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


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!


Planning A Trip To Florida? Grab a 3 Bedroom Townhome for Only $125 a night!!

May 2013


Wow!! Global Resort Homes has an awesome deal right now for anyone traveling to Florida!!!

Snag this amazing 3 bedroom townhouse for only $125 per night! 

That's way cheaper than most hotels and you get 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and so much more!!!

The town home is located in a gated resort that has a fantastic club house as well!!

If we didn't just get back from Florida I would snatch this up in a heartbeat!!

Resort Amenities
Huge Pool Complete With Hot Tub
State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
Movie Theatre
Video Arcade
Internet Library
Flexible Meeting Rooms
Shuttle Bus Service to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios (local charges apply)

Rental Amenities

2 & 3 Bedroom Condos and 3 Bedroom Townhomes
Master Suite with King or Queen Size Bed and TV
Master Bathroom with Garden Tub and Separate Shower
Fully Equipped Kitchens with Breakfast Area and Formal Dining Area
One or Two Living Areas with TV, VCR or DVD Player
Washer and Dryer!! 
Hurry and check it out while you can! Let them know Mamas Spot sent you!

Road Trip Across America: Day 2 Daytona Beach!

May 2013


You can't go to Florida without seeing the ocean, so today we headed down to Daytona Beach for some sandy fun!

On our way there we passed by Daytona Speedway which you can take a tour of and even try the Richard Petty Experience.

Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to stop, but if you have some Nascar fans in your family I would definitely try to fit it into your trip.

Once we got to the beach it was a little more windy than we had thought it was, but we still wanted to try and have a good time.

It was the first time our kiddos had seen the ocean, and my little girl was super excited.

We stayed for about 3 hours and even though she was shivering by the end she didn't want to go.

She has spent probably 80% of this trip in some form of water, she definitely fits in here and she now says that she just wants to live on the beach. Laughing

My little boy however stuck one foot into our pool and decided that was enough, I can't even get him to take a shower!

He is definitely my little Utah boy. lol

Every time the waves from the ocean would start coming towards him he would run away.

He also decided he didn't like the sand touching him and he always had to be sitting in someones lap.

We have realized that while on vacation we have to prepare for at least one child not wanting to participate in the activities we do.

If you take kiddos on vacation always be prepared that you might have to walk away from an activity or cut it short if they get grumpy or decide they don't want to do it anymore.

All in all we had a great time though and we can't wait to visit one more beach while we are here.

If you have any recommendations please let me know! Smile


Road Trip Across America: Day 1 In Florida!

May 2013


Just in case you missed my post here, our family has vetured out on a roadtrip from Utah to Florida!

We are now in Florida and we are having a blast! Here is just a little peek into what happened on our first day.

We decided to go to LEGOLAND for my little boys 3rd birthday and he loved it!

It was so relaxing and nice. I was expecting a hetic theme park that was over crowded, but all we found was a the exact opposite!

If you want to have a relaxing theme park experience where you don't want to pull out you hair afterward LEGOLAND is the place for you!

I will be giving you a better inside look at our visit soon!

Wanna see what we will do tomorrow? Be sure to check back then!


FREE Alaska Travel Book! Great For Teaching! Also A Great Donation Item! (only 1 day left!!)

October 2012


Going to Alaska definitely isn't in our budget right now, but I would love to go sometime in the future!

To be completely honest it's never been a place I wanted to live, but I would love to just visit!

Right now you can grab an official Alaska State Guide Book! Because the budget doesn't allow it, I love at least looking at pictures of places.

Also I love using these to teach my little girl about other states. I recently received a travel guide for Maine and she loved looking at all the pictures and learning all about Maine!

This would also be a great FREEBIE to donate to a school!!

Hurry and head over here to grab your FREEBIE!


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