My Adventures

I've traveled to many places and love to blog about my adventures, the hotels, service, food and more. I enjoy doing product reviews as well. Hi Folks! I am a seasoned 30 year traveller. I've travelled to many places and stayed in a variety of places. I've been to Columbia, England, Scotland, Las Vegas, Florida, Bahamas, California, New England States, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and all the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia (where I live), New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland. Now I can say I've been to Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Rome), Greece (Crete), Turkey (Izmir & Ephesus, Africa (Egypt) and Malta. What an adventure! We had a big adventure is Vancouver then Kauai, Hawaii!! AND HERE I AM! WHOA! I'm back home now. What a fabulous trip to Kauai! It was a magical vacation. We even saw Puff the Magic Dragon who lies with his head sadly on the island ground, covered in grass and trees with beautiful sand beaches all around him. We sang his song a lot. Didn't want to leave at all, but here we are back home and dreaming of the next adventure already! Well, the next adventure came and me and the kids traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The moment we landed, we fell in love with Mexico! We loved the people, the service and the country! Villa del Palmar didn't disappoint us at all. The Spanish style room with the view of the most exquisite site I've ever seen was beyond the imagination. So glad we went and hope to go back to again some day. This summer we went to Victoria, British Colombia then after 5 days, we got on our ship to Alaska and we did a dog sled ride in the Yukon. It was amazing! So many posts and pictures to put up, so stay tuned folks! Let us remember to pause for a smile to a stranger, or give a dollar to a homeless person, or feed a stray animal. Share the love you have inside for others so that they may share theirs as well.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Well, we had a fabulous trip to Orlando. My close friends and their son really enjoyed their stay at my resort. We only went to two parks, Gatorland and Lego land. We didn't get to other places because we got lost so much of the time and we only had 4 nights due to the long long travel day. We did get on our Disney Cruise!! Yes, that's right, we made the Disney Cruise and his sister made it down to join us as well.

We've now lived through the snow and cold weather and we hope it will start to be spring since it is now into April.

I am looking forward to begin planning my Press Trip to US Niagara Falls. But I think it will have to wait until we see the last of the cold.

Stay tuned for some great adventure posts and pictures.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SimplyRoam - Global internet on one roaming Sim card at revolutionary prices

 





Hi folks.

I am working with the SimplyRoam company to bring you an amazing deal for your cell phones when travelling.  You can even get a 35% discount when you use my discount code DEB35.

Yes, I couldn't believe it but it's true.  I wish I had this when I was in Florida two weeks ago.  I would have brought my cell phone with me and I really needed it.  My little guy Rialey got very sick with asthma then I got an allergy reaction to the sun on my face.  I like to travel with my cell phone but because it is a work phone, I don't use it when on vacation.  Now with this new SimplyRoam, I can safely bring my cell phone with me when I travel for my own events and adventures.

Here is how it works:                              

SimplyRoam - Global internet on one roaming Sim card at revolutionary prices

·         Up to 98% cheaper than telecom  networks!
·         Works in all iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys, Samsungs, MiFi’s and more
·         For internet use: surf the web and use Email, Facebook, Skype and Whatsapp
·         Prepaid - no contract – and no bill-shock
·         35% discount with discount code DEB35

Although once we may have survived without the internet, that seems an awful long time ago. It is simply part of our lives, and that means we can’t bear to live without it, even when we are travelling. You can stay connected and online with a SimplyRoam global data SIM card worth $19.99, which is now down to $12.99. Now keep your phone on and surf the net abroad with this revolutionary global data SIM card.

It’s simple by name, and simple by nature to use this data SIM. All you have to do is choose the right size SIM for your unlocked or SIM free phone, and then top it up using one of SimplyRoam’s pre pay bundles from their 3 special cheap zones. Your choices are Europe, Business Traveller (includes Europe plus USA, Canada and others), and Global (over 95 countries).

Rates are priced at only $0.09 / MB travelling to Europe, $0.12 for Business Traveller zone and up to $0.36 / MB for Globetrotter (ROW) which is far cheaper than using your own sim - just remember this is internet only, so no calls or texts allowed, but you will be able to log on to Skype and Whatsapp. Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure, this is the affordable and innovative solution you need to use the internet abroad, finally putting you in complete control!

How does it work?
1.            You buy your SimplyRoam sim from http://www.ritesim.com/simplyroam using DEB35 discount code
2.            Visit www.SimplyRoam.com to top it up before you go away
3.            Choose the zone you are travelling to (the world is split into 3 zones…1) Europe, 2) Business Traveller & 3) Global
4.            Select a 30-day data bundle (100MB, 200MB, 500MB or 1GB data bundle)
5.            Make payment and your sim is topped up instantly
6.            Happy surfing!

Important notes: Your phone or device must be unlocked to use this sim, and this sim is for Internet use only. You can make calls/texts by using apps such as Skype and Whatsapp.

So to keep in touch with friends, upload travel snaps to social media, or keep up with work, I really would recommend the SimplyRoam SIM.

I hope you discover new ways of communicating with this SimplyRoam opportunity.  I would like to hear from those of you who purchase this Global data SIM card.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.
Debbie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gatorland

  
This was just too cute to pass up so Jeremy and Bonnita posed
for Gatorland as the gator looked deliciously at them.







Yes, thanks to wonderful Rochelle at Experience Kissimmee, we had a fabulous time at Gatorland.  It is an incredible family Park that kids of all ages will thoroughly enjoy from age 1 to senior.

Rialey waiting patiently for me.
The Gatorland  Park has lots of shade, which we really needed because the sun was so hot.  We arrived on Saturday and we were
Jeremy & Bonnita couldn't wait to enter
greeted with friendly faces.  I had to rent an electric cart because of my bad knees.  I think the others were envious.  The start of the park shows a big open mouth alligator and the kids loved posing in the alligator's mouth.
Rialey was all excited!


We began our adventure walking on a board walk which led to may different paths.  There was one wooden path that was between two water lakes for the alligators.  We just missed the show where the alligators jump for their chicken food.  However, we just kept rolling on.  The entire Park was very nicely designed and they had something for everyone like the zip line, alligators shows, various snakes, and albino alligators.  They even had a petting zoo with lots of goats who couldn't wait for the food they were hoping you'd buy to feed them.  The Park had good sanitation as well.  You were encouraged to wash your hands a lot, especially after feeding the animals. The only criticism we had was the gator shows were too short, could be longer but the Park prices were so reasonable!

Then lots more alligators appeared!
This was the first alligator I saw.
 To see an alligator in person is very exciting especially when this is not an everyday occurrence, which for us, it isn't.  Imagine they have been around since the Dinosaurs.  How they managed to survive all these millions of years is a mystery.

There was an large alligator skin on the wall which we all stood in a picture for.  I can't believe how large they can get!

The baby ones are so cute and yes, they bite!  It was those white birds with the long beaks that amazed me called Egrets.  They are right in there with the alligators of all sizes and steal the food from the gators.  I'm amazed they are not eaten!  Even the vultures were afraid of the gators, especially the really large ones.

Getting ready for Zip Lining!!
Kaelan
Kaelan and I didn't go zip lining so we followed along the path.  It was so high up and they zipped from station to station.  When we reached the 1st station, Jeremy decided he just couldn't do it and wouldn't go, even with encouragement.

No matter what, Jeremy wouldn't zip!
As we went along the path to keep up with the zippers, we saw amazing sights like these various alligators and vultures.  Some were caged in double thick wire fences & others separated with a fence and landscape.
This was my first one to see its' mouth open.
Some of the many gators we saw


 As I kept looking up at the zip liners, I didn't realize just how much sun my face was getting.  I forgot to put on sun screen and a hat to protect my face.  Bad idea!
Look at those choppers!
So happy they actually did it!
I wish I were able to zip line as well, but with my bad knees, I just couldn't walk the stairs.  Of course, I really am afraid of heights so I would have had to look out not down and think I could have done it.

Hey, look at us, aren't we good.
I was very proud of the three of them, at least they were rock'n ready to zip along.  Bonnita said Rialey didn't hesitate at all.  When it was his turn, he just jumped to go.  Layla was pretty brave as well.  Ok, so was Bonnita!

We bought dippin dot ice cream after they went zip lining.  First time I tasted this kind of ice cream and it is delicious!  Kaelan has a severe allergy to peanuts so we had to be careful that the ice cream was safe for him and we found a flavour he could eat.
I asked them how they felt as they were zipping from station to station and they said it was fabulous but very scary going across the wooden bridge. They wished I was up there with them.  They were so happy with themselves, as you can see in the pictures here. There are a lot of stairs to climb up so if you have a problem with stairs, either from your health or something else, this may not be the event you should attempt.  However, there are lots of other great things to do at Gatorland.  We didn't get to see the Wrestle Alligator show, unfortunately.

The scenery was beautiful as we walked
It was a journey of learning for both me and Kaelen and of course Jeremy as we walked along the zip line route.  We saw many different types of gators.  The Cuban Crocodiles were interesting because I always have a difficult time in distinguishing them apart, alligators and crocodiles.
I certainly didn't know they jumped and that they are the closest living critter to the Jurassic Park's Velociraptors.  Did you know that?
 

I loved the shaded walkways but I did a bad thing and followed the other who went zip lining without sunscreen and a hat, so I ended up with severe sunburn on my face and an allergy reaction to the sun.  My face swelled up like a balloon!  It took about two weeks to heal and I learned a valuable lesson - use sun screen and wear a hat!

Some other beauty we saw as we went through the zip line path, just incredible!  Gators, crocodiles, egret birds, farm animals at the petting area, ducks, vultures, bulls with large horns, white dear, yes you heard it, white and peacocks.  What an amazing Park.









 


Petting area, the goats loved being fed.



Just look at all the vulture nests.
How they all live in harmony is beyond me.










A white dear, incredible! First time I saw one.

A white dear!  First one I saw and I didn't even know there were white dear, did you?

 These beautiful birds were so pretty to look at and two of them were cleaning each other.  It was so sweet. 


But just look at the two on the right, aren't they just the cutest thing?!




Snakes, there were lots of snakes, safety stowed in proper cages, behind glass and thank goodness!

They had a number of snakes that were poison, including the rattler.  That kind of gave me the shivers.
These little blue gators were so sweet.
In the store where you can purchases items, there were baby blue alligators.  Beautiful!



I loved the little gators you see as you exit the Park and of course the Egrets stealing the food!

But what really took our attention was the stealing birds called egret.  They would stand there in their long legs and reach down with their long beaks and steal the food put in for the little gators.

Actually, when they were doing the gator show, they were there as well, stealing from the really big gators!  Even the vultures were afraid but not the egrets.
The train ride is worth taking.  It rides around the park allowing you to see the many different animals it houses, including the white dear above with other animals.  I loved the three white parrots that greeted us as we lined up for the train.



Rialey, Kaelen and Layla, they really enjoyed the train ride.
Now this is the place to go when the day is getting to a close, you're hot and just want to get out of the sun and cool off.  The water park area was wonderful!  The kids had a water fight, and ran around the water area while we just sat in the shade and watched them with smiles on our faces.
The drier costs $5 dollars so the kids just leaned against the drier and felt the warmth of the sun on them and they were dry!
Standing on the side of the big drier.
Enjoying the shade while the kids played in the water area.
Now for the next to last pictures to show and tell you about.  We saw albino alligators and what amazing, truly amazing critters they are.  The smaller one was scratching itself and it looked so cute, just like my cat scratching itself.  The larger one looked like he wanted to say to us, "what are you looking at?"  Their enclosures were very small but I believe they have larger ones they go into as well.  Kaelan couldn't help but pose with the big albino gator as if his hand was in the gator's mouth.  Watch out Kaelan, he's coming for ya!

So cute scratching himself.

 


The last event we watched was the Alligator jumping for food.  I had never saw this before but then again, I only ever saw an alligator in 1975 at Cypress Gardens but Gatorland was wonderful for seeing and learning all about the different critters and animals they have.  It is truly a fabulous place for the entire family.

 The first part of the act, two "boys" come out and act up and try to feed the gators when they aren't supposed to, then the main guy comes back....  Finally the two "boys" go to the end of a walkway out and they have chicken they hold high for the gators to come and grab it and they grab it!  What I also liked about the show, you can see below, there is an area for wheelchairs and kids so their view won't be blocked.






This big guy came lumbering out to lay on the warm desk to get the sun.


Bonnita finally got a change to ride my scooter and she loved it!  Very reasonable, only $25.00 to rent plus tax.

Here he is lying, basking in the sun while the egret & vulture looks around for food.




I hope you enjoy our Gatorland adventure and experience.  I highly recommend this Park.  We thank the Experience Kissimmee Team who sponsored our tour.  There is lots of food, gifts and shows to see.  We didn't get to see the gator wrestling but possibly another time for sure.  Please leave a comment for me as I love to get feed back on my blog posts.

Thanks again folks!
Bye for now,
Debbie, family and friends