We’d been playing the Margaritaville station on SiriusXM for days, if not weeks, before the trip and getting really excited about the resort we eventually chose located on Clearwater Beach. When we lived in Tampa Bay, we used to take day trips to neighboring Sand Key Park but hadn’t spent that much time on Clearwater Beach.
Unfortunately, we had to get up at 5 am and leave for the airport by 5:30 for the 8 am flight to Tampa. The usual airport exit was closed for road work so Rich found a work around for us. We left the car with valet and headed for the security check, where we discovered that we had pre-check and could bypass the usual line.
Once we arrived at the gate, Rich scoped out a place where we could get some breakfast because the only thing Southwest would be serving for the four-hour flight would be crackers and fake cheese or cookies and peanuts.
I had the eggs and bacon and potatoes breakfast and Rich had the breakfast burrito.
Our SW number was something like A35 so we were able to pick the seats we wanted. I couldn’t decide between port or starboard – lol – and eventually chose starboard – window for me, middle for Rich. Unfortunately, that was the sunny and hot side of the plane. The seats were hot and cramped.
So at the first chance we got, we ordered a Bloody Mary for each of us. That’s our trick for not having to get up and use the restroom from the window seat of a plane – all of that salt – lol!
We arrived at Tampa at 3:05 Tampa time and Rich was impressed with the airport. This was his first time but I’d driven there when we lived in Tampa and checked it out a bit.
We’d reserved a midsize sedan and chose the Silver Toyota, I think. I wanted the Chevy but didn’t want the Georgia plates – lol! There was a comedy of errors when we were checking out with the car – couldn’t figure out how to roll down the windows or unlock the doors. It was getting silly and we were eventually on our way.
We headed for Courtney Campbell Causeway straight down 60 and then did the circle thing and then the first right to East Shore drive and our resort.
We’d reserved room 7C because we thought the screened porch would be nice and we liked the beachy decor but after a night on a bad queen bed that dipped in the middle, we were able to change to 7A, which had a brand new king bed and it turned out to work very well for us.
Anyway, Susan the innkeeper, gave us a tour of the property of the laundry facilities, the beach chairs, towels, pool, and boat dock and we took a nap.
When we woke up we hopped in the car, drove around a bit to get our bearings and stopped in at Walgreen’s for coffee and a few other food items and supplies. We’d heard we were within walking distance but it all seemed confusing at night. Later, we would catch on to all the stuff you really could walk to, including the beach.
We baked a pizza in our oven and had a glass of Cupcake Cab and oatmeal raisin cookie and milk before bed.