Finding Inspiration on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Oh Florida! You’re weird. Like most of America, you’ve sacrificed your lush land in exchange for big box stores, strip malls and car culture. I will never complain about sitting on a pretty beach, despite an entire coastline destroyed by condos, but the burgeoning Northern Californian in me can’t ignore it either.

On a recent trip to visit my parents, I was excited to have the opportunity and time to visit Anna Maria Island, which lies just south of Tampa, Florida. I’d heard about it via a friend of a friend who I chatted with at a wedding I attended two years ago. It’s been on my list ever since. Upon my arrival, it quickly became clear this wasn’t going to be the retreat into nature that I had hoped for. But a warm beach is a warm beach, so I worked hard to put aside my annoyance at the familiarity of America and tried to find some charm in it. This is what I came up with.

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