Florida Vacation Day 8

Dear Readers,

Today I got to sleep in a little, then my daughter came to my room and asked if she could watch TV. So, I got out of bed and crawled onto the pull out couch where I half dozed while she watched Finding Nemo and snippets of Teen Titans because they have Disney Channel in Florida, included in the price of staying our lovely resort. And it is a really nice resort. There are six heated pools throughout a really large acreage. There is a huge recreation pavilion with board games, puzzles, a couple nice lounges and a room where kids can play video games on large tv’s, but of course, we won’t be using that particular amenity.

After snuggling and snoozing, we all got up and my daughter went with her dad down to the recreation pavilion where they were supposed to participate in a game called the Amazing Chase where they run all over the grounds finding clues and eventually get a prize.  Except, no one else showed up, so they won the prize just for participating. A coupon for a free large pizza in the local restaurant. If course, I didn’t know this until after I went shopping with my in-laws and came back with an extra large pizza from Aldi’s. On the way back, we stopped at a fruit stand and got a small pint of fresh Florida strawberries to take back to the resort. Those were met with happy faces all around in our group. We also saw grove after grove of orange trees heavy with fruit. What would it be like to have an orange tree? Amazing I bet.

After a late lunch, I joined my daughter at the clubhouse pool where we played Family Trivia and much to my amazement, our little group won. And what did we win? A little bag of candy which included tootsies rolls, rockets and sugar sticks, as well as a squishy rubber toy and get this…another coupon for a large pizza! So…we’re going to be eating a LOT of pizza this week.

Well, it’s getting late and I am going to bed so I won’t be exhausted before we even get started. Hoping to write about tomorrow in the evening. My daughter is asleep on my bed and soon my husband will transport her to the couch so hopefully we all get a good night’s sleep. More tomorrow!

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.

Amy McGuire

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Florida Vacation Day 7

Dear Readers,

Today was a travel day but since the resort we were staying at this past week allowed their patrons to stay until afternoon after we checked out, we were able to enjoy the water slide, lazy river, pool and hot tub for a little longer. I actually went down the slide a fourth time and this time my father in-law took a picture, so I have proof that I did it.

See? Proof!

We enjoyed a picnic lunch after a wonderful time in the water, then decided to take a hike along the jetty. Glad we did, because we got to see some pelicans up close, watched a bunch of people fishing and on the way there we all got to see the feral cat colony (two of the cats anyway) as well as a whole bunch of vultures.

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It was a good day of travel, relaxation and sightseeing. We saw an aquarium at the Cocoa Beach Gift Shop, had some frozen yogurt a little ways down from there at a place called I Dream of Yogurt, and eventually ended up at Summer Bay in Orlando.

My daughter discovered that there was a movie playing at 7pm by the pool, so she and Grandma went and checked it out while I unpacked and dealt with a key that wasn’t working for the first half hour. After that I joined them and we watched The Jungle Book (the 2016 version) before bringing my daughter back and tucking her into her Grandma’s bed while I finished unpacking. For the first time in ages she fell asleep in moments. I expect she will be pretty tired each night this week with all our Disney trips, so hopefully she will be getting some good rest while we are here. Looking forward to a fairly restful day at our resort tomorrow as well as getting some planning done for our trips to Disney. For now though, I’m going to bed and hopefully sleep in for the last time until possibly Friday morning.

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.

Amy McGuire

Disclaimer: All the quality shots in this post were by my father in-law.

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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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Vacation Day 5

Hello readers,

Today was a day with very little pictures, none of which will be posted today since they include other family members. Anyway, today was quite a restful day. We started off by swimming in the pool, going down the lazy river and my daughter and I played in the water park. No beach trip today, as it rained a couple times but we did play a round of mini golf (which I won. Beat my husband at mini golf for the first time in our fifteen year relationship…so I was pretty proud of myself) and during the second rain we stayed inside and play QuipLash. Then it was time to go out again and try the water slide. I admit with shame, that I just couldn’t get up the two and a half story twisting staircase to go down the water slide. It’s a slow one so I’m told but the height is where I balked. I’ve been told I have to go down tomorrow and my heart is in my throat. I am really, really scared. If you’re a praying person, please pray for courage. It seems small, but I really need to conquer this fear or I can’t help my daughter get over her fears.So, pray for me and wish me luck. Tomorrow I am getting up to the top of that slide and hopefully not passing out halfway down.

Sorry today’s blog isn’t very exciting. It was a fairly relaxing day though. Hard to believe our week of vacation in Cocoa Beach is almost over.

Well, until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.

Amy McGuire

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Vacation Day 4

Dear readers,

Vacation is flying by. From our balcony I can see that the moon is almost full. The sky has a few clouds so hopefully tomorrow will be relatively sunny. This morning my daughter and I went shell seeking on the beach and found some really nice ones. On a hunch we looked between the boulders on the jetty where the tide had gone out and found the biggest non broken shell I have ever seen in Florida, plus a few others. We saw a few seagulls, a pelican and got really close to the same snowy egret I saw yesterday. My daughter tried her hand at photography (and I will post those pictures of course) and after being at the beach for quite a while, dipping our toes in the surf, Grandma and Grandpa walked along the beach toward us and shortly afterward we headed back to the resort so that my daughter could participate in some games. After that we all swam for quite awhile and then enjoyed the lazy river and hot tub. Then there was the kids’ treasure hunt and finally, mini golf. Shortly we will be having dinner and then most of the family will go grocery shopping while I put my daughter in the bath and get her ready for bed. Again, so hard to believe another day has flown by. Very grateful we have two weeks of vacation.

 

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up!

Amy McGuire

 

 

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Vacation Day 3

Hello readers,

Today was a quieter day, where I spent a few hours alone on the beach. The weather was mostly cloudy but not too cold or too windy. On the way to the beach on the five minute hike, I saw a Flicker, a few turkey vultures, what could be either a Blue Jay or Scrub Jay but I wasn’t able to get close enough to tell, some white ibises, and I also came across some wonderful flora native to Florida. Allow me to show you some photos below.

The beach was wonderful, with perfect waves, sand as soft and white as snow, a huge flock of pelicans, seagulls taking a bath in the waves and a snowy egret with attitude…well, let me show you some more.

The pelicans have their own home on the jetty here, but I also got close to one and got some amazing shots before heading back so my father in-law and I could pick up my husband from the airport.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good day of bird watching, picking shells up off the beach and getting my feet wet in the ocean before it began to rain. Looking forward to another good day tomorrow.

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Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.

Amy McGuire

 

 

 

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Vacation Day 2

Hello again readers,

Today we drove about twenty minutes to the Merritt Island Wild Life Refuge where we saw several amazing birds: egrets, herons, Roseatte Spoonbills, white and black ibis, pelicans and some huge turkey vultures.

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The weather was perfect and we saw many beautiful palm trees, an orange tree and a tree with red berries on it.

The grasslands and marsh were pretty spectacular too.

Above you can see the drawbridge we got to watch while we were at the Manatee viewing site. Unfortunately, it was too cold for Manatees, but we got to watch the drawbridge going up and down, which was a nice difference from what bridges back in Canada do.

After a lovely day at the Wild Life Refuge, we had a dip on the resort pool followed by a nice relaxing soak in the hot tub. After a lovely dinner of talapia, zucchini and roast potatoes with butter, we enjoyed some homemade brownies and are now watching a Christmas movie from the resort. It’s been another wonderful day of vacation. Hoping to get more done on my book through this week. Wish me luck!

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up!

Amy McGuire

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