|Thanks to Larry and Diane you are still following us down the paths of the Star Trek adventures, but thought it was time (really told to do so) to add some of our thoughts, ventures and pictures to the web.
We really enjoyed the Disney World experience, though I guess our eyes were bigger than our legs, as we purchased a 10 day ticket and used only 7 days. These are BIG parks, but felt as if we got our monies worth and enjoyed seeing it all. Larry described the visit well, so no need to add anymore, except I never saw Mickey. Where's Mickey?
One thing we saw that the others didn't was the full eclipse of the moon. (some people go to bed early) Tried to get pictures, as you can see, they certainly don't show the wonder of it. We had a clear night and got to see it all, slowly, slowly the moon just disappeared. It was pretty neat.
While in the Lake Ocheecobee area we drove half way around sightseeing. This is the second largest fresh water lake in the US and is used as a waterway linking the east coast to the west coast of Florida. Using rivers and hand made canals, locks into the lake, large ships are able to transverse from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico without going around the keys of Florida.
I noticed that the trekkies have been kind enough not tell our tale of woe when leaving that area, but sooner or later everyone will know, so I thought best to mention it now. Just as we were leaving, pulling out, and the big BANG sounded. Yes, we did it again, the trailer dropped on the truck. Does get everyone's attention in the campground. After surveying the damage, finding nothing was critical to the continuation of the trip, except for ego and the tell tale damage to the bed of the truck announcing to the world what had happened, we continued on down to the Everglades.
We finally saw our first alligator, in fact many, large and small, turtles, birds and fish in the state park we visited. We were beginning to think alligators were a myth. Not so, they do exist.
Finally, the furthest away from home, we arrived at the Florida Keys. Weather is warm all day and night, I love it. Don and I went Kayaking through a Mangrove area off of one of Indian Key. Mangrove trees grow where no tree has grown before. They are able to survive inundation by salt water twice a day, and in "soil" which is unstable and poor in oxygen (anaerobic). They also have to deal with swollen rivers carrying silt during the wet season, as well as violent storms that hit the coasts. They are sometimes called the walking tree as their roots stick way above the mucky sand/soil they grow in. Some of the canals were like caves where the trees on both sides had grown together. It's a haven for many birds and fish. The marina we rented the kayak from was fun and funky, a little shabby, but the lunch we had was really good and everyone was so friendly, made for a great day of fun.
Will sort of be heading for home, feels like we will have to pay Florida property taxes we've been here so long. We may have to stay if the gas prices keep going up. On the keys, Diesel is 3.98 a gallon. Ouch!