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Today is the first day of the 2014 Gilbert Family Reunion. Charles and I, along with Tricia and Trey, are leaving from The Villages headed to Port Canaveral to get on the ship. Yep, I am getting on a ship. Could be interesting cause I don't do boats. I know, I know, it is NOT a boat. However, it floats on water and you know the old saying "Whatever Floats Your Boat".
Before we leave, we need to return the golf cart to the rental place and then we are ...
... 8217;s right, over the course of the next 12 months I will become the proud owner of more than 3500 pygmy hippo dung samples. OK, I admit that this "adventure" sounds slightly less sexy and challenging than working with wild animals in the West African jungle. However, working in a place that has electricity, running water, cell phone reception, grocery stores and tarred roads does make life quite a bit easier. But let’s start at the beginning.
A left Perth on ...
... beaten track a little bit and found this great beach house right on it's own private and quiet bit of beach in Melbourne (on the barrier islands)! What a great spot and a great host! The unit was a two bedroom place under the main living quarters of Bob, the host. You will see from the photos what an amazing location it was. Bob was a great guy - a farmer originally from Oklahoma, just making a start in Florida with ...
... they had stuffed which was awesome, it was like a museum of animals! There were animals like hogs, alligators and even a Bald Eagle!
We then went to see an IMAX movie which was about the creation of the International Space Station that they made in space. They had to build each individual piece on earth, in different parts of the world, like Russia and Florida. Then they sent the pieces up in space ...
... an extended bit of bumper to bumper slogging, we got word that the launch was being delayed again. Not wanting to waste the entire drive, we decided to stop at a barbecue place along the road to sample the local cuisine....
While driving back, but still near the Cape, we passed a semi-mobile BBQ stand, and it looked too good to pass up, so we pulled over and feasted on some slow cooked beef and ribs.
Back on the road again, headed for ...