Friday, November 5, 2010

Florida, days 3 and 4

On Saturday, we woke up as early as we could, considering Florida time is 2 hours later than Utah time, so it felt very early to us!  And we headed to Lake Placid, which is a two hour drive away, into the Florida "Highlands" where much of the orange groves are.  (And also the big lake, Lake Okeechobee that you can see on globes.)  We visited my grandpa and grandma there, and they took us to Gatorama, where the kids had a really fun time seeing the alligators and crocodiles that are farmed there for meat.  Lizzy was really brave, and even held a baby crocodile (with help from one of the workers)!  Gatorama has a large boardwalk that you walk on, with fenced in sides, that goes over a large pond where all the adult alligators and crocodiles live.  You could buy a bag of bread at the beginning and toss it into the water and watch the alligators and crocodiles snap it up!  There are also holding pens with the baby alligators and crocodiles, and those were really cute.  We also got to be there for "feeding time" where one of the workers stood on a pier and fed the crocodiles chicken parts.  It was very exciting!  She would hold a piece high in the air and make the crocodiles jump to get it, and snap their jaws with a very impressive sound!  They have the most powerful snap of any animal on Earth.  My sister, Michelle, took some pictures, but I have yet to collect them from her, so I'll have to post them later.  After Gatorama, we went back to my grandparent's house and had a nice dinner, made by my grandma.  Then, the city of Lake Placid was having a Halloween fair on the high school's football field, so we headed over there and had some fun visiting the booths, seeing the costumes, and getting candy.  Unfortunately, Grandma ran over a screw in the parking lot and got a flat tire, but fortunately, Jason and Michelle were able to swap out the punctured tire for the spare!  On Sunday, we went to church with my grandparents, and had a nice after-church supper.  The girls played in the sandbox that my grandparents have in their backyard, and also got to decorate a pumpkin with little spiky decorations (think like a Mr. Potato head)  Then we all headed back to Orlando.  On the way back, we stopped at the Red Lobster to visit briefly with mine and Michelle's cousin, Amanda, who works there.  She was happy to see us!  We didn't stay there for dinner, though, because the kids were super hyper, and having been restaurant servers ourselves, Jason and I didn't want to inflict that kind of pain on my cousin!  So, we headed out of town, looking at the restaurants along the way.  On the way into town, the previous day, we had noticed that there were A LOT of little dive BBQ restaurants... Big Daddy's BBQ, Sonny's BBQ, Woody's BBQ, etc.  Lizzy was especially excited about "Woody's BBQ," since it sounded like Toy Story.  So, continuing on with the story, as we're driving down the street on the way back to Orlando, I was suggesting restaurants that I saw by the side of the road.  Jason, having been on a mission to Taiwan, really doesn't like Americanized Chinese food, so jokingly, I called out, "ooh, look, "Chinese Buffet!"  Lizzy, from the back seat, cries out, "VETO!  How about Woody's BBQ?"  We all laughed and laughed... we couldn't believe she remembered Woody's BBQ from the day before, with just a passing mention.


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