March 9th, 2008

Florida, Baseball

Florida on $1,000 a day – Part IV

Yes, this is the fourth installment on last week’s trip to Florida. You’ll find the first three parts if you scroll down a bit.

On our final day in Florida, we went to Seaworld. I visited Seaworld in San Diego in the mid-1990s, and the place has grown wonderfully since then. We attended a hugely entertaining show that featured trained dogs, cats, birds, and pigs, though I didn’t get any photos out of the show worthy of public exhibition. I also rode a pretty awesome roller coaster – The Kraken – that whipped me up, down, sideways, and ass-over-teakettle, though I was not foolish enough to try taking any photos under those conditions, lest I should lose my precious Canon PowerShot A570IS.

I couldn’t quite determine what character this fellow on the left was trying to portray. His pose and formal wear made me think he might be imagining that he was one of the Three Tenors, but his way of looking at a far-off point on the horizon was more reminiscent of Gary Sinise in the Broadway production of The Grapes of Wrath. Unfortunately, the glass separating us from direct contact with the penguins precluded any possibility of asking him.

Since returning, I have told various friends about the parks we visited. On several occasions, I have seen people make a sour face when I mentioned Seaworld. There seems to be a prevailing opinion in some circles that this place is a poor substitute for the Disney parks. Let me put it this way: I loved, loved, loved Epcot – it’s my favorite park ever! But Seaworld offers a wealth of charms, thrills, laughs, and other enjoyments. I just can’t get on board with these Seaworld dissers. Hey, if live animals don’t hold your interest, there are plenty of other diversions in the Orlando area. But if you love animals even a little bit, you shouldn’t hesitate to spend a happy day at Seaworld! …Geez, I sound like I’m interviewing for a job in their PR department!

Once again, lots of photos, so . . .

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