||Today I was wishing I was anywhere but
Tampa, Florida. I spent more time in the car today then I cared too and not only do my
feet hurt from walking and standing on them all day but my butt hurts as well. I also have
to express my disappointment in Busch Gardens. It was nothing like I remembered it as a
child and three of their major rides were closed due to technical problems, even the train
was closed for a portion of the day. The best displays of wild life were the apes and
monkeys and the crocodiles, and the children got most of their enjoyment in The Land of
the Dragon portion of the park.(only kiddie rides but very fun and relaxing) As we toured
the park the more disappointed I became, the nursery had no baby animals, the koalas were
sick, the bid shows were cancelled, and the list grew and grew. Jeff and I were able to
ride one roller coaster, the Gwazi, but he said that he didn't want to ride another one
after that. Our lunch was horrible and I was thankful my dad picked up the tab because I
hated the thought that we spent our money on food that tasted that bad. We also went
through the Tuts Tomb display which we had read was a direct replica of the original.
ADVICE: Don't believe everything that you read. After shopping for some souvenirs we
headed towards my Aunt Joyce's house for a family reunion of sorts and dinner.
Let me remind you that I have only met these people two or three other
times in my life and I wasn't thrilled about spending the next three hours with a bunch of
strangers when I was very tired. It took almost forty-five minutes to get to their home
which was in a very bad, gang infested area of town and there were an additional fifteen
people there including wild heathen children. We were served homemade fried potatoes and
barbecue that Jeff swears had chitlins in it and for dessert brownies. The food was
absolutely horrible and the conversations were worse. Dad had a great time however
visiting with his family but those of us who had no clue about these people isolated
ourselves in the living room in a corner. There was so much clutter, furniture, and dust I
was beginning to feel claustrophobic. Elizabeth kept saying she wanted to go home and
whining because she was hungry. Finally after spending three hours there we left for
Orlando which was a two hour drive from where we were at.
Well, we finally got home, and it was a terrible ride. Even
though I am terribly tired and have to get up in six hours to go to Animal Kingdom, I'm
writing this entry to help wind down. I'm hoping to get in touch with Bobbi tomorrow so we
can set up a time to meet. Hopefully we will not be out too late.
In Tampa we saw this sign:
"What part of thou shalt not
didn't you understand." -God
Highlights of the day:
Seeing Elizabeth's face light up at
seeing the monkeys.
Elizabeth riding her first ride
ever in The Land of The Dragons.
Jeff and I riding the Gwazi roller
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