First up, another collage from our visit to Universal Studios. Along with the greatest theme-park-within-a-theme-park ever, they had a superhero island (with the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster, which Jeff tried to go on three times, but every time he got close to the front of the line, a thunderstorm would roll in and the ride would be shut down - bummer), Jurassic Park (we went on a river adventure ride there...did you know some dinosaurs can swim?), Seuss Landing (we rode several rides as they were pretty tame - just my speed at that point), and Toon Lagoon, which was full of comic strip characters.
I must have been missing Paco, as I took several pictures of the dogs. Oh, and how do you like Marmaduke taking Jeff for a
walk drag? We had to go on the One Fish Two Fish ride - one of my favorite books from childhood! And the cartoon thought bubbles were pretty clever, but I needed a stepstool to make it look like a little more authentic!
This was Ripsaw Falls in Toon Town - home of Dudley Do-right. Jeff went on it while I stood on a bridge to take pictures - they are all funny, but I love the one in the bottom left...this was after the big splash, and the three people in the middle must have been related, as they were all doing the same thing with their hands at the same time! Jeff is in the very back.
The morning after our theme park adventure, we got up and drove from Orlando to Punta Gorda, which is where my uncle lives. He recommended a certain highway for the scenery, so we took it. Big mistake - we had to go through every little town (and there were a lot of them), and got to stop at many, many traffic lights in each town. It was taking forever - well, longer than we wanted it to, anyway. We finally hit a stretch of road where we got to see the scenery. Guess what it was? Cows. I think my uncle forgot that we live in Texas, where this is an everyday view for us! Only thing different was that there would be an occasional palm tree among the cows. Needless to say, we were OVER that drive well before it was actually over.
Punta Gorda was really pretty. And very sea-centric. I got a kick out of some mailboxes on the street near my uncle's house, so naturally I had to take pictures to share:
Not sure which one made me laugh more, the kneeling manatee, praying for mail, or the happy dolphin...the seahorse just looked startled and confused ("what is this thing and why am I holding it?").We walked along some waterway where the first white man died in America, according to the historical marker there (May 24, 1513, in case you were wondering):
There were bushes full of sea grapes - lovely to look at, but not particularly tasty, as my uncle discovered when he tried one.
We had dinner at a restaurant on the water - not a great meal, but you couldn't beat the view:
I still have one more place to show you, but I'll save that for next week (read, there's another slide carousel coming, haha).
Have a great weekend - we'll be running a 10K race, and hopefully my aching backside will cooperate. I'm looking forward to seeing my running club peeps again!