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31 July 2017 @ 09:29 pm
Finally got to meet Peregrine  
At last I am very happy to have met Peregrinefalconlady. I was determined to let nothing stop me. I had been worried about unforseen events and some really weird ones popped up this time. Like the road work. Annoying but I have a Jeep. No prob. But when I got up today and checked the radar I hadn't expected to find a tropical storm right off the coast in the Gulf. WTF? But only 35 mph winds. That's nothing. I wasn't going to let a mini hurricane stop me this time. I just kept my eye on the radar. I loved going through those back roads I found. So nice to make it to Orlando without getting on the interestate. Also when I got to her hotel I hit 10,000 miles even on my Jeep. My Jeep will be a year old in Aug. Aug 5th precisely will be the 1 year anniversary. My gosh does not feel like a year.

Ok so, I waited in the lobby and finally met Peregrine and her dad. Because of the weather I was unsure if we could do Gatorland but then I figured the weather might be a good thing as it would scare the tourists away. I had one of those extra folding ponchos so I gave that to her and I had my rain coat. But we were out too early and nothing was open. Gatorland didn't open til 10am. So we went to Target first to pick up supplies like water. Then we just walked around the electronics section a while. The toy section was being restocked so not much to look at. There's a whole aisle for the new Cars 3 movie. I hope it's better than the second one. The first movie was great. So after that we took off and got there at opening time. I had never seen the parking lot so empty but it didn't stay empty long. Because it was raining so much I had to use my cellphone as my primary camera because it's water proof. I was right about the storm and we really enjoyed walking around having nearly the whole park to ourselves. There weren't many active egret nests because the breeding season was basically over. But we saw some and we got to see the many fledged juveniles. Also because of the rains the swamp walk was closed. We ate at the restaurant there and I checked the radar again. The storm had made landfall near Bradenton it looked like but now it was letting up.

Ok so some pics now.

A lovely skeleton donated from the skeleton museum of osteology. I found it amusing this was here as this was the back up plan if we hadn't done gatorland. Well I do hope to check out this museum sometime.

I took this pic for Chris because he loves gators and crocs and I got babies of both in this pic.

Beautiful day even though this was the tropical depression. No big deal. Theme park all to ourselves basically.

I loved the post of this guy in the shallow water and all the rain falling around.

I find most of our storms to be beautiful. Few are ugly and nasty. I loved this scene of the lake with so many gators in it.

This was a sign at the budgie aviary. We didn't feed the budgies because there were just too many people there this time. But we watched them from outside the cage. They've added more perches which was very necessary and some birdhouse gourds.

This was probably the most amazing thing we saw. This was my fave thing. They were feeding the gators and so many came up to feed it was just amazing seeing these huge monsters waiting their turn and climbing over each other. Gatorland is amazing and a great place to meet friends for the first time I have found.

After that we went to Publix and picked up a Key Lime Pie. Peregrine had never had one and I wanted to show her more true Florida things apart form Disney. I'm glad she liked the pie though it was tainted with nuts on the whip cream. Key lime is not supposed to have nuts so that bugged me but it's the only one they had. Then we shared drawings and drew stuff. I really enjoyed that. I showed her my laptop and art tablet and we sketched. I enjoyed seeing her cute art and the new projects she's working on. I let her keep my sketches I made of Scary Fear and Pyranax. The drive home was good too and now the storm is basically dead and gone. So an excellent and very successful day. I'm tired though and my back was hurting from all the walking and carrying camera equipment around everywhere. I hope I can get some rest tomorrow but not long. I have an appointment to take Bullet for her check up in the evening.

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Desthagirion on August 1st, 2017 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. I know you're busy with your vacation. Thanks. I'm glad at last we were able to meet. I'm glad you liked it. It's a very nice place and nicely done for a theme park. Some parts of it you forget it's theme park. I think it's a nice place to meet people on neutral ground. There are covered areas to sit where once can have conversations and it's not so crazy as the other attractions in the area and less expensive. So I always pick it as a meeting place.
The budgie sign. Notice the last part. "in the aviary that is." Meaning you hold the stick up in their aviary and the budgies land on you. Won't happen in the wild so it's a joke. Skeletons are interesting to see the different designs. Glad you liked the baby gator. They are very cute that small.
I'm glad you're taking photos too. They just help a journal to tell a story. I don't like to post just text if I can help it.
Peregrine tells me she'll make a post once she is rested and has some time. We both had a great time.
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Des: Exploding Whalethagirion on August 1st, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely stay hydrated with lots of water and take lots of time to rest for sure.
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Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2017 12:18 am (UTC)
Ah glad you did that then. Thanks. This was from an old website based on the exploding whale video. This was long before there was youtube and I thought it was an awesome icon that I saved it.
Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2018 12:42 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-01 03:25 pm (local)
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Thank you for the advice. I stayed hydrated and i rested during afternoon. I felt very energised after taking a nap. Hhaha i love the exploding whale icon XD

Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2018 12:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-31 11:52 pm (local)
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I take opportunity to comment now that is still early before transforming my day into a full immersion of new things to see. Finally! I am very happy you managed to meet Peregrine. This is a really cool post, i really enjoyed reading it, especially looking at the photos. Gatorland is definitely a place to visit if someone wants to go to Florida, if i visit Florida it will be certainly first place i will go. I remember Chris's video about Gatorland. It was very nice.
I liked the informations about the budgies. I didn't know that if you hold a stick covered in seed high they will migrate over to you. Hahaha i can image the scene XD.
The skeleton is very amazing let me say. I love skeletons. Awww the baby gators were the cutest part *_*
You took some cool photos! I took many and many photos too.
Have fun Thag and Peregrine!!!!
Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2018 12:39 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-01 08:40 am (local)
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No problem. Right now i am resting a little in the hotel after another intense morning between Museums. During these days temperature is very hot and i prefer to stop between visits, i have always a low hot resistance. I am drinking lots of water to keep me hydrated. This past was very important for me as i wanted to finally hear you and her meet^^
Hahah i've noticed it. I know in the wild this doesn't happen. I will upload photos when i will come back because i need a USB cable which i don't have now. That's great, i look forward to reading her journal!

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kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on August 1st, 2017 09:55 am (UTC)
Yay! You got to meet Peregrine! And went the scenic route. Cool that you got a day when not so many people were there.
Desthagirion on August 1st, 2017 11:40 am (UTC)
Yes finally. I'm so glad. We had so much time. Yes that drive was very nice and pretty fast too.
kabuldurkabuldur on August 4th, 2017 10:48 am (UTC)
It's funny when the back way is quicker!
actipton80actipton80 on August 1st, 2017 11:35 am (UTC)
That looks like a neat park. That's great you had the lake to yourselves, but too bad the budgie aviary was crowded.

I agree that Key lime pie is not supposed to have nuts in it.
Desthagirion on August 1st, 2017 11:41 am (UTC)
It's a very nice place. The rain really helped clear everyone out. Like the day you and I took that walk. Yeah all the indoor stuff was crowded so we did the outdoor nature stuff in the rain.

Yes I hate that some places do that to the pies.
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Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2017 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes at last we finally met. I had to make it work this time. The storm did turn out to be in our favor actually. Since we had rain gear it was no problem to just stay out in it. I loved the first Cars movie. I was a big fan of it back when it was new. I collected a bunch of the little figures and spent hours on the video game. I refused to watch the second one. I could tell it would suck. I will give the 3rd one a chance but I'm skeptical about it. Would be nice if they finally made a dark movie at Pixar and weren't afraid to kill main characters.

It's cool some of these parks and museums work with each other that way. The babies were very cute. Love the potential monsters they might become. I need to upload the video that pic goes with. It was insane how they were feeding those gators and letting some of the public in. Not so sure it's a good idea in the long wrong. It's a mauling waiting to happen. I had fun showing her some typical things from my state. That was fun.
The appointment did go fairly well. Butllet needs to lose weight majorly so I have to change her diet.
Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2018 12:44 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-01 06:10 pm (local)
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I am very glad that you finally got to meet Peregrine despite the odds trying to get in the way, yet that's great that the storm enabled a better experience at the park.
I thought the first Cars film was good, I liked what happened at the end, and I only saw review on the second one. I only know a bit on Cars3, but I'll have to say, Pixar did not shy away from the shock teaser trailer making it look like Lightening MQueen was on his last wheels.
I love that donated gator skeleton and it's nice that you got both baby alligators in this the second photo, plus the other photos of the gators and the rain are quite nice. It's also good that you got to see budgies despite the crowds. That last photo of the alligators feeding is excellent, I love that so many of them are crowded up to feed.
I'm happy that you also let Peregrine try some new things and show her what Florida is like as well as let her keep the sketches of Pyranax and Scary Fear.
I hope Bullet's appointment goes well.
jokerforeverjokerforever on August 2nd, 2017 06:39 am (UTC)
That's awesome that you finally got to meet Peregrine and had a nice time no less. These are really nice photos considering the weather, which actually adds a calm atmosphere to them I might add. This really takes me back to when I first visited the Everglades with my Dad back when I was 15, I visited a local animal sanctuary called Wootens Evervlades. I held my first alligtor back then. We also took swamp tours on a buggy and air boat which was quite nice. And similar to the last photo here was a huge feeding were the gators were piling over eachother tho get their share. I took two videos of that which I still have to this day.

I can't really say I care much for the Cars films though I definitely prefer the first film over the 2nd film, the latter being quite a train wreck with all the spy BS. I admit the 393rd film caught me off guard with its seemingly dark teaser yet even so I'm a little skeptical about it as well. Frankly I'd rather see what
Pixar's Coco brings to the table.
Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2017 11:29 am (UTC)
Thanks. It was about time this happened and we did really enjoy it. Thanks. The photos don't do it justice to how much it was raining. It was very beautiful and relaxing though. That's great you've been to the everglades. Air boats are a lot of fun so I'm glad you've done that too. This was a crazy scene and cool you too have seen something like this. Videos do give a better idea of what it's like than photos.

I'm glad I haven't seen the second film. I'll only watch it if it comes on Netflix one day out of curiosity. I'm not going to directly spend money on it. I did like the first one but I'm not the big fan I once was. Same story. Blame it on other idiot fans. I haven't heard of coco. I'll have to look up and see what that is.
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on August 2nd, 2017 12:36 pm (UTC)
It was good we got out early so we had time to pick out drinks. I rarely go into the Target near me because it sucks, but the one we went into had lots of stuff. I love the first Cars but never saw the second one.

Ha, I sent my photo of the baby croc and baby gator to my friend of work who is also named Chris because he loves baby reptile pics.

I loved how the park was dead when the rain came. We basically had it all to ourselves. I got a nice pic of a gator's head on the rainy water. The rain was also refreshing. I took a pic of the lake with the gator heads in it too and showed it to my older niece and younger sister and they were amazed when I pointed out all the gator heads. Oh I LOVED the gator feeding show. Amazing how the gators knew their names. I have a photo of the one with the meat on his head and it's so cute. I thought the guy in charge of the feeding was funny, too.

There's only one slice of that Key Lime pie as of right now and I intend to eat it later. It's sooo good! I loved being in the gazebo and sketching. I still wish I remembered to bring my previous sketchbook too though since that has most of the stuff that has become art in recent times, but I'm glad I showed you the traditional version of Arramon that I used in your gift art.
Desthagirion on August 2nd, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yes I did enjoy looking for the drinks. Oh that's strange about your Target. The Targets here are nice. I love going through them to my fave sections which are the toys and electronics. And sometimes the outdoor section and car section too. I don't think you're missing much not having seen the second Cars movie. I love the first one too.

That's great you friend liked the pic of the baby croc and gator.
That's the emptiest I have seen the park. I've seen it when it's packed too and that always sucks. It is amazing how many gators were in there. That feeding show is new. That's why when the guy was asking in line if we wanted to buy tickets for it I just ignored him. He was the same one doing the show. Well I still wouldn't buy tickets for it now that I know what it is. I thought it was for the pieces of hot dog you guy to throw at them or the jumping show. Yeah I thought he was funny too.

Ha hope you got the final slice of that pie today. It would have been very good without the nuts but glad you got to try it for your first time. I did enjoy the art you showed me. Would have been nice to have had more quite time to draw together.