Courtyard By Marriott Melbourne West
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Treated ourselves to a bit of a lie on this morning after our long drive yesterday. Set off for Franny's about 11am. Melbourne is near Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida, about 65 miles from Orlando. Fran and Dave moved down from NJ about 7 years ago and they have a very nice home and life down here.
They had had a massive July 4th party at the house the night before which we were too late up from Miami to go to really, so ...
... morning because I got talking with a nice lady at breakfast, so we had an anxious trek to Port Canaveral to return our Dollar Rent-a-car. I wasn't happy with the car because after the initial perfume smell wore off, the car wreaked of smoke! YUCK!
We had to ride the free shuttle to the port TWICE! Don shoved our black passport holder between the seats and I didn't see it when I got everything out of the car when he went into ...
... of us and will be our waiter for the 3 nights we are on the ship. He enjoyed the little ones and made a mouse out of a napkin and was playing with the kids showing them how the mouse would move. He left the "napkin mouse" with King Charles and Jake. The kids enjoyed that. Charles read a letter from Sister and as you can imagine, some of it was really funny. She is not abdicating her spot as "Boss"' however.
... paradise. They blindfolded me and swore me to secrecy before they took me there, so I can’t tell you where it’s actually located, but there is wide open green space and it feels like you’ve stepped onto another planet. The facility is owned by a self-made billionaire with an interest in conservation and wild animals (breeding them, not shooting them).
Rum Creek Ranch has 40 (that is not a typo, it’s forty) pygmy hippos. Take my word for it, ...
... the enormous jarring and shuddering at take off and when the rocket part was ejected culminates in total silence as you enter space and the top opens to reveal the stars and earth below. We dropped our trusty car back at the depot after visiting a supermarket for water and other supplies. As the depot was closed we had to catch a short cab ride back to the ship. As we arrived the heavens opened and we had an enormous downpour, so we ended up reboarding the ship as drowned ...