Thursday morning I got to meet my Aunt Becky for breakfast. She is one of the most amazing people on the planet, and spending time with her is certainly a great way to start the day.
Later that morning Ryan and I went on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour with Aaron and Tracy. It was something we’ve thought about doing for a few years, but this year we figured there was no better time. Our captain taught us all about the houses in Winter Park and historical information about Rollins College and famous people who were students there or lived on the lakes. Did you know when Mister Rogers was a student at Rollins he lived in a gorgeous mansion off campus? Well, that’s the type of interesting information you learn on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.
For lunch we enjoyed some brisket at 4 Rivers Smokehouse. If you’re anywhere near Central Florida you need to eat at 4Rivers. As is typical for someone nearing the end of their 3rd trimester, my meal consisted of a side of mac-n-cheese, some fried pickles, and fried oreos for dessert.
Later that day we spent time at Tracy’s parents lake house. I’ve never been swimming in a Florida lake before… but this one is lovely and we checked to make sure there weren’t any alligators before we jumped off the dock. We picked up some floats at WalMart and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon floating around until a storm rolled in. We played euchre on the patio until the rain stopped and the sun came out again.
Tracy’s sister Carly and her roommates let us borrow their bikes so we could tool around Winter Park together. After getting up a 4am, fishing all day, eating a delicious meal at the ShipYard (which I mistakenly called the “Boat House” all week) we thought it was the perfect evening for a ride.
We stopped at a Kraft Azalea Gardens on Lake Maitland in central Winter Park. This park had HUGE trees. Bright white Ibis birds were nesting in a bunch of them, which was really cool and also horrifying since at any moment bird poo was destined to fall from the sky. Luckily, all 4 of us made it out of the park without an incident.
As we were riding back to Aaron and Tracy’s house we heard an owl hoot hooting. Then we slowed down and heard another owl somewhere else hooting back. Aaron spotted the first one, then he spotted the other one and I slowly walked up to the tree it was in and tried to take a picture. Unfortunately my dad wasn’t there with his camera because he could have taken an awesome National Geographic-looking nature pic. The owl was looking right down at me with his crazy eyes… he probably was thinking he should swoop down and peck me – but he didn’t. I escaped. Riding bikes is a great way to explore. We had a great time exploring Winter Park.