Thursday, 26 February 2015


Right after Christmas this past year, we took a vacation to Florida.  We stayed at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, went swimming, did a little hiking, and went to Sea World.  Pretty much every week since we've gotten home Eden has said, "We should go back to Florida and Sea World!"

Z loved the bamboo growing all around the grounds of the hotel.

The hotel is at the source of Shingle Creek, which waters the Everglades.

There were beautiful birds everywhere.

Trying on glasses in the gift store.

Get on the sun screen -- it's warm out there!

Eden really did have fun, even though it doesn't look like it in this picture!

At Sea World you could just reach in and pet the stingrays.  Cool!

Same thing with the dolphins, but only Nathan managed to do it.

Watching the dolphins underwater.

The dolphin show was Eden's favorite.  It was pretty amazing.

Z absolutely insisted on sitting in the Soak Zone.

The dolphin show.

This is the Orca show where we really did get soaked!  Z and Nathan are doing the move that tells the Orcas to splash the crowd with their tails.  Those tails can really send the water flying!  Eden was not as happy about this show.

Z loved it!

All of us soaked by the Orcas!

And Z posing with one afterwards.

Eden and I went on a little train ride.

And Z had fun at the bubble machine.

Z was the only one of us willing to go on this vomit-inducing ride.  I'm not sure he enjoyed it much, but he did keep his lunch down.

Eden had a penny pressed with the picture of a mannitee.  Here she's showing it off beside the real mannitees.

Fun times!

Just as we were leaving the park, we walked past a man and woman carrying a huge, blue stuffed penguin.  Eden said, "Wow, look at the penguin!"  And I said, "Yeah, that's a big one!"  We went to put the stroller away and just as we were leaving the man came running up and said to Eden, "Would you like the penguin?"  She was too stunned to say anything, but once she realized he was really giving it to her, she was absolutely thrilled!  I imagine he won the penguin at one of the games and was just as happy to get rid of it!  He certainly made Eden's day!

Eden with her penguin on the bus back to the hotel.

After Eden was given the penguin, Z felt a little sorry for himself.  A very kind young women observed this and gave him this necklace, which made his day!  People can be so nice.

The penguin was the center of a wrestling match that night.  He took a bit of a beating.

And then acted as pillow for TV time.


MOM said...

Wonderful review of the Florida trip. Did you bring the Penguin home. I don't remember it.

The Hitchcocks said...

No, we had to leave it there -- it was too big. We left it with a note (signed by Eden) asking the housekeepers to give it to one of their kids, or a kid they knew who would like it.