I managed to squeeze in one more work trip, right after Thanksgiving and two weeks before my solo parent trip to Texas with four kids. It was nice to get a break from the cold although Florida felt too warm for me as I'd already acclimated to 40's. I didn't take many photos while there, didn't go to the beach at all but I did manage to catch a Pokemon that can't be found in Maryland while on a coffee break so that was cool.
My hotel was very cute, it felt like an apartment building because it had a kitchenette and faced a lake that I kept thinking I'd walk around but never did. I guess it was a busy work week but I did manage to squeeze in dinner with a friend and breakfast with another friend.
Even if I don't get to the beach, it's still nice having Florida as a work base for a few visits per year. Maybe I'll get to the beach on the next visit. Having shorter day time hours definitely affects my ability to visit the beach. I don't want to go at night by myself and it's dark when I get off work so I have to really motivate myself to get up at 6am and head there for an hour before heading back to work and it can take 30-45 minutes to get there and back in the morning. I've noticed that when I visit in the summer or fall, I usually go to the beach at least 2-3 times in the evenings. Light has everything to do with it.