We both slept in this morning and once up had a leisurely breakfast. I called and made reservations for an air boat ride at 3:30. In checking the area I also found a fort to visit.
The boat ride is on and near the St Johns river in Christmas Florida. So we decided to leave early and also visit Fort Christmas. It was build in the 1860's as a fort to hold supplies for the army. It was only used for a few months. Here are a few pictures of the park and the fort.
|Lots of Spanish Moss|
|Rebuild fort replica|
|Front gate of the Fort|
|It was a beautiful park|
|Right on the river|
|Meet Pork Chop their pet pig. She really enjoyed belly rubs|
|The water is high and these small gators were on the lower deck|
|Down the path in the boat to the river|
|Lots of birds like this Blue Heron|
|Whats that ahead|
|Yep cows that live in the swamp right in the water|
|Spotted our first Gator|
|Into the Cypress grove|
|Some times the water gets really high and this is dry ground in the fall and winter|
|These are two air plants|
|Gator high and dry about a 12 footer|
|Looks like he is grinning|
|This is a farm raised gator that you can hold and examine|
|And Bonnie did|
It was getting late so we headed back toward the condo. On the way back we decided to stop for dinner and we picked Chinese.
|Bonnie's Seafood in a birds nest|
|She found this in her cookie|
|My General Tso's Chicken|
|Right on! In my cookie|
Bonnie wanted to stop at Walgreens to look for souvenirs and toothpaste.
Finally back at the condo to rest up for tomorrows adventures.
I forgot to mention yesterday that we drove by the Airstream Ranch in Dover, FL. I have read about it and seen pictures but was surprised as we drove past it on our travels.
|Borrowed picture of the Airstream Ranch|
We decided to go to a mystery dinner theater tonight so I made reservations at Capone's. The setting is during the gangster days so we should have a good time. Well time to get ready.
We arrived and were were greeted at the door by Bugsy Malone.
|Bonnie and Bugsy|
Then came the show. It was a musical comedy set in Chicago during prohibition. It was a bit corny but we had lots of laughs and enjoyed the night.
The dinner and show lasted almost 3 hours and since this is the slow season was half price. Well time to get some rest we have a big day planned again tomorrow.
Another leisurely morning and then we headed out to visit Gatorland. We took the kids there years ago and we all really enjoyed it, they still talk about it.
|Its as old as I am.|
|The Famous entrance|
|I guess they do not eat turtles, it climbed all over|
|Bird on a Hot Tin Roof|
|White Gator not albino|
|One of the big old guys|
|In the aviary|
|That little white bird kept coming back|
|Resting his hands|
|Taking a Nap|
|Big guy out in the breeding swamp|
|You looking at me?|
|This guys moved fast once the lunch arrived|
|We finished up the visit with a ride on the train.|
Stayed in for dinner tonight and now time for a little TV and reading maybe the hot tub.
Thanks for Checking In. I hope to meet a real live mermaid tomorrow!