Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tampa's Downtown On Ice Experience
Holiday cheer has spread to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. An outdoor ice skating rink surrounded by the Glazer Children's Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art drew many Floridians including my family to this white wonder.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice will only be satisfying the "Peggy Fleming" and "Kristi Yamaguchi" inspired for a short time until January. Overlooking the Hillsborough River with the University of Tampa in the background, you can ice skate for just $10 for 90 minutes. That is 80 minutes longer than my chunk legs can tolerate.
It has been two years since my daughter attempted her first ice skating journey. It has been over 25 years since my "Disney On Ice: Chubby Boy with Ice Skates" performance. My subconscious guided my weak ankles on the ice and my death grip on the skate rink wall assured my confidence not to crash into innocent bystanders. I thought I could inspire my daughter to hit the ice again after two years with my thin test of courage. No luck. After $10 admission and ten minutes of lacing up her skates, she refused to get on the ice with me. Who could blame her?
Only the "gifted" can tread on this icy treat. The park's fountains and open space will entertain my ice skate deprived children for now.
I photographed this experience with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens.
You can view more pictures in my Tampa's Downtown On Ice 2010 Gallery.