These pictures and movies were taken with my Fujifilm Finepix S9000
digital camera and my iPad 2 on a trip to Tampa, Florida, for the 2012
NCAA Men's Frozen Four, the Men's Ice Hockey National Championships,
from April 5-7, 2012. Images are shown at a resolution of 640x480,
but many are available cropped from the originals or in half of
original size by clicking on the links after the captions.
This trip to the Frozen Four was planned well before the Union
Dutchmen, the team I have followed closely for 24 years, had their
best season and earned a trip to Tampa. All of us would drive down,
Darren (friend and fellow season ticket holder) and I would stay in
the Tampa area for the games while Cathy and Katie would continue to
Naples. Then Darren and I would drive down to spend Easter in Naples
and across to Fort Lauderdale to fly home. Meanwhile, Cathy and Katie
would stay the week and drive home the following weekend.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Our trip started around 9 PM, heading south from Albany. We were in
northern NJ or eastern PA when the clock struck midnight.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Into North Carolina by sunrise, and into Jacksonville for the night by
late afternoon. No pictures, as this ride is very familiar.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
We drove from Jacksonville to Tampa [6 Road
Pictures] and picked up a rental car so Cathy and Katie could
continue right on to Naples. Darren and I headed into Tampa for the
semifinals. Pictures are from the Frozen Fest
outside [17 Pictures] and from the first
(Union's) semifinal [22 Pictures].
Friday, April 6, 2012
For the off day, we had two things planned: a ride to Clearwater to
see Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail, and the opening day baseball
game between the Yankees and Rays in St. Pete. The Clearwater trip
was a nice ride [11 Pictures], but Easter
weekend is not a time to walk in an expect to go to the aquarium
there. The baseball game was good, other than the end
result [22 Pictures].
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Championship day offered a chance to look around the area a bit more
first, as the game wasn't until evening. We decided to take a ride
down the east side of the bay and back up. Pictures are from the ride
south [3 Pictures], from the Emerson
Point Preserve [22 Pictures], the ride
back [7 Pictures], and back in Tampa
before the game [3 Pictures]. No pictures
from inside, where Boston College beat Ferris State to win the
national championship, or the familiar ride down to Naples in the dark
after the game.