• Crystal River Manatees

    On Tuesday we visited Universal Studios Orlando, and went to Islands of Adventure to visit the amusement park rides. We did the new harry Potter coasters, Jurassic Park ride, Flume Ride, Spiderman, and Incredible Hulk Coaster. We also did the ET Ride, Simpson’s, Jaws, The Mummy Returns, and Twister.

    Wednesday we traveled to Crystal River Wildlife reservation to do a manatee tour with Fun2Dive. It was really great. We snorkeled around in the many coves of the reservation and saw many manatee. We also visited a few of the natural springs that feed the area. Tracy spotted a crab on the bottom. We saw many fish, and were visited by still more manatee. Heather brought her underwater camera, and we were able to get some really neat photos.

    Manatee Sign

    Looking for those…

    Manatee

    Manatee Eating

    Manatee

    Swimming Manatee

    Crab

    Crab at Crystal River

    Manatee

    Friendly Manatee

    Manatee

    Circling Manatee

    Manatee

    Friendly Guy

    Manatee

    Fun with Fun2Dive

    If you are in the Orlando, Florida area, and want to swim with the Manatees, we highly recommend Fun2Dive. They specialize in small group (1-6 people), all day excursions to view manatees in a non-threatening natural environment. More photos in the Florida flickr gallery.

  • Discovery Cove

    This fall Tracy and I traveled to Orlando Florida for vacation with Craig and Heather. We had a really good time. Monday we went to Discovery Cove, nd all inclusive resort where we swam in a huge artificial reef complete with rays and a variety of fish, we visited the bird aviary and fed many friendly tropical birds, we floated around the lazy river, and swam with the dolphins in the cove. It was a lot of fun, and included admission to Sea World, which we visited on Thursday. There are, of course, a bunch of photos in my flickr gallery.

    Aviary

    Discovery Cove Aviary

    Aviary

    Tracy feeding the birds

    Parrots at the aviary

    Tracy feeding a bunch of parrots.

    Friendly Bird

    Tracy and the friendliest bird ever.

    Aviary

    Craig made bird friends too.

    Ray

    Discovery Cove Ray

    Discovery Cove

    More Rays

    Salt Water Pool

    Fish