And then it was back to Edinburgh, via NYC!
For those of you who are wondering (we were frequently asked about this), although Scotty and I managed to fly through several of the major US airports (Newark, Atlanta, LAX, Houston, Dallas, Orlando) we were never subjected to the full-body scanners. It was kinda funny to be flying during all the hullabaloo and never even run into anything worth getting consternated about. Only once was I subjected to a full pat-down which leads me to one final thing: female passengers should avoid wearing skirts. At the little tiny San Luis Obispo airport I had to go through the whole pat-down thing simply because I was wearing a skirt. And when you’re in a skirt and someone is doing the pat-down, it’s very thorough. So let’s just say that it’s fairly embarrassing to be standing there while someone sticks their hand up your skirt and pats down your thighs…in front of everyone…So don’t wear skirts!