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March 31, 2001
On Saturday the 3rd Mom, Dad, and
went to Congo River Putt-Putt Golf. Mom won. She always
Spring Break Vacation
I was off for spring break from March 10th
to March 18th. Dad wanted to go to the Everglades for
vacation. On Saturday the 10th we drove to Miami and we went
to Lion Country Safari. At Lion Country Safari you drive your
car right next to the animals. They aren't in cages. We
had to rent a van there because we had mom's convertible and we
couldn't take it in with the animals. It was so neat.
First we went through some gates and there were animals
everywhere. We saw lions, different types of deer, rhinos,
monkeys, and lots more. Then we went to the park part. We
went into a bird room and fed the animals at the petting zoo.
Then we drove to our hotel. We stayed in Homestead,
Florida, right outside of the Everglades. We went to a seafood
restaurant and Mom ordered crab-cakes and onion soup. Mom
loved the crab-cakes!
The next day, Sunday, we packed up and
headed to Flamingo, which is in the everglades. We made little
stops for hikes and sightings along the
The first stop was at Anhinga Trail where we
took the Anhinga Amble walk. It had a guide and we saw alligators, birds, and lots of fish.
We saw birds at Anhinga Trail fishing.
They would dive underwater and sometimes come up with a fish.
We stoped at three other spots on the way to Flamingo to take
hikes. At the last stop we were supposed to see the biggest
Mahogany tree in the U.S., but the trail was blocked because the
boards on the boardwalk were broken so we didn't get to see
Finally we got to Flamingo. Our hotel
room wasn't ready so we decided to look around. We went into a
shop and came out with sodas and ice cream. We relaxed on a
bench and ate. We got back to the hotel and sat bored in the
car while we waited for the room to be ready. Then we went on
a boat tour. The tour was 2 hours long. Besides me
getting to drive the boat, it was pretty boring.
After dinner we went to a program where a
ranger and his wife sang songs to tell you to save the
everglades. They sang pretty well. During the
performance I had the company of a scorpion sitting on the bench next to me! Mom freaked! After that Mom
took a hot bath and read her book while Dad and
I went star-gazing. We spotted the little dipper and maybe a
planet or two. But most exciting was the shooting star!
The next day (Monday) after breakfast we headed to
Shark Valley. At Shark Valley you can take a 2 hour
tram ride that also goes to a tower. In every single pond
we passed on the tram we saw an alligator. Climbing up the
tower was very steep but at the top when you look down there were so
many alligators it reminded us of when we went to Gatorland.
After we left Shark Valley we went on an
airboat ride. The airboat was so loud they had cotton
balls to put in your ears! On our ride to the "indian village"
(what a rip-off) an alligator jumped up in front of the boat and
we ran over top of him! He made a thump when to boat went over
him. I felt bad for him but Dad said he thought the alligator
would have sunk into the swamp and would be OK but he might
have a concussion.
Then we drove to Everglades City. We
stayed at a bed and breakfast called "On The Banks of the
Everglades". The building used to be a bank. It was
neat. It still had the bank vault that you could walk
in. Dad and I went bike riding and played on the playground
for a little while. That night after dinner we played jenga in
the family room and then went for ice cream. The next morning
they served us a really tasty breakfast.
Here is a map showing where we went in the everglades. The red is the first
day, the blue is the second.
Tuesday morning after breakfast we drove to
Pass-a-Grill beach. James and Jody had rented an apartment for
the week and we spent the night with them. It rained all day
so we didn't go to the beach but that night it stopped raining so we
went fishing. I caught 1 fish. Mom caught a
stingray! James wasn't very happy about it because he had to
remove the hook.
The next morning (Wed) we meet Grandma and
Poppop. Mom and Dad dropped me off and they went to Biloxi for
two days. Grandma, Poppop and I went to visit Uncle Wood that afternoon. While
grandma went to work me and Poppop went to the movies to see
"See Spot Run" and I saw the preview for the Harry Potter
On Thursday the 22nd, my gifted class took a
field trip to the folk art museum. We saw lots of neat stuff
like a robot made out of motherboards from computers. The
first two hours before the museum opened we got to stay outside and climb trees and play. We also learned the history
of the museum.
Girl Scout Campout
My girl scout troop went to camp-o-ree on
Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 25th. Our troop and the brownie
troop got to do the opening ceremony. I was one of the color
guards - I guarded the person holding the American flag. Since
there was a burning ban because Florida is in a drought, we weren't allowed to have a fire and we had to cook
everything over charcol.
Garage Sale and Birthday Party
Saturday the 31st was the annual Waterford
Lakes garage sale. Grandma and PoPpop came up on Friday night
for it, and they brought their new dog, Taz. Reindeer didn't
know what to make of the little dog but finally they got along a little bit.
I only garage saled for a couple hours because I went to Chelesea
Hickey's 10th birthday party. She had a moon bounce room
and we bounced in it all day and it was really fun. I think
she really liked my present. It was a gift certificate from
Barnes and Nobels.
Valencia Dance Show
That night after grandma and poppop went
home, Mom, Dad, and I played some of the games we got at the garage sale. After that we went to see a
dance show at Valencia. There were three different acts, ballet dancers, salsa dancers, and
swing dancers. I liked the swing dancers the