We were asked by President Healey, the 2nd counselor in the mission presidency and financial secretary, to check out a currently unused apartment in St. Petersburg. They are planning to put Elders in the apartment next week, so he wanted to know whether it needed additional furniture, utensils, etc. As it turned out, the apartment is north of St. Petersbug, and it took an hour to get there. We found the apartment, and Renee thought it was depressing. It had the standard furnishings, two single beds, two desks (folding tables) and folding chairs, and a dining table and two folding chairs. Other than the spartan furnishings, it was very dark. There were no overhead lights, only floor lamps. They are going to put some night stands and lamps in the apartment, so that might help.
Since we were in the vicinity of Clearwater, we decided to drive there. That is the other famous beach in this area. We can understand why people like the beach, powdery white sand, but the area is very crowded. It was a cool, windy day, and still all of the parking lots were full. If we decide to go to the beach, we will go to one in the Sarasota area. We then continued to drive from one island to the next along the beaches until reaching the southernmost, St. Pete Beach, before Tampa Bay. We will return to St. Pete Beach for a mission leadership council on Friday.
Another good thing about today was that we did not do any furniture shopping. However, Renee has discovered that her shoes are not comfortable for walking (which women's shoes are?), so we stopped at a couple of stores to look for some shoes. She found some that were not too expensive. Now whether they are comfortable, only time will tell.