Dalia's note: For the first time in three years, my parents are visiting me in the Sunshine State. When they left Ohio this morning, it was 40 degrees. A few hours later, their plane touched down in sunny, 90-degree Tampa.
Tonight after dinner, they asked me what I usually do in the evenings. I told them I wash dishes and update the blog. My mom offered to wash the dishes. And my dad offered to take over blog duties.
So without further ado, here's my dad, Fred Wheatt, sharing his initial impressions. My parents will be in Florida for 12 days, so this isn't the last you'll hear from them.
My wife and I found that spring had not come to the south coast of Lake Erie even by late April. Therefore, we boarded a plane for about a two-hour flight and found sunshine and great temperatures. We were in Tampa, Florida.
Our daughter, Dalia, was the initial reason for our visit, but we found much more. Green plants and many bloomed plants were everywhere.
We thought we'd seen it all until we visited the botanical gardens on the campus of the University of South Florida. What a hidden treasure we'd discovered! Gorgeous plants galore in bloom!
We even discovered those carnivorous "meat-eating" plants, like the ones we saw in the movie Little Shop of Horrors. Warm weather, lots of sun and green ready-to-view-and-smell plants. Love it!
If you find yourself on campus, catch a concert at the USF's music school's new "acoustics-to-fit-the-concert" concert hall. Also, visit the USF Contemporary Art Museum, where displays often change, from the work of professionals to students.