Revisiting the Florida experience

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

Remember the first time you traveled to see a set of grandparents that lived out of the area? I will never forget the first time I ever flew down to Florida.

I bring this up because I got the news this past weekend that I will be going to Florida in mid-August. This is a month after my brother went to Florida for the very first time. While this is not my first time, I am very excited to go to Florida and I am looking forward to doing so.
The first time I ever went to Florida, I traveled by car with my father. The trip is nearly 10 hours from Durham to an area just outside Orlando. My grandmother works five days a week and my grandfather works construction jobs sparingly. They live in a community with people around their age and most of them are retired. It’s a very quiet neighborhood with small houses. It is a very nice place to live when you retire.
As you might imagine, there is a lot to do while you are in Florida. Living near Orlando, you are near Sea World, Disney World, Blizzard Beach, and many more. In my various trips, I have been to almost every major attraction you could imagine. My favorite by far was Disney World. It definitely lived up to every expectation that I had set.
My visit also usually has a trip to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to attend a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. I have seen numerous games in my lifetime, including the very first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history in 2009 when Matt Garza threw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. Going to a live baseball game is one of the most fun experiences I have ever had.
We also go and play a round of miniature golf at a place not too far from the house. It is a nice course with one of the most interesting holes I have ever played. After the round we go for some ice cream before retiring for the night.
Going to Florida is absolutely the best part of my summer. It has provided me with great memories, and at the same time I get to spend time with the grandparents I get to see only a couple of times a year. I am very much looking forward to seeing them.
It seems like I have been talking about this a lot lately, but the Bull City 9-10 All-Stars have ended their season following a 7-0 loss to Winston-Salem Little League. They played great throughout the all-star season and should be applauded for the effort they put forward. The 7-8 year olds made it to the championship game of the state tournament before falling short to finish second in the state. The 11- to 12-year-olds were playing in an elimination game on Sunday night after losing Saturday to Myers Park. Great job to all teams that made it to states.
Ben Huffman is a rising sophomore at Riverside High School. To reach him, email