So I got up at 415am this morning - and headed off to Moncton to go to Tampa (longish story about why Moncton) anyhow - got a great surprise when I went to get on the Toronto to Tampa - they upgraded me to executive class.....what does that mean?
Free Food - and it wasn't bad:)
Forks/Knives Metal ones :)
One bathroom for 12 ppl or something foolish like that :)
I arrived in Tampa around 1240 - and it's warm here..sunny at this point...haha I know I know it's Florida - what did I expect??
As we were driving along the 'bridge'/'causeway' thingy i look out and sort of see a 'fish' type thing in the water....but it's gone (caught it out of the corner of my eye) - i turn my head and look...there is a DOLPHIN swimming in the water...a freakin Dolphin :) in the wild ppl...it was very cool...No pics - I saw and we were gone before i could get the camera out.
So i get to my hotel...I'm STARVING....there is a 'wildlife reserve' around the hotel...lots of bridges and pathways ...it's kind of like a pond....with 'walking' type bridge/trails...anyhow - I walk to the grocery store cutting through these paths..- as I'm going I'm thinking - wow it's kinda 'marshy' looking here....wonder if there are gators?? - Nah..I mean they would warn someone right?? I get my groceries - start coming back...its clouding quickly and i can hear the thunder coming....
I'm truckin' er along....come to the start of the path...i look up....there is a sign..and darn it I wish I could post it....
Basically it says:
Watch for Alligators and Snakes...
ALLIGATORS AND SNAKES PPL!!
My words: "NO WAY!"
(actually it was OH F*ck!)
Anyhow - checked with the front desk - (I'm thinking still..it's a joke right??) Yup there are 3 gators around.....and snakes...lovely..I could have been EATIN'...
Anyhow - I go back to my room get eats and then decide if there's a gator I'm gonna find it....can we say PhotoOP???
So I grab my cell (to call Wes if I get eaten - cause he can save me)...I wander around...see turtles...big turtles...fish...no snakes...no gators...
I kind of give up...then decide I'll walk 'all the way around' the pond thing....I get going around....all of a sudden I see it....a freakin' Gator! Out in the wild!! (don't worry I was far enough away that it couldn't get me) So that was pretty exciting...... I took lots of pics...
OH FLORIDA has mosquitoes...and lots of them - I didn't bring bug spray :(
anyhow - didn't do much else - wasn't feeling great today - taking it easy - really had wanted to go to a sbook store but didn't rent a car - Taxi guy told me it would be around 50 bucks each way....I'm thinking not!
I will blog again - unfortunately I'm sure it's not going to be quite as exciting as today UNLESS I see an