Road Trip Across America: *Day 3* Tears, New Adventures and One Of My Favorite Things In Florida!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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If you missed our day 1 or day 2 make sure you catch up! This is the story of our epic 4,500 mile journey across the country to and from Utah to Florida...

Day three turned out to be full of surprises, the day started with us thinking it would just be a pool day and it ended up being so much more!

We got a call in the morning from Kissimmee Guest Services and they wanted us to be able to experience the "Real Florida" to be honest I wasn't sure what that meant.

Then we were told that we would be able to ride on an airboat and see alligators and all sorts of Florida wildlife.

I was incredibly excited at this prospect, I have been on boats before but not one like this.

All 8 of us headed over to Boggy Creek Airboats for our new adventure!

The first thing I noticed was how friendly their staff was, you can tell they love their jobs and they want you to have the best experience possible.

While we waited to get on our boat they set us up with a funny photo opp.

My little girls head is inside of an alligators mouth.

Now normally I wouldn't find that funny, but it wasn't real (obviously) and she dug deep that day into her dramatic self, and really hammed it up. Laughing

(I haven't had a chance to scan it into my computer yet, but I will share it with you later)

After the photo my little boy started to get more and more reserved and I started to get a little nervous about how he was going to react about getting on a boat.

Unfortunately little 3 year old's can be sooo... unpredictable. Like I had predicted in my head as soon as he had to put a life vest on he started freaking out.

Then he continued to cry once we tried to put the ear protection on him. The last thing I wanted, was to have to sit out this adventure to sit on the sidelines with an unhappy 3 year old.

When you toddlers you have to prepare to miss out on fun activities, just part of being a parent. Tongue out

We decided to try and distract him and to keep things moving along.

We asked our awesome tour guide if he gets a lot of crying kids on the boats, and he responded yes, but most fall asleep within the first few minutes.

And sure enough he was out after 4 minutes!! If you need your kid to fall asleep, just get on an airboat! haha!

So beautiful!

I wanted my little boy to see all the wildlife, but to be honest it was must nicer to have a sleeping boy than a crying one.

I really didn't know what to expect from an airboat ride, but the few things that I was expecting were wrong!

You see riders wearing ear protection and you think that it's going to be extremely noisy, but it's really not that noisy.

One thing that does come in handy is sunglasses, I would recommend wearing a pair since it is a little windy when the boat is going.

The biggest surprise was how relaxing it was! It's so peaceful and calm even when the boat is going.

I was also shocked at how many alligators there are, the waters we were in were home to 8,000 alligators!

It was no surprise then when we instantly came upon several of them, what an awesome experience for a family from Utah that normally only can see them at the zoo!

We also saw plenty of beautiful cranes, wild cattle and more! My little girl was just soaking up the whole ride with a smile on her face the whole time.

Our tour guide had so much information for us, it was fascinating to learn about all the animals and about the area.

Once we are back on land (and I was wishing we could go again Smile) the fun didn't stop!

We then got the awesome opportunity to hold a baby alligator. I think that was my daughters favorite part.

I also joined in the fun, I mean how often do you get to hold a baby alligator?

I love how soft their little bellies are, can you tell I'm an animal lover?

Now if alligators are not your thing, don't worry you can keep you distance and still have a great time.

There was another mom on the boat with us who was terrified of alligators, but she absolutely loved the boat ride!

They also have 1 hour night tours that would be awesome to check out!

If you are looking for an adventure you will never forget, something that is both relaxing and thrilling you will want to visit Boggy Creek Airboats!

Must haves for your Airboat Ride:

:: Camera (beware that it could get a little bit of water on it)

:: Sunblock is a must anywhere in Florida! 

:: Binoculars

:: Tip Money - the tour guides work really hard to make this an awesome experience and tips are appreciated.

:: Bug Spray - I thought this would be a necessity, but I honestly didn't see very many bugs, but to be on the safe side Laughing

I want to thank Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and Kissimmee Guest Services for giving us this wonderful opportunity that our family will always remember!

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About Mamas Spot

We are a family of four that left it all behind to go travel the world. No, literally we left it all. We sold all of our possessions, packed what we could into four suitcases and said goodbye to suburban life. All we own is now pulled behind us as we travel to new and exciting destinations. Showing our kids the world and teaching them about new cultures, food, and ways of life is now our 9-5.

We love watching our kids learn, and learning along side them. Together we have now explored many new countries, visited family on the other side of the world, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Welcome to our journey!