So when my parents proposed a Florida trip in January, a month when M is usually very busy at work and would not be able to take days off I was faced with a challenging opportunity. No I would not being doing it on my own per se but I was no longer the dependent. All these years I plan the trips and then the second we leave the house I put up my feet and M drives, takes care of car rentals, parking, pumping gas just about everything else...
I began to plan the trip.. we were to be in Florida for 5 days.. the first two days we would spend driving down to the Keys, stopping in the Everglades to catch an air boat ride and maybe spot a gator or two..and then driving back up to Orlando where M would meet up with us for the theme parks he managed to get a day off :) Those first two days involved a lot of driving.. with two kids in the car.. so I mapped and mapped and timed everything hoping we would make every where we needed to be on time and before dark..
It was an early am flight.. I drove, dropped off the car at parking, checked in, boarded and so far so good. This marked H's first plane ride..
And then the plane was delayed.. and the line at the car rental was long and it took me a while to figure out the new car all the while missing my car at home.. we hit the road an hour later than I had planned.. meaning we were minutes too late for the last air boat ride.. D was disappointed.. we started towards the Keys instead and it started to get dark and the road never ending... D and H stuck in a car all day started to get restless and I don't blame them. I was too busy blaming myself.. we arrived at the Sea Dell Motel around 8pm in Marathon. It was clean and basic.. just what we needed to spend the night. Everyone was exhausted so instead of eating where I had planned to eat me picked up some pizza across the street and ate in our room.. FUN!
The next morning I was determined to salvage day two.. what better way than to put on some lipstick and say cheese.. if nothing else at least the weather was warm and perfect.
We headed down to Key West for breakfast at La Creperie, where D decided he wanted to eat an omelet. The crepes were delectable.
While we had initially intended to spend a few hours in Key West.. with the long long drive ahead of us back to Orlando with a stop at Gator Park we thought it best to just hit the road.
If you really want to see the alligators.. Shark Valley is your best bet.. but you need a couple of hours for that.. with D and the time constraint I thought the thrill of an air boat would be something he may enjoy a bit more. Purchasing Gator Park tickets online enablde me to save a few dollars per ticket and D and H were free.
We saw a few alligators.. birds and tons of turtles.. the free alligator wrestling show was something we had no interest it.. but got sort of pushed into it anyway.. it was disappointing, sad and inhumane. The air boat ride itself and our guide were both great fun.
After which we hit the road again.. once again the plan was to stop in Downtown Disney for dinner, a way to get into the Disney mood.. but by the time we got to Orlando everyone was exhausted.. so instead we went to the hotel.. the Marriott Fairfield. Showered and relaxed until it was time to pick M up from the airport and I could go back to the passenger seat.
The first two days while in the end worked out okay.. in retrospect they were probably unneeded. We didn't get to spend the time in Key West we wanted..but hey.. we survived :) just in time for some Disney fun!
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