Vacation Day 6

Dear readers,

Today was the last full day at our resort. What a great last day. Even though it rained off and on, we still had tons of time in the pool, lazy river and I went down the water slide three times! Thank you to everyone who prayed for courage. I was shaking like a leaf all three times, but I still went up those stairs and never stopped until the top and the last two times I just went, not even thinking about it. Everyone said it’s a tame slide, not too fast, but it was fast enough for me. Anyway, I kept my promise to my daughter and she was so thrilled that she went down again about four or five more times before we all took a turn on the lazy river.

 

After the lazy river we all went back to the condo for a late lunch of leftovers. After lunch it was time for my daughter to go to the photo scavenger hunt and Grandma and I went around the resort with her, crossing off items while she took pictures on her iPad. That was a real treat for her, and afterwards she got a prize that she decided to give to her cousin. The sweet kid is using all the prizes she has won at all the activities all week as souvenirs for her younger cousins. So sweet.

 

After the scavenger hunt I decided I’d had enough of waiting for the rain to stay away for a large amount of time and went out to the beach to return a few shells and try and find a few nicer ones. On the way I was lucky enough to see a gorgeous black and white cat from the local feral cat colony. I got about four feet away before it turned and casually strolled into the bushes. I then got about two feet away while it watched me from the bushes and then continued to stroll away. It didn’t look mangy or skinny – obviously well cared for by the resort staff.

 

After seeing the cat, I hiked along the boardwalk out to the sand and it immediately began to sprinkle. I was wearing my hat which kept my head dry but as it continued to rain I just made a decision to go anyway. As my mother used to say, I’m not made of sugar; I won’t melt. It poured but I just decided not to care and the rain wasn’t too cold and I had my bare feet in the surf so I knew I’d be wet. I’m glad I stuck it out though, because I made it to the jetty and found a few spiral shells, a whole coquina shell, some limpets and even a shark’s eye shell in a shell deposit among the boulders. On the way back to the boardwalk I spotted three Man O’ War jellyfish washed up on the beach, watched the tide pull one of the jellyfish into the sea and stood on the sand with the sun at my back watching Majesty of The Seas leave Port Canaveral with a guard boat alongside. There was a surfer a ways out that I got to watch surfing and wiping out and resurfacing. There were pelicans flying over the waves, sandpipers eating something as the waves went out and the same snowy egret I’ve seen twice now, bobbing around in the surf, fishing.

 

After the beach I came back, we played Fibbage 2 on our laptops and my daughter’s iPad and then had dinner. Now I’m blogging after giving my daughter a bath, getting her to bed and having a relaxing bath myself. I’ve packed everything I can for tonight and we’re all ready to go. Tomorrow we get up early to pack the car and check out of our resort by 10am. The best part is, we don’t have to leave right away. Since our second resort is only 45 minutes to an hour away and we don’t have to check in until 4, we’re going to hang out at the water park here for awhile, have a relaxing lunch and go to the aquarium beside Ron Jon’s Surf Shop before we make our way to Orlando. I am really enjoying this relaxed pace.

 

Here’s some pictures of a gecko I saw today.

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.

Amy McGuire

 

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About Author Amy McGuire

Author of The Heart's Discovery, a YA Romance novel set mostly in British Columbia with a brief foray into Quito, Ecuador. Also the mother of a bubbly second grade redhead who adores turquoise, and wife to a very patient man. She lives in Toronto, the inspiration for so many of her place names and characters.
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