The hard sell

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today we were provided with a 'free' breakfast and a $20
airboat ride for the six of us. The catch? We had to sit through a timeshare
‘information session’ and then endure a high pressure sales pitch. For some
reason, they targeted Brad and Michelle – I would have thought that Deb and I
would have been a good target, having already purchased into a time share. They
did seem to be impressed with the Disney Vacation Club – which was reassuring
for us. So, a meal that had
started at 9:00, wound up with the high pressure sales pitch and our eventual
escape at about midday. We all needed a break after that, and so while Brad and
Patrick went shopping for headphones, Michelle and Caitlin stayed back at the
room we went to get Deborah some medicine from the Walgreen’s, - then we found
a neat little cheese shop which sold us some delicious rolls for lunch.  Meeting up back at the room, we went to
claim our cheap airboat ride.  A
short drive later (Weston is surrounded by Everglades on most sides,  we arrived at the airboat and gator
wrestling sanctuary – home of the Gator Boys -  pay television show which surprisingly Patrick had seen a
couple of episodes of. There was a brief gator wrangling show, where the
on-duty gator boy  did a neat ‘face
off with a large alligator. When the show finished, we could get pictures
holding an alligator (5$) which we all declined. Once we had boarded the boat,
we did a couple of fast 1km runs in it – and then we looked at a range of bird
life and some wild alligators. Our captain (Captain Jodie) was very
entertaining and could handle the airboat with a great deal of skill. We
decided to finish off the day with a meal at Ruby Tuesday – which we all
enjoyed – even though there was far too much food for us to finish. 

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