Day 1: Tuesday-
left home at and
drove from Grand Rapids, MI to Detroit Metro.
Mom took a slight wrong turn but we made it to the airport and boarded
the plane just in the nick of time. I
sat by the window and the airline people brought us soda and cookies. It was really hot outside when we arrived in
Day 2: Wednesday –
Wishes do come true! We woke up early to head out to Discovery Cove. This place was really neat. We got our pictures taken for our nametags we wore around our necks. We had a guide show us around and got us all situated. We picked out our wetsuits or vests and went for a swim. We had snorkels and goggles so we could see under water. It was so cool to see the fish and stingrays in the coral reef. We even go to keep our snorkels and take them home. At noon, we had lunch, which was included in our day at Discovery Cove. I had my favorite. Macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders. After lunch, we played in the water some more before heading over to my dolphin interaction. This was what I had been so excited to do. The water in the dolphin area was really cold and salty. The dolphins name was “Dot” she was friendly and let me give her a kiss and hug. She felt like rubber. She turned over and showed her belly and it was all white. She even has a belly button. The coolest part was when I got to hold onto her fin and she pulled me through the water. When it was time for Dot to go the instructor showed us how to say goodbye and Dot stood straight up and squeaked and waved goodbye back. After my dolphin swim, I went and checked out the cabanas where we saw and owl and a parrot. I went to the stingray area and saw stingrays everywhere. It was a big, fun filled day that I do not think I will ever forget. When we left Discovery Cove, we went back to our townhome and Mom made tater-tot casserole for dinner. I loved the big dining room table because we all got to sit together and have dinner.
Day 3: Thursday –
Today we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa. This place is Big! We ate a small lunch at the café in the park and then went off to enjoy our day. We rode all the water rides and I even went on the Sheikra roller coaster. I even got my stepdad and my stepsister to on it with me. My stepdad almost tossed his cookies. (haha) we rode the sky rail through the park and saw all kinds of animals, like elephants, antelope, zebras, lions, tigers and even a white tiger. There was a show in the middle of the park with these people on stilts dressed up in costumes. This was really neat too. After our day at Busch Gardens, we went back to the townhome and made chicken patties and mac- n- cheese for dinner.
Day 4: Friday -October 9, 2009
we slept in. We took it easy and went to
Indian Rocks Beach for the day. The sand
was white and the ocean water was so warm.
It was like being in a bath but the water was really salty. We brought sand toys and played in the sand
too. Traffic coming back from Tampa was
really backed up so we wound up stopping at a
Day 5: Saturday-
we went to downtown
Day 6: Sunday-
Today we went to Sea World and watched the Shamu “Believe” show. After the show, we took the shuttle over to Aquatica. We spent our day there playing in the tide pool and going on the water slides until the park closed at pm. Then we took the shuttle back to Sea World where my little sister and my stepsister and I went for a ride on the “Manta” roller coaster. That was awesome!!! We went through the aquarium and saw cool fish and more giant stingrays. We even got touch some stingrays and they were really slimy. We went to the “Shamu Rocks” show at night and got soaked! That was fun too. On our way out of Shamus stadium, we were given “trick or treat” bags and were able to trick or treat through the park on our way out. Our bags were filled with candy by the time we got to the exit.
Day 7: Monday-
our last full day, we spent the morning getting everything washed and
cleaned. In the afternoon, we went to
some discount shops in Kissimmee and back to downtown
Had to wake up really early to load up the van, do some last minute touchup to the town home and eat some breakfast. We arrived at the Orlando International airport at for our 10:20 flight back to Detroit metro. We arrived in Detroit around and boy was it coooold! From there, we drove back home to Grand Rapids where I could not wait to tell my friends about my wish come true.