Sunday, May 31, 2015

Our First Annual "Summer Surprise"!

"W" and I were at a loss at what to do this weekend.
No.  I'm serious.

So, we woke up Friday morning and he said...
"why don't we get the kids (grandkids) and take them to...

Weeki Wachee Springs....

Well, what (and where) in the world is that?

It's a little known place in the middle of Florida....

The mermaid capital of the world.
No, I'm serious y'all.

So, I know you're wondering how we know about this place.

Well, when I was young, my grandparents Nanny and Papa loved trips to middle Florida.  They loved the St. Pete area.  They would never plan, yet just get us all in the car and drive until we found a place to stay!

I was thinking how difficult this was for them without cell phones.  I guess we stopped and used a nasty old black phone at the phone booth or just stopped and checked hotels for availability along the way!
Geez, I'm old!

Anyway, one of our stops was to Weeki Wachee Springs near Homassa, Florida!

After going the first time at age 7 I knew I was going to be a mermaid one day.
I was pretty sure of it.

Well, I never became a mermaid, but not only did I grow up loving syncronized swimming, I will still at the age of 55 do a few moves in the pool ;)
(sometimes I can't help myself)

So, back to the surprise....

We called J and E and they were up for it.
Really? wow.  we were SO surprised that they might want a free weekend to themselves ;)

So J met me between Birmingham and Atlanta and we had our first surprise.

well, just a precursor of what was to come!
Birthday cake milkshakes from Zaxby's!!!

Then we met "W" back in Atlanta and headed out!

Cate got out the map!
They were all ready!!!
We marked the globe!

First stop...Valdosta, Georgia

BTW parents...
You can honestly take your kids to the closest hotel, let them swim in the pool, have an overnighter, and eat breakfast in the hotel buffet and they will be perfectly happy with that being their summer vacation....

and she's ready!

 after a stop in Valdosta, we packed the car back up and headed out.
and hit the Florida line...

Where would we end up?
They honestly did not have a clue!
(p.s. this is somewhere they have wanted to go forever!)
we successfully pulled off this surprise!

The mermaid capitol of the world!

well, that didn't take long...

First we took on Buchaneer Bay.
All I'll say about Bucaneer Bay is "if you can't beat em, join um..."

Then we waited for the Mermaid show
(This is "W" entertaining the kids with Rock, Paper, Scissors)

We waited for about an hour.

y'all.  These are REAL mermaids.

Then a little ice cream.

and posing with the mermaids.

and some photo opps.

the hotel.

and then they were down for the count!!!

More surprises!!!

Have a great day y'all!

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