Florida Coast to Coast 2014

I've lived in Florida my whole life, and I take a lot of things for granted, including our amazing beaches. A few years ago, I had the idea of driving Across Florida to watch the sun rise on the east coast and the sun set on the gulf coast. Florida is one of the new places where a coast to coast trip is just a few hours, instead of days. I thought about it, but then set the idea aside and kind of forgot about it for a while. But recently, I started thinking about it again, so I plotted out the course and recruited a few friends to come along. We got up at 5 a.m. and drove to New Smyrna Beach to watch the sunrise and eat breakfast.

We stopped by a farmers market on our way out of town. 

We stopped by a farmers market on our way out of town. 

Then we went to Mount Dora to explore and eat lunch:

And then it was on to St. Petersburg, where we caught the sunset on the beach, ate some dinner and found a sand-person on the beach. 

The sunrise was a bit overcast, but very pretty. The sunset was not overcast at all, and the lack of clouds actually made it not very spectacular. But it didn't really matter. We really enjoyed all our stops—and the drive itself, as it took us through backroads parts of Florida that we had never seen.

I would definitely do it again, but probably in summer when the days are longer so we wouldn't have to rush as much to catch the sunset.