When this year's trip planning began late last fall, we decided to go to Florida. We weren't sure when we would go. Finally, we selected the second week of February. Our thinking ran along these lines: February + Colorado = wintery weather of snow, cold, and grey skies. We planned to celebrate Valentine's Day in Florida, and the trip was also to serve as an early birthday celebration for my milestone birthday that happens next week.
The first part of February in Colorado was very warm. Most days the temperatures were mostly in the 60s or the high 50s. I was wearing a sweater whenever I went outside. So, I packed my summer clothes and off we went to Florida to bask in what we thought would be even warmer and sunnier days. As it turned out, it was warmer in Colorado while we were gone than it was in Florida while we were there. The cooler temps in Florida didn't impact us much.
It was pouring down rain when we arrived in Florida. Thankfully, I had packed our two small travel umbrellas. I had not packed the kind of clothes I needed. My summer tops I took with me were never unpacked. I wore the same cotton lightweight blue sweater almost every day over whatever else I was wearing. I was grateful I had thrown in my old black fleece jacket just before we left. I lived in it. I wished I had not taken my long pants and a long sleeved t-shirt out of the suitcase just before we left home. I also wondered why I brought summer dresses. Not only that, I never once put on a swimming suit in Florida, and I brought two. I always overpack, but this trip, I generally made poor choices when it came to taking the right kind of clothes. Thankfully, I did take tennis shoes and did not rely on wearing my walking sandals during the trip. I never even wore the sandals that I took. Do you ever pack all wrong for a trip? I need packing help!
As I write this, the snow is piling up in outside my window at home. It is very cold, so this seems like the perfect time to reminisce about out time in the Florida sun, even if it was not as warm as we had expected. It's hard to believe that a week ago, I was basking in the sun on a sunny beach.