Florida, USA

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
Trip End Jun 21, 2008

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Orange Lake West Resort

Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, June 9, 2008

To simply this blog, I am breaking our journey into three segments. 

The first part of our journey began with a start time of 5:00 and a 19 hour drive from Texas to Florida.  (A special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Thome for the use of their vehicle.  My car would have been the misery of a lifetime for a trip like this!)  Anyway,  my friend Debbie lived and taught with me for 4 years before her husband's job moved them to Jacksonville, Florida.   In Florida, we stayed with her and her kids,  Leighton and Taylor.  As a group, mainly Taylor, we decided that we couldn't wait to get to Orlando to stay at a condo, compliments of Barbara and Shelley Solow, so only after one nights stay we hit the road again. 

We arrived at Orange Lake West Resort on Tuesday evening.   It was really nice.  It had a lazy river, nice pool with slide, game room, and an internet cafe.  Also, there were little shops and restaurants that were pretty awesome, too.  On Wednesday, we relaxed and swam at the pool.  It was very nice NOT to be in the car all day.   While everyone else was taking mid afternoon naps, I jumped back into the car for a quick trip to the airport to pick up ma mere.  Our ability to have fun must be world renown if she would fly to Orlando to stay in a condo with every bed and floor space taken!  

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we wished upon our stars and visited the most magical place on earth.  Having our 3 day hopper no expiration passes in hand we went to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  It was a little hot but not intolerable.  It rained one day but no lighting.  No reservations at restuarants availible but little snack stands were perfect.  Overall I think the visit was wonderful. 

We ended our visit on Sunday morning with a few tears, not from the boys of course, but happy that we had some time.  I'd say it was worth every minute of the 19 hours to see a good friend! 
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