First full day in Panama City. Sharon had signed us up to go swimming with the Dolphins today. We got to Gulf World Marine Park at about 9:30.
We then proceeded to see the shows Sea Lion, Birds, Dolphin, and Sting Ray.
|Slapped the ball with her tail|
In between shows we visited most of the exhibits. Just after noon we had a bite to eat and then watched the reptile show. We walked over to where we were told to meet for Swimming with the Dolphins. Megan met us there and took us to the class room. We (Sharon and I were the only ones in the group) learned all the basics about the Dolphins and watched a video. Then it was off to the locker room to get into our swimsuits. Up to the pool area we went. Its the same pool the Dolphin show was in. We met our trainer and into the water we went. Our Dolphin was Brenan, she is about 30 years old and is retired from the Navy in San Diego. She also has a young baby. But she was great, very well trained. We got to pet and stroke her, you could tell she enjoyed it. We learned how to get her to do some of her routines and jumps. Also got to give her a big hug. Then the real highlight was to be able to hold on to her dorsal fin and go for a ride. Just like they did on the show FLIPPER, I used to love to watch that show.
|She was very gentle|
|I think she liked me|
|Shaking hands with my sister|
|A great big hug|
We watched the last Dolphin show of the day and then left for the day.
We decided to eat on the way home. A quick check on my phone using the app YELP showed that we were close to Firefly which was highly recommended. So we decided to give it a try. The food was really good and we were in time for the Early Bird Special.
|Started with a nice salad|
Back to the condo to download pictures and update the blog. Wow a busy day and its pretty late, more tomorrow.
The coffee I had at dinner last night kept me awake until 1am, but I did go right to sleep once I got into bed. I started reading "The Help" and got about 4 pages read once I laid down. I got up around 7:30 and had some breakfast and read some email and blogs. Then Sharon got up and we finally left here around 11 to check out Panama City. We stopped at the city marina and looked around a little.
|Christmas decorations are already up|
The it was off to find Los Rancheros for lunch we had a restaurant.com coupon.
The food was good, it was hot and there was plenty of it. I forgot to take a picture until after I had a couple bites.
|There is about a 3 foot drop off in the sand here.|
We decided to grab a sub for supper and so we tried FireHouse Subs
We took the subs back to the condo and they were really good.
Time for a little reading and TV as the internet was out for a while, but now its back so I can get this updated.
We had a slow morning with not much planned today, so we walked over to the main building and talked to the concierge for about 45 minutes. She was very helpful and pointed us in the right direction for the day.
|Our Villa is in this building, there are 2 buildings 80 villas|
|Captain Richard (from Akron, NY) readies the airboat|
|One of the Egrets we saw|
|Headed into the marsh|
We then headed for a diving museum. The Navy's diving school is near our condo and a lot of the equipment at the museum came from there.
|This is almost 50 years old and was one of the first, they are getting a grant to restore it.|
|A very nice collection|
|Knot board with some fancy work on it|
|A deep water explorer|
|Can't eat like this all the time!|
Wow its Wednesday already so I will get this posted.
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