So here we are again! To continue to saga of our first official guests' visit. I think the only thing left to talk about is our visit to "The Parks" both Busch and Disney. It was so much fun! None of us had ever been to Busch Gardens but Hurley had done his research and found that there was a remote possibility that if we hustled our bustles and got their early enough, we could sign up to feed kangaroos. What's that? Feed Kangaroo's? Are you serious? Sign Us Up! So with that plan in mind, we arrived early and were lucky enough to be on the list of 10 people who get to hand feed critters!~
I've been a fan of kangaroos since my days with Captain Kangaroo. First of all, its a fun word to say. Second of all, I like their little faces. Thirdly, if we need a third reason, they are just so unlike any other animal I can think of! While we waited in the Kangaroo habitat, we observe them lounging, sleeping and occasionally hopping like mad. They are incredibly fast and amazingly soft. While Hurley and Jessie hand fed some more mature Kangaroos, Tim petted a few. As usual, animals just love him.
To our surprise, for the next part, they were invited into the enclosure. The gentleman in charge explained their mission and they all listened closely, even the kangaroo.
Then they were given the baby bottles and assigned their young charges. Suffice it to say that if even you have a young kangaroo that needs roo-sitting while you are away, I think these two would be terrific at the job.
I guess nobody was done feeding animals because we then moved outside to the duck pond and continued, both ducks and the birds that were jealous of the ducks being fed.
Ok! Everybody fed? Great. Time to move on. There were a lot of other animals there too of course, that we could not pet or feed. But we admired them anyway. We particularly liked the part where they were not in cages but in habitats. Here is a small sampling of the beautiful animals that we got to see.
Next up on the agenda were the rides which means you can count me out! Especially the rides that Tim, Hurley and Jessie like to go on. So I become the official holder of things. Which is fine with me. While they wait in long lines and go on the rides, I, holding hats, sunglasses and so forth, prowl through the little shops and indulge in some serious people watching, which is one of my favourite hobbies. Why don't I go on these rides, you ask? Well I get dizzy easily which is not fun. But also frankly, because I'm a big chicken. While other people see, Yay fun! I see........Yikes!
So The Busch Garden Day was seriously a lot of fun. It was not too crowded and the weather was good, the lines weren't very long and there was a little something for everyone. While we are still on a roll, another day we headed out to Disney World! Hollywood Studios, specifically.
Disney is an entirely different entity. It's certainly bigger, better known and therefore there are a lot more people and there are way more options of things to do. We walked in knowing these things and we were not disappointed. One of the things on Hurley and Jessie's list were seeing the characters. We saw a lot of them and they were fortunate enough to get their photos taken with many.
There were tons of rides and one of the things at Disney that I really appreciate is that there are rides that even I can go on. Nothing too wild and crazy, but still fun. Oh there are plenty of the other kinds too. They "fast-passed" a few of the long lines but others they just waited out and later on in the afternoon the line was much shorter.
And then there was shopping. Lots of different places to look around. And for some reason, everyone tried on mickey-ears. I don't quite remember why that seemed to be a good idea, but naturally I had to immortalize it. Some people were happier about it than others.
At the end of the day, we were tired and a little sunburnt, but we all had a great time. We stopped for dinner on the way home and talked about all the fun we had, laughed like lunatics and talked about what we will do the next time we go there.
And then all too soon, it was time for Hurley and Jessie to fly back to the cold winter in New York and their real lives. We had a great visit. Every day was loads of fun whether we ate out or in, went to a park or stayed home, slept on the beach or walked around town. If they had half as good a time as we did, they had a great vacation!
We hope the kids come to see us again soon and look very much forward to our next visitors!
Hope you enjoyed hearing all about it! (I had some random photos left over so .....) Maybe this will inspire you into wanting to be one of our guests??
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.