Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Fun Filled Day--Part Four

Friday was a great day--for the most part. Here's what happened...

We woke up bright and early and Eric headed off to the career fair, once again to work for his newspaper. Then I headed off on my adventure.

I made the nearly one hour trek to Homestead, Florida for a series of adventures. First and foremost, I wanted to visit the Everglades. I could have went to the Everglades National Park. But I decided I wanted to go on an airboat ride so I went to the Everglades Alligator Farm instead. I saw some alligators up close!

I even held a baby alligator!

Then I went on an airboat ride which was awesome!

Saw some more gators and sea turtles.

Egrets and lots of fish!

They call the Everglades the River of Grass. It's also the only place where crocodiles and alligators live side by side--in the world!

After the airboat ride, I headed to Robert is Here fruit stand. Not just any fruit stand, but Robert specializes in exotic fruits and he's known for his exotic fruits milkshakes. I had a pineapple milkshake. YUM!

Non Fun Part Disclaimer: I hit a big rock in the road on my way to Robert's. After the fruit stand, I headed to Walmart Tire and Lube Express to make sure my tires were okay. The man said they looked fine. Phew...for the record, I hate Walmart. I only went because it was a necessity.

Next, I hit downtown Homestead where I checked out a few antique shops. Got lots of old postcards for my collection!

Then: the winery! I went to Schnebly Redland's Winery--the southernmost winery in the US! All of their wines are made from tropical fruits! I had a tasting of their five wines--mango, lychee, passionfruit, carombola, and guava. I ended up buying two bottles--carombola and passionfruit. Unfortunately, they don't ship to NJ...

Nope, my day was not over yet. Then a visit to the Fruit and Spice Park, a 35-acre tropical botanical garden growing over 500 varieties of fruits, spices and nuts. I took a tram ride around the park. Our guide, Marie, explained what a lot of the fruits were and what they were used for in different countries. And I got a mango to bring home! Ooh, and I nibbled on a stevia leaf, some Thai garlic and mint. Fun!

Look for another post detailing my evening with Eric!


Anonymous said...

If you HATE Walmart soo much, why would you go? Don't say because they were the "only one I could find" that would be a cop-out!!!!

Marisa L. B. said...

Who are you anyway??? I was in an itsy bitsy small town in Florida--and yes, they were the only one I could find! Should i have gotten stuck with a rental car on account of my personal beliefs? Anyway what are you Walmart's spokesperson?

Freak Magnet said...

Yeah, anonymous butthead. And besides, how is she supposed to be reminded she doesn't like the place unless she goes in every now and then? I don't like it, either, but I certainly wouldn't have done anything different in her shoes.

Jesser said...

Don'tcha just luv how all the a*holes are anonymous. They never have the guts to fess up when they're being jerks. Too typical.

Sounds like you're having a fun time overall. I enjoy bits and pieces of FL. Just would never wanna live there!!

Marisa L. B. said...

Thanks for all the support from my friends! Jess, I totally agree with you. Had fun but it was way too hot. I like seasons!

Miss President said...

Whatever, Anonymous. There are some places in this country that there isn't anything but Wally-World... because they are bullies and push out all other retail stores. In a pinch, I would go, too. But it doesn't mean that they don't suck.

And yeah. If you feel so strongly, why don't you put your name? In saying that you are "anonymous" you are trying to be a heavy-hitter when all you have is a paperweight.

The Truth Teller said...

Sycophant Tree Huggers!! (you probably need to look the meaning up)
Looks like you all need a salad!
Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s BUSINESS, BIG BUSINESS.
All of your whining is not going to change ANYTHING!
You ALL probably hang out with Al Sharpton at his rallies, and belong to the “walmart watch” group cult. Another BIG waste of time.We are ALL making money as their stock rises while ALL of you sit by and whine.
The Truth-Teller

Marisa L. B. said...

You're still too much of a weakling to say who you really are. Dumbass.