Memories from our short visit to Florida in May of 2004
Disney turned Florida into a favored destination for people from all over
the world, Florida was known for miles and miles of beautiful beaches.
Seeing the sun rise over Vero Beach is one of the few things that Michael
considers worth getting up early to do! Interestingly, we were not alone
on the beach. Others were fishing, and there was even a group playing
volleyball. As the sun rose, Andrew played in the sand and eventually
found some shells to return to the sea (like all boys, it is hard for him
to resist throwing things into water!).
lighthouse is a few minutes from Daytona Beach. Structures like this one
dot the Atlantic coast, and before radios and satellites the bright
lights on top guided ships to safe harbors.
Up the coast
from Vero Beach is the famous Daytona Beach. It is one of the few beaches
in the US that allows cars to drive on the sand, and we couldn't resist
the temptation. Below, others enjoy a dip in the ocean and a bit of
While Vivian and
Michael finished some important things in South Carolina (like minor
surgery for Vivian!), Michael's parents took Andrew to Disney World in
In addition to
enjoying rides and attractions at Disney's various theme parks, Andrew
also had some pictures taken with some of his favorite Disney movie stars.
(See another photo on Andrew's page.)
parents met in high school in Miami, Florida, and Michael has fond
memories of visiting his grandparents in Florida as a child. The state
population (2002 estimate) is 16.7 million, making it the fourth biggest
state. Nonetheless, only one city has more than 700,000 people
(Jacksonville) and none of the other cities is bigger than 500,000.
Most of these photos were taken during
our 2004 trip. You can also see other photos from that trip by
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