If you see a pair of purposeful backpackers at Anclote Key, Caladesi Island, Clearwater Beach or Honeymoon Island this week, you may want to hide behind your umbrella, lest you end up on camera.
Two Google Street View trekkers are in the Tampa Bay area as part of an 825-mile project to photograph Florida beaches. Both are toting backpacks with 15 camera lenses that snap photos every 2.5 seconds.
The journey will result in millions of pictures that can be stitched together to create a panoramic view and allow people to take beach walks via their computer screens.
"The backpack weighs 40 pounds, but it can feel like 400," joked trekker David DeLong, an ultrarunner who (three times! for fun!) has run 45 miles across the Grand Canyon.
The beach project is a partnership of Google and Visit Florida, the state's tourism agency.