The day after the marathon we visited a botanical garden in Orlando (yes, even David and Gary). It was not the most interesting as there was not much in bloom. The garden was known for its camellias - over 200 and many different varieties. I have a Camellia at home and it flowers in December despite the cold and frost. It is nice to see some colour in the garden at that time of the year.
On Wednesday, we went to Gatorland. I do not think Gary and David were too keen but I wanted to go. It turned out to be the best visit of the trip. I have never seen so many gators and the birds were wonderful.
This young man was very entertaining. He wrestled the alligator onto its back where it fell asleep due to "sensory overload". So now we know what to do if an alligator grabs us, roll him onto his back and run like ----!!!
I was fascinated to see a Great White Egret and a Great White Heron riding on the back of the alligators. Perhaps this is what is known as "fast food".
We also rode a zip line (yes, even Gary and myself). I was not nervous at all for some reason and thoroughly enjoyed the "rides".
The highest we dropped from was 85 feet and the longest we rode for was approx 400 feet. It was over so quickly, we never had time to be scared. We flew over tree tops and an alligator pit on five different zip lines - wheeee!!! Prior to the last zip line we had to cross a suspension bridge made of wooden slats and rope. I was not too happy on that as I was afraid Gary would catch up with me and the bridge would swing even more. I hurried to get over it before he stepped foot on it.
I am going to risk that you can tolerate a longer blog because I am going to tell you about our last day in Florida. We went to Universal Studios. I had heard so much about Harry Potter Land from my friends Linda and Pat that I wanted to see it for myself. Gary and David did not mind going so off we went on a cold day for Florida - 56 degrees and windy. Well, Harry Potter was disappointing. There were hundreds of people there and they got in the way of my photos. We rode the inside Harry Potter ride and after 2 secs of the ride starting I had to shut my eyes and pray for the ride to end. The ride was one of the longest I had been on (or it just seemed like it as it spun, dipped and plunged). I gripped the bar in a death like grip and hated every minute of it. When I got off my knees were shaking, my hands hurting from gripping the bar so hard and I vowed not to ride that ride again. Even David said it was a rough ride.
I did go on this ride with David - Gary opted out. It was not as bad as it looked.
I think that is more than enough for today. I hope you have enjoyed our visit with David in Florida. I know we did and we miss him already. We love you, David!!
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