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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

So it has taken me over a month to sit down and write this post. It shouldn’t have taken me this long but sadly due to my MS after I returned from Orlando my MS decided to make itself noticed and I have just started feeling able to sit down and write a post. I’m lucky with my MS as I don’t have as many issues as other MS suffers do but when it does show it’s ugly head it takes me a while to get back to being human.

Anyway, I am back from Orlando and had a wonderful time. We came, we saw, we cast spells and had a wonderful time. I went with my nephew Josh and we flew out to Orlando on February 6 and landed in Orlando around 4:30. We live in Oklahoma so we flew out of Tulsa. That is not an easy airport to fly out of for those curious. We flew American which flew us to Dallas then to Orlando. The interesting thing about the flight was that we were told there would be a 51 minute layover in Dallas. Turns out..not true at all. We landed a few minutes early actually. We grabbed our bags and went looking for our gate. The gate of course was in a completely different section of the airport and required us to take the Skylink, which is a speed train that shoots you to the terminal you need to go to (I was reminded of the train from The Hunger Games). We found our gate and our plane was boarding! Where the heck was the layover? I wasn’t terribly sad but gee I wouldn’t have minded 10 minutes. So off to Orlando we go..it was a 2 hr flight and I had time to watch a movie from the many selections American offers. I was actually glad I was able to watch their movie and not use my devices..save the battery right?

We touched down in Orlando to a lovely sunny day. After deboarding the plane and realizing we were actually here we started looking for the Universal Travel desk where we had to pick up our Travel Pack that was full of all our tickets for the park. At one point I remember wishing I had wheels on my shoes because we walked forever to get to the Travel Desk. Once we finally located the desk it was empty (thankfully) and we meet a very helpful Universal employee named Cheryl (great name) who gave us so much information about the park I couldn’t wait to get started. We waited for our shuttle that would take us to our hotel and shortly we were off to start our Unviersal adventure.

I had family from Texas that was also visiting Universal at the same time so once we arrived at the hotel and planned on meeting up with them. They were already in the park riding rides so we were going to meet up with them later. Josh and I were ready for a bit of a rest and we wanted to checkout the features of our room. We were staying at Universal’s Aventura Resort; this is an on-site hotel. The hotel was very clean, has a huge selection of bars and restraurants. The rooms come with iPads that control the entire room..from the lights to the air to the tv. It was really cool to play with the lights and use the iPad to control the TV. We didn’t watch much TV but did turn it on a few times to play with it. Not to mention you can use the iPad to get online and surf the web as needed even order food to your room if desired. I was very impressed with the hotel.

It was getting close to dinner time so Josh and I left the hotel and headed to City Walk. We were told we could take the Water Taxi’s to City Walk. We had to talk to a nearby hotel to board the taxi but it was worth it. They became our favorite way to get back and forth from City Walk to our hotel. The hotel supplies a bus about every 15 minutes but we really enjoyed the taxi. The sun was setting the weather was perfect. A person couldn’t ask for a better setting to take a water taxi ride in.

Our park tickets didn’t start until the 7th so we could only get into City Walk which is where we decided to go for dinner. There was so much to chose from we settled on eating at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. It is actually one of our favorite places to eat when we are traveling so we knew the food would be good and who doesn’t love Bubba Gump? My Aunt and cousin found us for dinner and joined us. We had a great waiter, food and an enjoyable time. After dinner we were all ready to head back to the hotel and get ready for our first full day at the park.

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Universal Studios here I come!

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In 3 days time I will be boarding a plane with my nephew and we will be flying off to Orlando, Florida for 3 days at Universal Studios Orlando. I am so excited I feel like a 12 year old.

I have wanted to plan another trip after South Padre I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go. While I was visiting family in Texas in July they mentioned they were planning on going to Orlando and I should join them. I jumped on the chance. I usually am not able to go but this year I had money invested in my blog for traveling so I made the decision to do it. I mentioned to Josh about going and he was all for it and once we realized we could visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter there was no stopping us.

I was unsure of wher to start, what hotels to pick or even what park tickets I needed to buy. I hopped onto a Facebook travel group I am on and found the most wonderful travel agent who has put this trip together for us. She has made this entire trip stress free. Big hugs to Julie at Pixie & Pirate Destinations for making all of this happen. I now need to decide what I am taking with me to Florida and get ready to fly out on Wednesday. I am crossing my fingers that we have no airport issues and we arrive in Florida ready for our fun filled holiday.

In the package that I bought through Julie I was able to get 2 breakfasts one at The Leaky Cauldron and one at The Three Broomsticks. Then after breakfast we are off to Shutterbuttons and will have our pictures taken in a scene from one of the Harry Potter movies. I have never been to Universal, I went to Disneyland when I was 2 1/2 but seriously have no memory of being there just photos and a Mickey Mouse hat that I have stored away. Universal is perfect for me as I am such a movie hound and I get to be super geeky for 3 days. I can’t wait.

I will be posting as much as I can on my Instagram and Facebook. I’m not sure if I will do a write up at the park and when I get back or just wait until I get back. I think it will depend on how much time I have. I am so excited!

 

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A Special Story for all ages

If you haven’t read the story of Guy the Beagle you are missing out on a sweet story of how a rescue dog went from shelter, to Hollywood to Buckingham Palace.

Guy the Beagle was lost in the woods of Kentucky until he was found and placed in a local shelter which was a kill shelter. The shelter was in Montgomery County in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. The shelter reached out to another shelter A Dog’s Dream Rescue in the hopes Guy could be adopted out to a forever home.

Lucky for Guy his picture was found on Petfinder by Meghan Markle who contacted the rescue to inquire about the sweet beagle she had found online. A Dog’s Dream Rescue emailed Meghan an adoption application and returned to the rescue within 10 minutes. The rescue had never had such a quick response before. Meghan knew this was the dog for her and that he would fit in with her lifestyle perfectly. Once Meghan and Guy met each other there was no doubt the two were meant to be together.

It wasn’t until a bit later that things really started to turn around for Guy. Meghan started dating someone called Harry who happened to live in London. As things turned out this someone was no other than Prince Harry of England and he had proposed to Meghan and now they would be moving to England and going to live a whole new lifestyle.

Meghan has come together with authors Camille March, Michael Brummell and illustrator EG Keller and put together a wonderful story of His Royal Dogness, Guy The Beagle . The story takes the reader on a ride of Guy being rescued from Kentucky to living with Meghan in Hollywood and then moving to London and learning to be Royal. This cute story is one we all can relate to as a fish out of water story and understanding not fitting in. But it just takes one person to make us feel like we belong. For Guy who wasn’t sure if he would fit in with The Queen’s corgi’s was made to feel right at home by Queen Elizabeth herself. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to share it with my niece. This is a story that will never get old.

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Stocking Stuffer for Animal Lovers

I was sent a wonderful little book from Ben Bella, Inc. about Homer “the Blind Wonder Cat” by Gwen Cooper. I am always a sucker for animal stories and I was prepared for a heartbreaking story about a blind cat and his struggle through life. What I got was a wonderful tale of a lively cat, Homer who despite not being born blind still lives a full life with his humans and other cats around him.

Homer, returns in this Holiday story as a tale filled with cheer. Fifteen years earlier, doctors had given Homer’s family that he was unlikely to survive and wouldn’t have much of a life due to being a tiny, sightless kitten. Through the miracle that is animals Homer grew into a functioning cat that had no trouble climbing seven foot bookshelves, saved his human mom’s life by chasing a late-night burglar from their apartment. Over the years Homer has risen to global fame and paving the way for other special needs animals who like him were considered “unadoptable”.

The story begins with two weeks before Christmas and Homer has once again been given grave news, he may not even make it to Christmas. This cat cannot be counted out. Homer once again goes against what tests are showing and lives his life the way he wants. To me this is what makes animals so great and this type of determination is what makes Christmas so endearing. I recommend this story to all pet owners. It doesn’t matter if you like dogs more than cats, pigs more than sheep. This is a heart touching story and it makes you believe that if this little blind cat can do all of the miraculous things he does then why not give other animals the same chance? This touching Christmas story has highs and lows that come with owning any pet. Homer defies the odds given to him and lives on his own terms.

Homer and The Holiday Miracle can be found on Amazon Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Million, and other independent bookstores and gift stores nationwide or subscribe to Gwen Cooper Cat Tales

Homer is a wonderful story to put in any animal lovers stocking and share this story of such a inspirational cat.

Homer and the Holiday Miracle is written by Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Homer’s Odyssey, A Fearless Feline Tale; Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat; and My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines, released last week in hardcover by BenBella Books (cover art attached!).  Gwen’s work has been published in more than two-dozen languages, and she donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

Gwen Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat; the novels Love Saves the Day andDiary of a South Beach Party Girl; and the crowd-sourced collection of “cat selfies,” Kittenish (a send-up of Kim Kardashians’ Selfish), 100% of the proceeds from which are donated to support animal rescue in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. Her work has been published in nearly two-dozen languages and territories around the world. She is a frequent speaker at shelters and fundraisers, and donates 10% of her royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to organizations that serve abused, abandoned and disabled animals. Gwen lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her two perfect cats-Clayton the Tripod and his litter-mate, Fanny-who aren’t impressed with any of it. (bio supplied by BenBella Books, Inc. marketing)

 

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It’s a Jolly Holiday Gift Guide-Petlandia

Christmas can be a hectic time for many people and finding gifts for loved ones can at times be trying. What better way to give a gift than to make a personalized gift especially for those pet loving friends and family who enjoy anything with their pets name or picture on it.

Petlandia is a hand-illustrated personalized to the owners pets. The pets photo will be inserted on the cover of the book and throughout the story as will the owners name. The dog or cat can be specific for most breeds. When ordering the book you can even chose the eye color, fur color and if you want the pet to have a collar or not. You can choose from one pet or two depending on who the book in being made for. The story is a fun tale of adventure, fame and home. Any pet owner will love having this book of their furry friend. The book starts out at $30 which in my opinion is a pretty good deal when buying a personalized gift. There are a few extras that will increase the price but not terribly. I was lucky enough to have one of these lovely books sent to me and it is truly adorable and I can’t recommend it enough.

In addition to personalized books you can also have your pet go on an adventure with Grumpy Cat in Petlandia, who does’t love Grumpy Cat?

If a book is not of interest to you then check out the Petlandia selection of mugs, feeding mats, wrapping paper and t-shirts. All personalized to the pet of choice. I have honestly fallen in love with all of their products. I can’t wait to see my girls faces on other products.

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San Antonio here we come..

Day 4 of our trip has us leaving Padre Island and heading to visit my relatives in San Antonio. The last stop before leaving was at Sea Turtle Inc.. We were all quite excited to learn more about one of our favorite animals, sea turtles.

We arrived in time to make the first talk on sea turtles this is called “Turtle Talks” and what we has humans can do to keep them safe in the ocean. It is truly amazing to learn that a simple thing as a straw can do so much damage to turtles and other sea animals. One of the things we quickly learned being on the island was that straws close to the ocean were paper straws and other restaurants didn’t even give straws as they are not friendly to the ocean. During “Turtle Talks” it was explained how the turtles in care at Sea Turtle Inc had come into their care, why they had to be cared for and if they were able to be released back into the ocean. The goal is to rescue the turtle and return them back to the ocean sadly that is not always possible. There are several big tanks that house those turtles that are not able to return to the ocean due to injuries that will not allow them to survive on their own

After the presentation we headed over to where the sea rescued sea turtles are housed. Many of these turtles are happy to be at Sea Turtle Inc they get wonderful care from the care takers at Sea Turtle Inc.

Weights have to put on this turtle to keep him submerged due to shell damage

There is more to see inside the facility on how to care for turtles and other sea life. In a separate out building there were more turtles ; some local turtles, loggerhead turtles and many others all that have been rescued and in rehab to hopefully get better and be returned to the ocean. It is a very educational place to stop and learn for both kids and adults.

After leaving Sea Turtle Inc. we were ready to say good-bye to the island we had quickly fallen in love with and travel onto San Antonio. The drive to San Antonio seemed much faster than the drive to South Padre and thankfully Laura slept from the time we passed a little town called Peggy into San Antonio. I love San Antonio not just because my Aunt and Uncle live there I have come to love all the city has to offer. We didn’t have a lot of plans while in San Antonio but as this was Laura’s first time there I wanted to show her some of the highlights of the city. Once we made it to my Aunt and Uncle’s we were happy to be out of the car and ready to just sit and do nothing, which is not easy to do when you have a 9 year old who has been sleeping for the past 4 hours. Thankfully there are pugs at my aunt and uncle’s to keep her busy. We were all ready to see our beds that night and sleep.

Over the next few days we visited downtown San Antonio, we took a tour through The Alamo and a ride down The Riverwalk. San Antonio is full of so much history it always gives me chills when I visit to think of all the brave men that fought in this city so many years ago. The Riverwalk is equally amazing as many of the apartments on The Riverwalk were once large homes, churches even banks that over time have been converted into living quarters. San Antonio takes great pride in preserving what they have around them.

We didn’t get to make all the stops we had on our list mostly due to time and being a bit worn out and ready to take things easy. I managed to get in a local theater show with my aunt. One of her neighbor’s has a daughter that is in the local theater company and was in the production of Mamma Mia. My aunt bought me a ticket for my birthday to go with her and her friends. We went to dinner before the show at Down On Grayson located in The Pearl District. The food was wonderful and enjoyed by our entire group. After dinner we made our way to the play and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

She was amazed by this waterfall, she was ready to jump in clothes and all

The rest of our weekend was spent primarily around the house baking cookies, my aunt made Laura a dress for her to wear for the upcoming school year and she helped Josh make a warm and cozy flannel blanket, he can’t wait for the weather to get colder so he can use it. My dad and a friend of his joined us over the weekend. My uncle was giving Dad discarded wood from a deck he had just replaced. I get part of the wood to make a screen porch at my house..Yay! The end of our visit came much too quickly, good-byes were said and we were back on the road again with wonderful memories of South Padre Island and San Antonio. We are already thinking of when we can go back again and explore more places in both places.

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South Padre Island, Day 3 con’t

Beach time!

After we ate lunch and shopped for touristy things we made our way back to our condo and got ready for our day at the beach. I want to say how sorry I am that we were not able to stay longer at Niki’s Place. This was a wonderful location and the condo was truly a great place to stay. We were only able to catch the two days open at a great deal and we took them. I am already trying to find time to make my way back their for a girl’s retreat 🙂

Niki’s Place had everything you could think of for the beach, a cart to carry all of your stuff down to the beach, pails and shovels for those sand castle designers there were even beach towels for anyone who did not bring one with them. I was quite impressed with what I discovered. We chose not to take advantage of all the goodies available. We had brought our own towels so we were going to tackle the beach as if this was our lake at home, towels on the ground and sand in your face.

Laura and I hit the water first she was so excited to dive in nothing short of a shark was going to hold her back. Josh stayed on the shore keeping an eye on our things while the great sea adventurer dove to find sea shells. When we returned to shore it was with news that the lady beside us had offered us an umbrella and chair set as her friends had called it a day and they were already paid for and someone should use them she said. So we found ourselves moving to lounge chairs and under a lovely umbrella for the rest of the day. What a way to spend your day it was truly wonderful. It was Josh’s turn to take Laura out and they went further into the water than I did (he’s much taller than I am waves would have knocked me down). I moved our stuff to the umbrella and set up for the day..ahh

Deep into the water they go

One of the amazing things about the ocean is how deceptive it can be. Standing on the shore looking at the water it looks so deep then you notice there are people walking about several hundred feet in front of you. As Josh and Laura learned the further they walked there was a sand bar that you could stand on and still be far enough away from the shore yet not so deep in the water. Laura did learn that the further out you go the strong the waves get and how easy it is to be swept away. Luckily Josh was with her the entire time to keep her safe. She had a great time and loved every minute of it.

We stayed at the beach until the sun started going down and the beach staff began collecting the chairs and umbrellas. We were sad to see the day end, wanted to have another day and for time to stand still but we had one wonderful day and know that at some point we will return to this lovely place.

As the sun went down these little fellas started moving in to feed off the sea life in the water

We headed back to our condo with smiles on our faces and sand all over us. I swear we took back half the beach in just our shoes, blankets and what clothing it could attach itself to. LOL! Thank goodness Laura had a second pair of shoes with her because the pink shoes she took to the beach was done. I tossed those things in a paper bag and waited until I could find a power hose to clean them off (I found them at her house a few days ago still on the back porch with sand still on them, I brushed my hand over the sand just to remember our time at SPI). We showered and got cleaned up for dinner. We ate at a pizza place we had passed on your way to The Original Dolphin Watch, the reviews were good so we went to check it out. Russo’s New York Pizzeria was the name of the place and it was great. Laura and I had their Stromboli with 3 toppings of our choice. Josh had their Bianca pizza which Laura ended up having a few slices of despite the fresh arugula on top. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, very laid back it had the feel of an Italian restaurant. I know when we go back it will be one of our places to revisit. I’m sorry for not taking any pictures of our food. I’m still new to posting pics and I always forget to pull out my phone and snap photos. I’ll get better I promise. If you visit their website the photos online do not lie the food looks that yummy.

Before we headed into Russo’s Josh stopped into Island Style surf shop. He saw they had OluKai shoes and wanted to check them out. If you haven’t tried these shoes I highly recommend them. They are worth every penny you pay for them and they last years. He has been wanting a new pair and hadn’t found what he has been looking for in shops here at home. He hit the jackpot at Island Style they had exactly what he was looking for and at a price he was happy with. He bought new shoes and we ate a great dinner. It was a great way to end our last night on the island.

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South Padre, Island Day 3

Wednesday-Beach Day!

Wednesday was our last day in Padre. The plan for the day was a 10 o’clock reservation with The Original Dolphin Watch boat Tour. We had decided the night before to wake up early and make our way to the beach and watch the sunrise.

Josh woke me up right around 6 am, I woke up Laura. We all pretty much went in whatever clothes we could find. We did not want to waste time and miss the sunrise. We made our way to the beach and found a great spot to sit and watch the sun come up above the ocean. As always with the ocean the tide was out which had changed the look of the beach. What was underwater the evening before was now several feet back and people were doing their morning walks and runs in the soft wet sand. I loved sitting on the embankment watching people walking their dogs, walking in groups talking to each other and just enjoying the beautiful morning as the sun slowing began to rise above the water. It was amazing sitting their watching the sun come up over the water. It was something magical that we don’t see where I’m from.

Left over umbrella and chair from the day before..waiting to be used again

Don’t get me wrong we have our own lovely sunrises in Oklahoma, but seeing the sun rise above the water is completely different. The sand was so soft and felt wonderful between our toes. Laura enjoyed chasing the waves and searching for sea shells. I had a great time writing in the sand and watching the waves erase the writing. As the sun rose higher the water began to rise and reach closer to where we were sitting. We knew then it was time to say good-bye for now and return in the afternoon.

There is a part of you that secretly hopes The Flying Dutchman shoots out of the water. Watching the sun rise up over the water is truly magical and calming. I could have stayed on that beach all day and been completely happy.

We had to sadly leave the beach and get ready for our Dolphin Tour. We made our way back to our condo, showered and found the location of The Original Dolphin Watch. I chose this tour over the others because the price was great and there was an educational piece about 20 minutes into the tour. I liked that and knew Laura would enjoy it plus it was on a big boat and not on a small one. Since this was her first trip to the ocean I felt this would make her feel safe. The Dolphin Watch was located on the west side of the island where other boat tours were. Once we were on the water nets were lowered to drag along the bottom of the ocean so marine life could be picked up and brought on board for the visitors to see. We were able to see a star fish and a blue crab. The catch wasn’t as big as they usually catch but it was enough to impress the children on board and to educate them on the lives of ocean life. Once the sea life was returned to the ocean we headed off to find dolphins. It was a nice and breezy ride the boat had an upper and lower deck. We chose to sit on the lower deck in the shade so we wouldn’t get wind burnt or sun burnt. I notorious for getting sun burnt everywhere I go so we decided to play it safe. The captain took us out where the Rio Grande dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. The water is warmer here and a great feeding place for dolphins and pelicans. We were able to see several dolphins feeding in this area. After several minutes watching them feed and play around the captain directed us back to the dock. It was a wonderful way to finish our morning.

Rio Grande meets Gulf of Mexico

After our boat ride we went looking for lunch. We decided on a restaurant we had read about on Trip Advisor Cap N Roy’s it was a combination of Mexican and seafood. We had a great lunch, plenty of seafood in a great restaurant full of memorabilia of the owner and island residents fishing excursions. When we finished lunch we headed to a souvenir shop and picked up a few things to take back home then headed to our condo to get ready for the beach.

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South Padre Island, TX Day 2

Monday-The road to the beach continues..

We left Austin around 9 Monday morning, stopped and ate at the Cracker Barrel then headed back down the highway to South Padre. We watched Austin turn into San Marcos then New Braunfels. We had to stop for gas in New Braunfels and it wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t stop at Buc-ee’s convenience store. This was Laura’s first trip to Texas so we made sure she saw all the right spots. Buc-ee’s is the place to stop and get gas, any Texas souvenir you can ever want and plenty of food and drink to last you a long trip. Once we got what we wanted from Buc-ee’s we were on the road again and finally we were going through San Antonio. It felt odd to drive through and not stop to see my family but I sent my uncle a wave by text, he was happy with that. 🙂

The traffic lightened a bit past San Antonio and we started seeing large cactus along the side of the road. My niece Laura was just amazed by the size of them. We eventually started seeing enormous oil wells working to pull oil from the earth. We have oil wells all over Oklahoma, but none to the size that we saw in South Texas. We eventually started seeing more and more palm trees, they have them in Austin and San Antonio but further South you start seeing more and more and there is something about seeing palm trees along the side of the road. It’s as if they are saying “follow me to the ocean”. We grabbed lunch along the way at Whataburger, the only place to get fast food and a drink that will keep you fueled on a trip. Before long we were seeing signs for Mexico and passed a Border Patrol truck driving up the sand by railroad tracks.

We started getting so excited we could see the wind turbines out in the fields, hundreds of them. Then we started seeing fields and fields of cotton. I wanted to pull over and pick me a piece of cotton! I was getting as excited as a 9 yr old girl :). I pulled up the map to see how far away we were from water and near jumped out of my seat when the map showed we had driven along the water for quite some time. We started keeping a lookout to the left of the car for any signs of water. It wasn’t until we drove through Port Isabel that we knew we were close. Before we knew it there was the monstrous bridge before us. Josh asked if I was ready to cross the bridge, he knows how terrified I am of bridges. I told him no, yes JUST DRIVE FAST! I didn’t have a total meltdown on the bridge I was able to shoot a small video which turned out terrible but I didn’t let the fear overtake me and before we knew it we were in South Padre.

I fell in love at once. It was almost as if crossing that bridge you leave your daily life behind and you accept the beach life for however long you are visiting. My eyes couldn’t take in everything I was seeing. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times we should have camera eyes so we can take pics of what we see. You can’t always get your camera, phone or video camera out quick enough. Our first goal was to find our Airbnb. Josh was the one to find this gem when we decided to make this trip. He searched and found Niki’s Place. I can’t say enough about Niki’s Place, we were about a block from the beach, the neighborhood was quiet and relaxing. We were only there for two nights and didn’t get to take advantage of all the truly wonderful things Niki’s had to offer. I know I will be back and Niki’s will be the first place I want to stay at.

After unloading our luggage and taking a small rest we knew two things 1)We were hungry and 2)we wanted to see the beach. We did the last first. We walked to the beach from our condo and spent about 30-45 mins there. After we had said a proper hello got out feet wet and sandy we decided to go and look for food, knowing we would be back the next day.

I should note that Laura had this idea she was going to swim in the ocean like she swims in a pool. We tried to explain to her about the currents and riptides that can happen when in the ocean. I’m almost sure she thought we were making this up. So when you hear me call her in the video it’s me reminding her to pay attention and stay close to Josh. There was a lot of worry about bringing her to the beach. I wasn’t going to let anything happen to her on my watch. Super Babysitter on Guard! LOL!

We discovered we had passed a seaside restaurant and went in to enjoy local seafood. We sat outside so we could watch the sun go down and take it the fact we were here at last. The restaurant was a lovely seaside restaurant Palm’s Resort Cafe which was across the street from our condo but was close enough to the beach that you felt you were there. We were seated at a patio table. The three of us decided to sit on the same side of the picnic table so we could watch the ocean as the sun went down. It was so calming just sitting and watching the ocean while the world passed by.

We all had fresh seafood that was wonderful there was not an empty plate. After we had dinner we went back to our condo, washed the dirt of the day off and got ready for bed. As Laura and I were settling in our comfy bed Josh brings the question to me about getting up early Tuesday to see the sunrise. I love my sleep but I also wasn’t going to miss an ocean sunrise. I told him I was in and to wake me when he woke up. Bring me that horizon!