We were up before dawn this morning for our manatee swim. After much research I settled on Air Tank Divers in Homosassa, Florida. The manatee flock to the warmer spring fed Homosassa River in the winter months. After an informative briefing of government rules & regulations we were fitted for our wetsuits. They were a must for us humans in the 72 degree waters.
After a few “tall tales” from Captain Don & his wife and we were there. A decent size cove, no bigger than a football field full and of manatees. With only eleven in our group there were plenty of manatees to go around.
In the water we surrounded by these curious and awkwardly graceful creatures. They approached with caution but with a simple scratch they would roll over and let you give them a good belly rub. We watched mothers nursing calves, cows cleaning the anchor lines & boat hull and big bulls just looking for some lovin. A sweet manatee loving named Chester the Molester won our hearts. It is thought that he lost his mother at a young age because he always looking for someone to cuddle with. And it’s no joke he literally wants to spoon with you and suck your neck. Matt and I both got an up-close and personal experience. At one point Chester wrapped his flippers around my waist and nuzzled my chest.
The entire experience was spectacular. The fact that these were wild animals in the natural habitat made it priceless.
To top things off we spotted a pod of dolphin on the way back in.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We stopped off for a couple hours at Disney on our way to Ellenton. We didnt have the time for a park but we did take a loop on the monorail. We stopped off at Grand Floridian and saw the huge gingerbread house; the delicious smell fills the lobby.
Pony rides at Ft Wilderness. Then over to Wilderness Lodge for lunch at Whispering Canyon and a hidden mickey hunt.
Monday, December 27, 2010
We have enjoyed our stay in Mt Dora, Florida. We ate, shopped, and played tons of Uno & Skipbo. Last night we played laser tag and did the ropes course at Wonder Works before taking in the comedy and magic show.
Today the kids did the bungee bounce. Sydney was awesome, mastering the punch front double back tuck.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Happy Holidays!! We ventured to Mt. Dora this Christmas to share the holiday to Mom, Dad, Angie & David.
Santa delivered a Dip & Dot machine to Sydney and Mater Tall Tales DVD & Wii game for Andrew. I was very excited for them to open the Krazy Kar I found online. I had one growing up. Its sort of a cross between the Big Wheel & Sit and Spin. We played with that thing for years until the wheels were octagon shaped and full of gravel. They excitedly ripped open the "big present" and sulked with disappointment. It wasnt the trampoline they so desperately wanted. Andrew said "thats not what I wanted". My spirited were slightly dampened but no worries I will keep it all for myself.
We are headed to the park to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Happy Holidays Everyone!