Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Flordia Trip - Day 2

On Saturday, the second day we were in Florida, we went to the Everglades Alligator Farm. There we saw alligators (or course), snakes, huge rodents, and a Florida Cougar who had his eyes on an iguana.

Troy and I in front of "grow out" pens. This is where the alligators stay to grow until they are a good size. Alligators grow about a foot a year.

Jackson was very curious about this alligator. Troy was a brave man to hold this alligator...I never knew I had a fear of alligators until he said I should hold it. I couldn't do it! The thought made me sick to my stomach!

For those Princess Bride fans out there...R.O.U.S- Rodents of unusual size....they really do exist!!! This is the largest species of rodent in the world. Its is called a Capybara. They average about 100 lbs in weight and they look like huge hamsters!

Robyn got the opportunity (well, actually David volunteered her) to hold a Green Burmese Python. David also held a small snake!
After working up an appetite at the alligator farm, we all met at Cracker Barrel for Lunch. Yum!
After lunch, we headed towards the Keys!
We stopped just past Key Largo to step in the water. This beach was beautiful! Jackson even got to experience the water of the Gulf of Mexico!

After driving past Key Largo, we just kept going! It was so breathtaking to drive over the ocean at sunset.

We stopped in Marathon at a restaurant called The Island to get a Key Lime Pie. It was a good pie and good company, and a perfect temperature (in the 70's). Ironically, the Packers game was on in the bar and it was snowing there!

After eating the pie, we headed home. What a full day that was! Stay tuned...tomorrow will bring a review of days 3 & 4!


April said...

I'm glad you all had a great time. We missed you at church and look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

FYI, I am familiar with Capybara's. Though I have not had the pleasure of seeing one in real life, I have seen pictures. They are super cute animals even though they are rodents. I have tried to get a children's book about these rodents from the library for a while now, entitled Cappyboppy. Thanks for the reminder.

Life with Littles said...

Troy sure is brave;)almost as brave as "steve the snake guy"