Blue Spring State Park & Goodbye Goodyear Blimp

Yesterday we went to Blue Spring State Park right here in Orange City.  During the winter months (is it really winter when the temperature is in the 80’s?), the park is home to over 200 manatees that come into the Blue Spring Run, off the St. John’s River.  The natural springs allow the river to stay at a constant 72 degrees year round. Unlike the springs over in Crystal River, you are not allowed to enter the water when the manatees are around.  They do offer kayak rentals, and there is a river cruise that you can take, but the area containing the manatees is blocked off.

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring Run

Blue Spring Run

 

The park is 2,643 acres and has a nice 51 site campground.  In 1856, Louis Thursby arrived from New York and purchased the property.  He was a gold prospector, but discovered acres of orange trees and became the areas largest orange grower.  He built a three-story house on the grounds, and that house has been preserved and is open to the public.  It does not contain any furnishings.

Thursby House

Thursby House

Before the railroad was constructed in this area, mail, supplies and tourists arrived by steamboats at this property.  The Thursby’s and their children thrived on this tourist activity.  Once the railroad came through the area, steamboats all but disappeared and the family moved to another house in Orange City.

In 1971, an episode of the Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau, entitled “The Forgotten Mermaids” was filmed on this property.  Cousteau was instrumental in protecting both the manatees and their winter habitat.  Florida purchased the land after the documentary, and has worked on restoring the property back to its natural habitat.  There are many species of birds and fish that can be found in the park.

But the manatees are the main attraction and dozens can be seen floating under the water below:

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manatees

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The only manatee you can touch in the park!

The only manatee you can touch in the park!

There were also dozens of tilapia that were spawning.  It was interesting to watch.  The females use their fins and spin around in a circle digging a small hole, then deposit their eggs.  Then they hover over the hole, and chase off all the other fish that try to get at the eggs.

mama fish

mama fish

circles made by the fish

circles made by the fish

The park has a nice boardwalk that you can walk along down the spring, to the area containing an underwater cave.  Only scuba divers certified in cave diving are allowed to enter this area.  This is the source of the spring that discharges over 100 million gallons of water every day into the St. Johns River.  The water was crystal clear, no wonder so many species of fish and the manatees love to “winter” here!

After we left the park, we headed over to visit Dan’s parents in New Smyrna Beach.  We noticed the Goodyear Blimp was flying down the coast.  As it turns out, this particular blimp, Spirit of Goodyear, is making its final flight this Sunday, at the Daytona 500.

Spirit of Goodyear

Spirit of Goodyear

Goodyear has 3 blimps currently in service.  Two are based out of California, and this one is based out of Akron, Ohio.  The “Spirit” blimp has been in service for 14 years.  There will be 2 blimps at the race on Sunday, and this one will be disassembled after the start of the race.  So of course I had to look into some “fun facts” on the blimp.  The blimp is 192 feet long, 50 feet wide and 59.5 feet tall.  It has a cruising speed of 30 mph, and a top speed of 50 mph.  There is no bathroom on the blimp.

Goodyear will be replacing this blimp with a new model that has more passenger capacity, and better technology.  The blimp covered its first event in 1955, the Rose Bowl parade and football game.  But they were first put into service in the 1920’s, and patrolled America’s coasts during WWII.

And if you think about it, the blimp “pioneered” the world of social media, with its LED sign broadcasting messages during the events it covered!

Quote for the Day: “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.  Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. ” – Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Visit to Epcot – Part Two

Last Friday we ventured down to the Walt Disney Resort complex to visit Epcot Center with friends and tour guides, Karen and Al.  Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and has two themed areas: Future World and World Showcase.  Future World has many educational exhibits focusing on our history and  new technologies.  The World Showcase has eleven different countries displaying their cultures, architecture, food and entertainment.  We did our best to cover as much as possible (Karen commented that we were on our “Amazon walking pace”!), but there is so much to do, we will need another visit or two!

Al and Karen acted as our tour guides, and not once did we need to consult a map during our visit.  When the crowds were going right, they veered left, and we discovered oftentimes there is more than one way into an attraction!  I think they need to consider hiring themselves out as tour guides!

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is right at the entrance to the park, and many people immediately jumped into the long line waiting for the ride inside.  Al said the ride is less crowded at night, so we kept on following our tour guides and went over to the Universe of Energy, for Ellen’s Energy Adventure, where we had no wait for this attraction.  Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye – the Science Guy, explain the history of energy, from the beginning of time, through current technologies.  You start out with a short video, then sit in a tram that slowly moves around dinosaurs and into a video display.  This ride/attraction is suitable for all ages, and lasts about 40 minutes.  I felt smarter than a 5th grader when we were done!

Universe of Energy

Universe of Energy

Next up was Mission: Space, which simulates a space launch, and journey into space.

Mission: Space

Mission: Space

The ride has two choices to experience:  green or orange.  In both, four people enter into a space capsule, and you experience the sensation of a lift-off into space.  If you are claustrophobic, you may want to skip this ride.  The orange is a more intense version of the ride.  There is a sign that explains the difference in the two versions.  Al and Karen have previously been on the ‘orange’ version.  Al loved it, Karen not so much!

green or orange??

green or orange??

I like to have fun on rides, without feeling sick or getting bounced around, so I voted for green.  We all enjoyed the ride, but Dan said next time he wants to try out the orange, as the green was too tame for him.  After exiting that ride, we discovered the Disney tradition of making you walk through a gift shop before you can exit out of the building!

The next major ride is the Test Track, where you design your own concept car, and take it out for a test ride.  Unfortunately, this was the most popular ride in the park, and the waiting times were over an hour all day.  So we headed over to World Showcase, were we began our trip around the world. Each of the countries has some type of attraction to stop and see that explains a bit about their country and cultures.

First stop was Mexico, which has a Mariachi band playing at certain times of the day, lots of food choices, and a boat ride, featuring Donald Duck.

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boat ride in Mexico

boat ride in Mexico

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After Mexico, you go past Norway, which also has a boat ride and short film highlighting their country.  We didn’t spend too much time in Norway, as China was right next door, and we were hungry for lunch!  The restaurants in the countries feature both inside seating (which usually require reservations) and more of a fast-food style restaurant.  There are many, many choices for food.  We had an excellent meal in China, followed by a short 360 degree video highlighting China and it’s cultures.  It was a definite must see item.  China also has acrobats that put on a performance, but due to the drizzly weather, they were not performing at the time we were there.

China

China

China has a special exhibit, the Tomb Warriors, from the Qin Dynasty (221 – 210 B.C.).  Back in 1974, a group of Chinese peasants were digging a well and discovered the burial-site of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuangdi. The Tomb Warriors are clay structures buried in his site to protect him in the afterlife. The display at Epcot represents a reproduction of the soldiers and horses that were found in his burial site.

Tomb Warriors

Tomb Warriors

clay horses

clay horses

China is also the first place I discovered Disney characters that you can stand in a line for a meet and greet.  Karen was amused that I had no idea who any of these characters were, or why they were associated with certain countries.  Again, I have not seen many Disney movies…

Princess Mulan, I guess!  I was impressed by how much time each character spent talking with the kids (and adults).

Princess Mulan

Princess Mulan

After China, we passed through Germany, which has the traditional Oktoberfest Biergarten.  I was also staring at another character, until Karen explained mentioned “Sleeping Beauty”.  Not sure what she has to do with Germany though.

 

Snow White in Germany

Sleeping Beauty

We also ran into Snow White, but why doesn’t she have white hair?

Snow White

Snow White

 

 

We cruised past Italy, (which has a mime and jugglers), to make it just in time to see The American Adventure, a 30 minute animatronic feature talking about the past, present and future of the United States.   They also have a fife and drum corps and an a-capella group performing throughout the day.

We walked past Japan, which has a Torii, a traditional Japanese gate.

Japan

Japan

The Torii - Japan

The Torii – Japan

Part Morocco

Morocco

Morocco

And onto France, where there was a waiter and chef performing a juggling act that we stopped to watch.

just starting out

just starting out

The chef continued handing chairs to the waiter.  We needed to see just how high up he was going to go…

just one?

just one?

The crowd continued encouraging him to go up and up and up…

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ta da!!

ta da!!

He ended up balancing on 6 chairs…very impressive!  Of course, all that nervous watching caused us to work up an appetite, so we stopped at Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie for excellent deserts.  A highly recommended stop!!

After France, we headed to the United Kingdom, where I had to stop and watch another character (and I believe I heard more laughter coming from Al, Dan and Karen!)  There was a major cheerleading competition going on at ESPN’s Wild World of Sports complex, so there were a lot of cheerleaders touring Epcot the day we were there.  They seemed very excited to meet this character, which I think is Alice in Wonderland?

Hanging with the cheerleaders

Hanging with the cheerleaders

The United Kingdom also has a lot of telephone booths, which seemed to fascinate the teenagers.  If you look at the photo below, one girl is trying to figure out how to use this “antique” telephone, while one friend watches and another takes a photo with her cell phone.  It was just as entertaining as some of the rides!

what are these things?!!

what are these things?!!

Our last stop of our ‘around the world’ tour was Canada, where we watched a 360 degree film talking about the culture, history and cities of our great country to the North of us.  Canada also had a display of some of the totem poles that you would find in Vancouver

Canada

Canada

Canada

Canada

Karen, Al and Dan

Karen, Al and Dan

When you exit out of the World Showcase, you enter into the other half of Future World, where we went through a ride with the characters from Finding Nemo, that are in an aquarium with fish, dolphins and a few small sharks.  We then went on an excellent ride, Soarin’, which takes you on a hang gliding flight above the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite, Los Angeles and Malibu.  It was another “must do” attraction.  And it wasn’t too scary, except for the first 30 seconds when the ride starts to lift off the ground!

We went to the Living with the Land display, which is a short tram ride through the greenhouses where Disney is testing out new ways to grow food (which is all served at their restaurants) with minimal impact on the environment.  After that, we watched The Circle of Life movie featuring characters from The Lion King, talking about the importance of land conservation.

After that, Al suggested we head back to Spaceship Earth, as it was late in the day, when the wait for the ride is usually shorter.  And he was correct, as the wait time was only 3 minutes!  This is another tram ride that takes you up, and then backwards down, while discussing the history of communications from the days of cave men, to the start of computers, to what the future holds.

Below are some more photos of the various countries, taken around the lake that is at the center of the countries.

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Since we had a hour’s drive home, we decided to skip the nightly fireworks display to beat the traffic home.  We had an excellent time, and Al and Karen were wonderful guides.  Dan and I were talking on the way home that it would have been very challenging  trying to navigate our way around Epcot.  We certainly would not have been able to see and do as much without Al and Karen’s guidance.

Would we go again?  Absolutely!!  We are hooked into the Disney magic!  And it is super easy to walk past all the gift shops when you live in an RV, because there is no room for any more “stuff”.  Not to mention that the “trinkets” are not RV friendly (now if Disney would make acrylic stuff…..)

Karen recommended that I start watching some Disney movies before my next visit, so I will know “who’s who”!  I will keep that in mind.  Thank you again Karen and Al for a wonderful day!!  And to Walt Disney for making all this “magic” happen!

Quote for the day: “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”  – Walt Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our visit to Epcot – Part One

Last Friday we made the one hour drive South to spend a day with friends Karen and Al (http://wishuponanrvstar.blogspot.com/) at Epcot Center.  We have been following their blog for several years now, and we finally met them while working last fall at Amazon.  They are “Disney experts”, in that they have visited Walt Disney World over 80 times over the past several decades.  This was our very fist visit!

I decided to split this blog post into 2 parts.  The first part will be more background information, and the second part will be on our visit.  So if you have been to Disney many times, or really have no interest in going, you can skip this post!

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A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON DISNEY

The Walt Disney World Resort covers 40 square miles in Orlando, Florida, and has four main theme parks:  Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  In addition, there are 2 water parks, several golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Downtown Disney, which has shops, restaurants, a bowling alley and other entertainment attractions.  The complex has about 20 resorts and one campground, Fort Wilderness.  There are Disney trams, boats  and buses that will take you to all the attractions from the resorts and campground.

The Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, Epcot in 1982, Hollywood Studios in 1989, and Animal Kingdom in 1998.

TICKET PRICES

Ouch! was my first thought when I started looking into ticket prices.  Disney is not cheap, and is certainly a vacation that needs to be built into the budget.  A one day pass to the Magic Kingdom is $95.00 for ages 10 and older, and $89.00 for ages 3 – 9.  Disney “allows” those under the age of 3 to get in free!  A one day pass to Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios is $90.00, or $84.00 for ages 3 – 9.  If you wanted to see more than one park in the same day, then you would need the “park hopper” add-on, which is another $59.00 per ticket, or $84.00 per ticket with the 2 water parks as well.  I don’t think you can realistically see more than one park in a day, unless you have visited these parks before.

If you are going to be staying awhile, then your pricing options improve.  A four-day ticket is $279.00 for ages 10 and above.  This will allow you four visits to the parks (one park per day without the hopper add-on) over a 14 day period.  That reduces the cost per ticket to $69.75.  They also have more options, which further reduces the price of the tickets. An annual pass may be the best option if you plan on spending a lot of time at all the parks.  We thought about getting the 4 day pass, but after factoring in the cost of driving 120 miles each day, and the cost of food and parking, it just wasn’t going to work this year.  It would have been a big budget buster.

If you have AAA, they offer a very small discount on tickets, about $6.00 on the 4 day pass.  There is another company that advertises discounted tickets, Undercover Tourist, but their discount is also about the same as AAA.  Neither one offers that much of a saving, in my thrifty opinion.  And there is no discount on one day passes, so you can just wait and buy them at the park.  Disney is more than happy to take your money, and there are plenty of ticket booths!  The savings for AAA comes on the accommodation’s, as well as some food and merchandise in the park.  Fort Wilderness has a 20% discount for AAA members.

Karen and Al changed their residency to Florida, after they sold their house and went full-time.  As Florida residents, there are many reasonably priced options for Disney tickets.  They have a Weekday Select Pass, for $209.00, which allows them admission to four theme parks Monday – Friday, but blocks out the summer and holidays.  So when it’s very hot, or very crowded, they can’t go!!

Fort Wilderness Campground

Both the Disney complex and the Orlando area have many hotels and condos for rent for their visitors.  But there is only one campground on the Disney complex, Fort Wilderness.  Al and Karen have stayed there the last several years, and love it.  They usually stay about 2 weeks during their visit.  You can view a few photos of their campsite if you click on their blog post that I linked to above.  They also have their shiny new 5th wheel in the photos!!  It is very nice, and has a wonderful pantry!!

The campground covers a massive 750 acres, and has 799 sites, with prices starting at $49.00 for tent/pop – up sites, and going up to $81.00 per night for premium sites.  And if you have AAA, there is a 20% discount.  Although it may sound a little pricey, when you factor in the cost of diesel, parking and meals, it would be worth camping at Disney during your stay.  And they allow up to 10 people per site, not the usual 2 adults, 2 children that  most campgrounds allow.

When we drove down for the day, we parked at Al and Karen’s spot in the campground.  It was easily the nicest campground that we seen so far. There is a lot of privacy between the sites.  And there is so much to do at the campground as well – water park, horseback riding, canoe/kayaking, etc.  There are also dinner shows and a buffet restaurant.  Given all that is going on, it was surprising how quiet the campground area is.

Bus service is available right at the campground, so you would not need to drive anywhere, and you get free parking at the parks if you stay at the campground.  There is also daycare for both children and pets.

We would definitely consider staying at Fort Wilderness when we visit Walt Disney World again.  It was so close to all the parks, and you can leave the park you are at, go back to the campground for lunch, dinner or a nap, and then return to the park later that day.  The savings on parking and meals would certainly offset the higher campground fees.

WHAT PARK TO SEE?

Since we decided only one park was in our budget for this year, the hard part was deciding which one to see.  They all seem worthy of a visit.  Since we had been to Universal Studios – Hollywood about 10 years ago (highly recommend by the way), we eliminated the Disney Hollywood Studios for this visit.  Each theme park has a signature attraction.  For the Studio’s, it is a 122 foot Sorcerer’s Hat, resembling the one Mickey Mouse wore in “Fantasia” (one of many Disney movies I have never seen!).

Animal Kingdom, which has four themed areas, sounds like a lot of fun as you go on a Safari ride, an Expedition into the Himalayas, a dinosaur park and an undersea world from “Finding Nemo” (saw that movie!)  The signature attraction is a 14-story Tree of Life with carvings of animals.

But we narrowed our choices down to 2 parks, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The Magic Kingdom has six different themed lands, and has the famous Cinderella Castle as their signature attraction.   As you already know from reading this far, we ended up at Epcot.  After talking with Dan’s brother (who refers to Disney as “Walt’s Wallet – come with a full one, leave with an empty one”) and Dan’s niece Kami who just visited all the parks last fall with her family, they both felt Epcot would be our best choice.  Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere (it’s all about math) is their signature attraction.

Epcot Center

Epcot Center’s signature attraction

 

And now I’ve babbled on enough, without even giving you any information on Epcot.  So you will have to read tomorrows blog post for that.  And then perhaps next year,  we will do all the parks….stay tuned!

Quote for the day:  “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  – Walt Disney

 

 

 

 

 

Makena’s Musings

Hi everyone, it’s me again!  For our new followers, “me” is Makena, a Jack Russell terrier.  I like to interrupt this blog every once in a while to give my point of view.

Hello!

Hello!

When we began this new lifestyle, my parents promised me I would not have to suffer through another cold and snowy winter in Wisconsin.  I was not too impressed with the weather in January in Cedar Key, Florida, although it is better than Wisconsin from what my parents tell me.  However,  I did discover what this lifestyle is all about:  adventure and making new friends.  I am not too fond of other dogs, unless I get to see them a lot, and, they keep their nose out of my butt!  But I did get to meet a new type of friend, a cat!!  At first, Kiki was not too happy to see me, but once she realized I had no interest in chasing her, she seemed to warm up to me.

I love Kiki!

I love Kiki!

Although I did get to go on many long walks in Cedar Key, I wanted to try out kayaking.  Try as I might,  the weather just didn’t get quite warm enough for my parents.  I was ready to go, and hopped in to Kiki’s parents inflatable Sea Eagle kayak. They are animal friendly.   My mom said I needed to put on my life jacket first (yes, I do have one!).

I'm ready to paddle

I’m ready to paddle

But now we are in Orange City, FL for the month.  So far, I am really liking it here, for several reasons:

Weather!!!  finally some hot days to bask in the sun!

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Orange City RV Resort has a fenced in play area for dogs, so I can finally play some football again!!!!!

always ready to play

always ready to play!

I love my football!!!

I love my football!!!

And best of all, my grandparents are just a short ride away, so I can get lot’s of hugs and tummy rubs from them. We went to the New Smyrna Beach Dunes park the other day, and I was able to play in the Atlantic Ocean (it is a dog-friendly park, but you still have to wear a leash).

Splish Splash!

Splish Splash!

My grandma took a photo of me with my parents standing along the ocean.  As you can see by the photo, my grandma knows who is more important!  Who cares that she cut their heads off, at least I am in the photo!!!  Oh, and that’s her finger covering the lens on the left, in case you were wondering!!

Grandma Joan's photo skills!

Grandma says I am the important one!

So things are going well.  There are a lot of nice folks in this park as well.  I haven’t seen any cats though.  But the man across the street likes to leave peanuts out for the squirrels, so I see dozens of them everyday!!

Thanks for following along, and I hope to bring you more adventures soon!!

 

Quote for the day:  “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A Heinlein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling with the Manatees

Saturday we went to Crystal River with 3 other couples, to snorkel with the manatees in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.   Normally the tour with Manatee Tour and Dive costs $49.00, but one of the couples found a Groupon, so we only paid $20 each.  Even at the full cost of $49, it would be well worth the experience.

First, a little background about manatees.  Manatees are herbivorous (plant-eating) marine mammals, sometimes referred to as sea cows.  There are three main types of manatees:  Amazonian, West Indian, and West African.  The manatees in Florida are West Indian.  They come to Crystal River because the water temperature in the springs  remains 72 degrees year round.  Manatees, despite their size, do not have a lot of body fat, and cannot survive for an extended period of time in water that is less than 68 degrees.

Manatees can live upwards of 60 years, weigh 800 – 1200 pounds, and are 8-10 feet in length.  A baby manatee weighs about 66 pounds at birth.  Manatees spend half their day sleeping, and can stay under water for 20 minutes, before floating up to the surface for a quick breath of air, then gently sink back down.  They are still an endangered species, and  are very gentle animals, when treated with respect.  It is against the law to approach a manatee, but you can touch it, if it approaches you first.  The tour company goes over a long list of the rules of what you can and cannot do during the tour.  And there are many volunteers in the wildlife sanctuary that make sure us humans respect the gentle giants.

Manatee Tour and Dive, Crystal Springs

Manatee Tour and Dive, Crystal Springs

Our tour started out with getting fitted for a wet suit, which neither of us have ever worn before.  The suit is required, since the water is 72 degrees, and helps to keep you afloat.

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After we squeezed into the suits, they have a brief safety and informational video on the manatees.  Then it is off to the boat, where we received more instruction from our captain.

Our tour boat

Our tour boat

Here’s our group from the campground:

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Captain Glen used a stuffed manatee to explain the areas we are allowed to touch if a manatee approaches you.

Captain Glen

Captain Glen

Our tour group before we headed out to the sanctuary:

Before we start snorkeling

Before we start snorkeling

Once we get near the sanctuary, the boat is anchored in the river, and we all get our “flotation noodles”, and slowly get acclimated to the cooler temperatures in the water.

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The river water is pretty murky, and then we follow Captain Glen into the sanctuary, where the water gets pretty clear.  Here is a manatee that popped up for a quick breath of air.  You can see darker shadows under the water where other manatees were hanging out.

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For me, it was a little frightening when you see this coming at you!!  But they truly are gentle mammals.

Hello!!

Hello!!

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this is a baby

this is a baby

If you remain still in the water, and keep your feet up, they will come right up to you.

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I do not swim, so Dan would check in on me to make sure I was doing okay!

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doing fine!

Dan had one swim right under him!

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We were in the water about 1 1/2 hours, and saw manatees the entire time.  With the cooler weather, the sanctuary had hundreds of them seeking out the warmer water temperature.  Many of the manatees stay year round, but the best viewing is during the winter months.  We had a happy group on the return trip.  Our captain had hot chocolate for our return trip back.

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Everyone had a fantastic time, and we would highly recommend this experience if you are in the area.

Quote for the day:  “Love the manatee and save the manatee.”  – John Lithgow

Greetings from Cedar Key, FL

We arrived in Cedar Key on the 2nd of January, in a rather chilly, rainy day.  As with the rest of the country, it has been colder than normal here.  Today has been the nicest day, but Tuesday night it will dip into the 20’s, but it should be back in the “normal” 70’s by the end of the week (we hope!).

Sunset Isle at Cedar Key

Sunset Isle at Cedar Key

Sunset Isle

Sunset Isle

 

The park here is small, but is full of friendly people.  They have a small clubhouse, and have nightly “jam sessions” for anyone that plays an instrument.  Last Thursday there were 3 guys on acoustic guitars, a banjo and slack guitar player, a violinist and a gal with a Peruvian drum, that looks like a box, but has snares inside, so it sounds just like a regular drum.  I know my brother Jerry, and brother-in-law Doug would fit right in with this group of talented folks.  (and George, there was a lady playing the spoons that would give you a run for your money!!)

We met up with another couple whose blog we follow, Chris and Cherie of Technomadia (http://www.technomadia.com/).  We have learned a lot from following their blog, and they are great people.  Saturday they did a live, video streamed presentation on the lithium batteries that they use to power their 1961 bus conversion that they live in.

We also drove into downtown Cedar Key, which many people describe as Key West 50 years ago.  Kayaking, fishing and bicycling are the main things to do here.

low tide - lots of mud

low tide – lots of mud

Given the weather, we have not spent much time in town yet.  Since we will be here for a month, there is no rush to do anything.  The tide did not come in on Friday, as the wind was coming in from the North.

brrr!

brrr!

They have a lot of boat tours and fishing charters, but we will wait until the weather is a lot warmer, so we don’t look as cold as these folks on the boat!!

Today there will be a get together to watch the football games (hosted by a 49ers fan!).  We hope everyone stays warm and safe the next few days!

Quote for the day:  “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”   – Dr. Seuss  The Cat in the Hat