Gators & *trumpets* "Medieval Times"!

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Today was another unplanned day so we got to have a little sleep in again.

I really wanted to do a swamp tour so we could see some alligators so that was on the agenda.

We had breakfast at "iHop" which is a "Pancake Parlour" type place. I had crepes with cream cheese, strawberries and bananas. Stu had choc-chip pancakes with chocolate batter. Mine were very sweet and I only managed to eat one out of two.

After looking at a thousand different swamp tour places in our guides we picked up from the hotel, we decided on "Airboat Rides at Boggy Creek". The place is in Kissimmee, about half an hour from where we are staying.

Once we got there we choose the half hour tour. While we were waiting we saw some very friendly goats that appreciated Stu's scratches and pats, and saw a bunch of young alligators in a pen.

The tour was very windy and noisy (luckily we had earmuffs on) but it was very cool. We were in the Central Florida Everglades and they stretched our far and wide. I don't remember how many acres the tour guide said they were, but it was a lot. The water was 3.5 metres deep in some parts. We saw cows enjoying some swamp food, deer, lots of birds and of course alligators! Well we only saw one but they're very good at ducking under the water real quick when the boat zooms by. The one we saw was about a metre and a half long.

When we got back we got to hold a 2-year-old alligator called "Poseidon". It was so cute! The skin was cold and felt like soft snake skin. Alligators have 82 teeth, grow to 4.5 metres long and can get as old as 60-70 years.

When we left, we headed to a McDonald's (first time during the trip, I had been trying to avoid it!). This McDonald's had the world's biggest play centre in it. It was massive and the ordering system was strange. Stu made the big mistake of ordering a large...I ordered a small which is probably the size of a medium in Australia.

Afterwards we saw some more shopping outlets and visited the "Florida Mall". Once you've seen one lot of shops though, you've seen them all.

At 7pm it was "Medieval Times" fun time! We got our tickets and waited at the bar for the show to start. Once we were let inside the arena we were put in the blue section. We would be cheering for the blue knight in the games and joust competition. The benches and tables are placed on either side of a big, sandy arena where horses and knights come out and perform a show. It's dinner and a show. A bit like "Dracula's" in Australia. Minus the singing and lame jokes.

Unfortunately our knight didn't win but the food was top notch. You eat everything with your hands (because in medieval times there was no cutlery!) and it's a set menu. We had: tomato bisque, garlic bread, roast chicken, spare rib, a potato and an apple pastry dessert. I was VERY full!

Tomorrow is our last day in Orlando before we fly up to Philadelphia. We'll be spending it seeing the rest of Universal Studios (HARRY POTTER!!!)

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