Living in the northern part of the country made me used to a lot of things that we don’t have here in the Tampa Bay area.
For one, I remember being in a community of people who tapped their own trees for maple syrup.
My state is renowned from one end of the country to the next for its delicious maple syrup exports. We had a neighbor who owned an artisan maple syrup company and we received jars of syrup as Christmas presents on more than one occasion. I was always thrilled to receive this delicious syrup, regardless of the reason. Moving to Tampa took a lot of adjusting at first. The weather here is much warmer than my home up north, and that is good and bad depending on how you look at it. I love having a mild winter, but that comes at the cost of an insanely hot summer season that never seems to end. I also miss being able to use a fireplace in the winter season, as there aren’t a ton of homes in the Tampa Bay area that have fireplaces inside. If I can afford to, I want to buy some land in Parrish and build a custom house in the countryside. I would surely put a chimney and a wood stove inside. In this location, you’re still close to the bay while being nestled in a rural environment. One of my friends in college had a girlfriend who lived in Parrish. It was fun taking the drive down Interstate 75 from my apartment in Brandon that I was living in at the time.