Monday, March 1, 2010

Updates on Day One and more

Present Location: In an RV Park (Yes!) in Kissimmee, Florida

Update No. 1: The scarcity of RV Parks in suburbs such as Ocala, Florida is actually a reality. Even Orlando does not have a lot of RV parks.

On our way to Miami and to the Florida Keys, the roads were really peppered with a lot of RV Parks. Hopefully, we never have to repeat our experience during the first night.

Update No. 2: While we were at Key West, Florida, we stopped by at Sears and bought a converter box set with a remote in it. Yes! We immediately used it that night and we finally got some programs to watch on TV. But we had no WIFI Internet connection. Well, something's got to give. We can't have it all. (But still, I'm happy we get to watch good TV programs this time, including, The Amazing Race (the moms/lawyers were eliminated), the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and my recent favorite, CBS' Undercover Boss. )That is way better than better. It even felt like we were back at home in Mobile.

I cringe when I remember our fourth night. We were in Kissimee, Florida, and my cousin desperately searched for any analog channels available. I imagine he had a case of withdrawal syndrome much worse than mine. Indeed, there was an analog channel. It was an evangelical, yes, a religious one. There's really nothing bad about that . Don't get me wrong, I do not even claim to be righteous but the guy who preaches on that channel, and claims to be a preacher, asks the televiewers to deposit a thousand dollars to his account, after his so-called sermon. I don't quite agree with him on that part. I'd rather not have TV then. What a stroke of luck we got with that one analog channel. Hahaha!


Well, guys, my family and I are on the last leg of our Florida Adventure. So far, I had a lot of thrilling experiences during this trip. Never did I expect to be blessed with this opportunity to travel and see other parts of the world and learn a lot about nature. I was deeply awed when I saw a bird called Anhinga, which dives and swims underwater for minutes to look for fish to eat. It's way luckier than the penguin. Thank you so much, Lord God, for these blessings and opportunities, from the bottom of my heart.

After we went to EPCOT (It stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) Theme Park in the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, we headed to the more southern part, the Keys. The Florida Keys are a chain-like cluster of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. Each island has the word Key in its name, like Key Largo, Key Pine, Knight's Key, Little Duck Key, etc. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida Peninsula about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West. The Keys were originally inhabited by Native Americans. They were later found and charted by Juan Ponce de Leon. "Key" is corrupted from the Spanish Cayo, meaning small island.

The journey going there was a wealth of experiences already. On our way to the Keys, we travelled on a road which was actually made up of many bridges that connect the islands. The road was situated between two giant bodies of water. The Gulf of Mexico was on our right while the Atlantic Ocean was on our left. We coursed through one of the longest bridges in the world, a seven-mile bridge that connected Knight Key and Little Duck Key.

The weather was great and on this part of the United States, the sun was shining at its' brightest and it didn't even mind the winter season. The weather really reminded me of the Philippines. We were actually heading to Key West, Florida to look be on the southernmost point of the continental United States. And yes, I actually stood on that point. I was really thrilled. I still get 'intoxicated' when I think about it.

This morning, I played on the waters of Miami Beach and I walked barefoot in its sand. I have too much awe for the beach that I could not forgive myself not walking on it without my shoes on. Its how I show my love for the beach. I just could not resist it. However, I wasn't able to take a dip in Miami Beach because the water was reeeaaaalllly cold. Brrrrrr... But nevertheless, the view was great. It was a perfect backdrop for this writer, and actually for you, and for anyone else.

I'll post some pictures soon, folks. Bye for now. Again, thanks for dropping by.

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