Dave & Dot's 25th Anniverary Tour

Week 1 - Orlando, Florida

Friday, October 5th - We go into the jungle . . . and come out totally soaked!

Today the group split up and 5 of us visited the Animal Kingdom while the rest visited the Magic Kingdom. We chose the Animal Kingdom along with Sherrie and the girls. Melissa and Liz really wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom (and had been begging us all week) but we told them we would do that tomorrow and that I had a surprise for them if they could just wait another 24 hours. Besides, what choice would they have?

Despite their wanting to be somewhere else, they had a great time. There was so much to see and do that we hardly had time for it all. We visited the Tree of Life and learned what it was like to live in a bug's world. We journeyed deep into the jungle on the Rafikki Outpost train and got to pet several of the young animals that call this park home. We searched for dinosaur bones and even confronted T-Rex! It was a lot like the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland but much more exciting! Sherrie actually got scared! However, the best ride in the park was the Kali River Rapids. The sign says "you will get wet, you may get soaked". Truer words have never been uttered. We were traveling through the jungle on this swiftly moving river when out of nowhere we fell down a waterfall, the boat turning slowly to the left as we plunged to the bottom. When we finally landed, Dot and Sherrie were sitting, there backs to the river behind us when a huge wave came up behind them and straight down on those two. It was really funny! And because of the humidity in Florida, those two stayed wet all day. Suffice it to say that wet denim and soft skin do not go well together!

We also took a ride through the jungle called the Kilamanjaro Safari, in an African vehicle much like the ones you see on TV and we felt like we were roaming free in the plains of Africa with the animals. Not a fence or wall was seen anywhere and yet we felt very safe. We finally walked through a zoo like enclosure and witnessed the gorillas with two small gorilla children playing alongside their mother who was watching us very closely!

We all got together for dinner at a place called the Arabian Nights Dinner Show. The food was good and the show highlighted the story of an Arabian princess and her betrothed and the story of their lives. The horses were the best part of the show as they performed all kinds of tricks and stunts and were very beautiful. It was another long day but somehow we survived and still felt ready to tackle one more day . . . which was all that was left of this week!