Nov 25, 2011
|Destination # 58: Kissimmee, Florida
Mileage: 80 miles (from Jacksonville, FL)
Arrive: Friday, November 25, 2011
Depart: Friday, December 2, 2011
• Friday, November 25
It’s a nice short drive to Kissimmee today. The light attendance at the car show yesterday was apparently not indicative of a trend. As we are leaving Daytona, every road into the city is plugged solid for miles with vehicles on their way, undoubtedly, to the Turkey Run. Rob clearly picked the right day to go and may go again on Sunday, hopefully another quieter day.
We are staying at the Mill Creek RV Resort in Kissimmee for the next week and thinking we will take time to do a little golfing and sit around the pool for a few days.
• Saturday, November 26
Launch day! The Atlas Rocket is scheduled to blast off for Mars at 10:02 this morning, taking with it the latest Mars Rover, nicknamed Curiosity. Cape Canaveral is about 50 miles from here and we are in plenty of time to position ourselves in one of the open spaces beside the Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach parkway, along with hundreds of other onlookers. At precisely 10:02 am, there is lift off and we are watching history in motion. It is such an amazing thrill to be here in person for this. Again – timing is everything!
• Sunday, November 27
It’s the Turkey Run Car Show for Rob and laundry for me (just call me Cinderella). Actually, I think I got the better of this deal. I’ve seen enough collector cars on this trip to last me for a little while (or ever). The show is extremely busy again today and Rob arrives home tired but happy that he’s had the chance to be a part of this iconic event.
As luck would have it we have neighbours from Winnipeg staying just a few steps away and they have invited us to watch the Grey Cup on their satellite TV. Thanks for the invite Henry and Angele Friesen and for the very enjoyable evening getting to know one another. Sorry B.C. won the game (NOT!). Have a safe trip home for Christmas. Maybe we will run into each other again once you are back in Florida in January.
• Monday, November 28
Golf is on our agenda for today at the Kissimmee Golf Club. It’s hot again today but calling for rain later in the day. Unfortunately, the “later in the day” happens to fall, along with the deluge, just as we are teeing off on the 8th hole. We are a sorry, soggy mess by the time we make our way back to the clubhouse. Everything is absolutely drenched. I guess this means our sun tanning session at the pool is out of the question now too.
• Tuesday, November 29
It cooler today and somewhat cloudy but the rain is apparently over for now. The cool down dominates the local news and is referred to as being “Winter like” because it’s only going up to 70 today. What a hoot! We’re going to ignore the harsh conditions and go golfing again just to show these Floridians how hardy we Canadians are.
I got a pretty good haircut this morning. It’s always nerve wracking to walk into a place and put your hair into the hands of someone about which you know nothing. It’s very much like a box of chocolates, as Forest Gump would say. You never know what you are going to get. Thanks Ivan for making this a good hair day for me.
Golf is interesting today. I’m thinking of naming this segment “There’s an Alligator in Our Water Hazard”. In the midst of retrieving an errant ball from a fairly large water hazard on the 8th hole and kind of joking about the possibility of an alligator leaping out at us (Rob mainly as he is the one with the ball retriever in hand), we realize there is actually a 10 foot alligator sunning himself (or herself, but we didn’t turn him over to find out) about 100 feet away on the edge of this same body of water. Protocol aside, whatever that might be in this kind of situation, we move our golf balls so as to give the beast a very wide berth, and finish playing the hole. Unfortunately, we find ourselves without our camera, actually a rare occurrence for us. Lesson learned, we won’t make that mistake again.
We’ve met some people here in the park from Nanaimo, Carol Ann and David Faith. They are only here for the one day so we spend the evening together getting to know each other a little bit and talking about our respective trips. Safe travels you guys!
• Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, December 1
We spend our last two days in Kissimmee at the golf course and are happy to see our friend, the alligator, on the 8th hole again, clearly his adopted home. Rob spots him in the water and is lucky enough to get a picture this time. We also get some pictures of some other golf course inhabitants meandering throughout, graciously tolerating us interlopers. Thanks for sharing the habitat guys!