A Visit To Florida
Florida is called the “Sunshine State” for a good reason. Last week, I flew to Orlando for a conference. It was still cool and rainy in north Texas, but the weather in Florida was warm and sunny. Although it was early April many people were already hanging out by the swimming pools. The afternoons were a warm 29 degrees and the mornings and evenings were cool and comfortable. It is a good feeling, after the cold of winter, to feel the warmth of the sun embracing your skin. The warm breeze would wash over you and make your heart feel light and happy. The weather was perfect for golfers. The resort where I stayed had a beautiful golf course and as the sun peeked over the horizon golfers could be seen from my window chasing their golf balls like ants in search of food.
The hotel grounds were very beautiful with many colorful flowers. Small green, tree lizards were plentiful among the bushes and the trees. It was definitely spring time for the wildlife seemed occupied in looking for mates. The small male tree lizards would pause on the side of trees to enlarge their bright red colorful throats in hopes of attracting a female of their species. I thank God that he did not create humans to attract one another in this way. (Men act silly enough in the spring, but it would be absolutely “nuts” to see men walking around puffing out their throats trying to attract females. And think how dangerous this would be if they were driving a car down the street!)
The food at the resort was wonderful. There were several options to choose from. On the main level was a steak house, a Mexican restaurant, a sushi restaurant, and a coffee shop. On the lower level was a large restaurant with a buffet and a small café and grill. I tried several different places to eat, but the buffet was my favorite due to its variety of choices. The buffet had a large salad bar and a large fruit section with many choices of melon. My favorite melon is watermelon. The meals had a variety of meats and vegetables to choose from so it was easy to find something to eat. The last night I was there we took a break from hotel food and ordered a pizza from a local shop across the road. It was a nice change in dining and much cheaper than buying food in the resort.
Overall, it was a nice five days in Orlando. The resort was wonderful and relaxing. The conference was challenging and informative. The sun was warm and inviting and the food was delicious. It is definitely a place I would enjoy visiting again and hope to do so at the next conference in 2015.
1. What is your favorite season of the year?
2. How does the sunshine make you feel after many days of cold or rain?
3. What is your favorite fruit or melon?
4. Have you ever traveled to a conference away from home?
5. What was your favorite part?
6. What was your least favorite part?