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Moon and Lantern Over Busch Gardens, Tampa FL
(a Wordless Wednesday post)
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I get very sad when it is time to be parted from Chez Bro, SIL and Nieceling. If i still smoked I would seek comfort in a smoke, but now that i don’t smoke any more, there’s nothing to be done but feel unhappy 🙁
Chez Bro and Nieceling purchasing memorial outfit while I contemplate blue skies from a bench in the shade.
We are heading out of the park now. Chez Bro et al need to pack and get to the airport for their flight to Long Island
Bigger size $225
Hi, Ross 😉
Like a safari ride – we had a really good driver with funny patter
From madagascar, the aldabra tortoise can grow over four feet ans weigh over 550 pounds
The one with the red tails – i have seen it before in Disney World
Some of these Busch Gardens gators are reall hugh
I got him at Xcursions last night. His name is Crash because I keep dropping him and he falls *CRASH*
Very late start this morning – Chez Bro not feeling great
Love the sunken head! It is dark and we are making our way out now.
Bronze turtle sculpture
Their diet must have carrots or something – look how BRIGHT!
Doesn’t he look fake? You don’t expect a frog tp be cobalt blue!
Nieceling keeps singing The Llama Song which she claims she found on you tube
Purple and orange flowers together – very Halloween
Asian elephants at Busch Gardens catch apple chunks
Pirates sure are popular these days
From Brazil and Argentina, flowers in October-November. Found near the Bengal Boats at Busch Gardens Tampa Florida
When I climbed up, there was a tiger sleeping on top of the plexiglass bubble! Here’s a view of his nostrils
And see tigers!
Fortunately, i have a 12 yr old at my disposal
While waiting for the feet dangling ride we are taking in the view
I kid u not!
Feet dangling = no way
He likes being scratched under his chin
i won’t ride this – it is a bone rattler!
He syas he’s really popular in Brazil
Did I spell it right?
UPDATED ON 11-01-2008
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Chez Bro, SIL and Nieceling are making their annual fall trip to Florida, and I’ll be joining them in Tampa for a long weekend. I’m excited about Busch Gardens because they have opened a new section called “Jungala”, which looks really fun on the commercials. I’m also going to look for something new to do in the area. I don’t think Busch Gardens is a 4 day park, and we love the Aquarium but we’ve done it already. Nieceling is 12, the rest of us are in our 40s.
UPDATE: We are now arriving on November 9th, so one less day. They are coming from Disney and turns out the 9th is the day their annual passes are no longer good, so the 9th it is.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE ON 11-01-2008: They are now not arriving until the evening of Sunday November 9th. NOW what am I going to do with my weekend, hmmm?
Wordless, Sunday April 20th 2008
In response to A Backyard Visitor…
I’ve filled in some explanations for the photos I’ve been blogging all day. Additionally, if you surf over to My Adventures *~*~* , you’ll be able to see more pictures that I’ve uploaded from the Canon.
I think we’re going to the aquarium tomorrow… stay tuned!
No, I did NOT ride Sheikra.
None of the “real” dragons were out and about, so I had to take a pic of this one.
This is a real bone-rattler.
Note that everyone has a Master Story Teller staff now. Yay!
This girl has an incredibly powerful voice. Why isn’t she on Broadway starring in Dream Girls?
The final story was about persevering through a flood that destroyed all. The woman telling the story had an amazing voice.
The next story was about frogs in love. The animals were very colorful and bright!
The next story was about bugs; in particular, about a caterpillar who didn’t know what to do with herself. In the end she becomes a butterfly, finding her place.
Can’t see it well, but that’s a peeled, half-eaten banana being carried off by red ants
The first guy told a story about a little monkey playing and growing up in the forest. In the beginning, the little monkey was played by a puppet. When he grew up, he was played by an actor/acrobat.
The premise of this 40 minute show is that there is a Master Story Teller and 4 wannabe master story tellers. They all get to tell their individual stories to see who gets to be elevated to Master. In the end, it is determined that their stories are all connected, and they all become masters.
This is the best thing about the Egypt section of the park.
We could hardly believe our eyes – and our ears! The male pokes his head in and out and emits these amazing grunts with each thrust. When he was done, he looked like he was smiling, but she didn’t.
Lots of little meercats. They are so freakin’ cute!
We were told that today is their 22nd birthday, and that they usually only live in the wild about 12 years. The handlers cleared the lions out of the pen, and placed wrapped birthday “gifts” around, containing food. Then they let the hyenas in. They are a lot bigger than I pictured hyenas, and it was fun to watch them play-fight over the treats.
This lion is a good deal younger than the one in the previous shots. There is a section where there are a jeep and a truck sort of embedded in the plexi glass; if you sit in the cab of the truck, the “cubs” (he’s got a couple of sisters) will jump in the back and look in at you.
There’s a whole section where there are lions on the other side of plexi-glass. They come right up to the glass.
They also had the donkey from the commercials – the one where the donkey aspires to be a Budweiser Clydesdale.
Did you know that there are no statues of the Clydesdale horse anywhere in the park? Couldn’t find hardly any merchandise with them on it at all!
These little scarecrows (about as big as a Barbie, but cuter) were really adorable – wish I knew where to get me some. This display was in the lobby of the restaurant.