Sunday, March 11, 2007

Beautiful March Tampa Weekend!

This is why we live in Tampa, temps in the upper 70's during day, 50's at night, dry and blue blue skies. Saturday Debi an I ventured off to the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete. Mayor Rick Baker was on hand playing guitar, there were roughly 50 booths along Central Ave and 2nd Street. Fresh Veges/Fruit, Plants, Arts, Food and more. As usual, there was plenty more goign on downtown St. Pete. The Cajun Crawfish Festival was in Vinoy Park, and there was some bands set up in Williams Park. It's nice to have both St. Pete close by, they have alot going on in there downtown. Afterwards, we headed to Jason's new Exotic Nursery over on 22nd Ave South, just West if I-275. He's done an awesome job cleaning the place up, and has numerous exotic plant species you dont see at Home Depot. Alot of Palms, Bamboo species, and very cool pots. He seems to be very happy, and is currently building another Koi Pond at the nursery. Saturday evening, we hung out at Debi's place over in Riviera Bay section of St. Pete. She lives on the water, with a dock over looking the canal and mangroves. We lit a fire in the firepit, and enjoyed some tunes, and I finally broke down and had a couple of beers. We picked up some sandwiches from City Subs over on 4th Street just south of Gandy(where the old Athenia restaurant used to be). AWESOME philly cheese steaks, and HUGE wrap sandwiches, I highly recommend this place!! And will be back!
Sunday was nice to sleep in late, of course do the Sunday routine of readin the paper out back in the yard. My bro and sis in law came down with the baby, and we all headed to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Pete. GREAT park with many trails along Lake Maggiore. Saw quite an abundance of wildlife(birds, gators, etc.). They were having the Wildlife Weekend so there were alot of exhibits. After walking many of the trails, we decided to picnic there, and toss the Frisbee around for a while. A cookout in the evening(Surf n Turf) in the backyard rounded out the evening perfectly. It's nice to have family close by.

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