St. Petersburg, FL – I-CAN July 2009


Each year, Gene and I trek to wherever the I-CAN meeting of amazing kids is being held.  This year it was in St. Petersburg, FL.  It was hot and muggy during the day, but the bay breezes in the evening made eating on the patio of the restaurants along the bay very enjoyable.  St. Pete as the locals call it is what I consider the right-size city.  The locals know each other, there are neat and interesting things to do and it is close enough to the big city if you need an airport or something you can’t get locally.  St. Pete is rich in the arts.  Among other things It is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, which we have previously visited and it is amazing.

Our days here consisted of resting, visiting with long time friends and making new friends.  We ventured out each day to find local places for some good and some wonderful meals.  Our hotel was on the edge of downtown and close to the bay so this gave us a lot of options.  On Saturday morning we ventured back into downtown to find breakfast.  When we parked we noticed an area that had been set up as a small art festival.  So after breakfast, with our coffee in hand, we explored what the various artists had to offer.  The Saturday event is actually larger than this artist area.  This has been a long time event in which the merchants of downtown St. Pete offer special discounts for those individuals that show up in their pajamas to shop.  There were a number of folks out in their pajamas.  Very fun.

On our way back to our hotel we discovered a grouping of red chairs.  We had left the hotel without the camera.  We went back to the hotel, Gene got the camera and went back to take pictures.  Once we returned home we investigated the significance of the chair further.  You will find an article about them here.  They are a result of a sculpture’s service on a jury.  Read the story of  Face the Jury”.

Our time in St. Pete was fun, but it was time to move on to Vail, CO and HIGH-TECC and the next stop on The Glamour of the Road.

smuggy_biggerEnjoy our pictures.