I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Well to be honest, I’ve been back for a couple of days but I needed to recoup from my vacation.
Where did my family wander off to you may ask? Naples, Florida, to spend time with my adopted uncle. We drove there and back. That’s twenty hours one way. It was rough but a cool experience that we don’t ever want to do again. Lmao.
The first day we went on a hike through the cypress swamps in the Everglades. This was a really cool experience offered by the National Park Service for free. They do it once a week during their dry season but you have to sign up for it ahead of time.
All the times I’ve gone to Florida, I had never seen a manatee. This trip was Mission Manatee and did we ever succeed! The welcome center to the Everglades had spotted manatees recently so we hung out until they popped up. Manatees are hard to photograph as all you essentially see is their little nostrils pop up and sometimes their tail as they dive back down.
Day Two, we went deep sea fishing in Ft. Lauderdale. Unfortunately, the Gulf of Mexico has been experiencing a red tide in recent months so that forced us to drive to the other side of the tip of Florida. Deep sea fishing is on Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes bucket list, so we had to make it happen.
Day Three we did your usual Florida tourist thing and rode an airboat and took a swamp buggie tour. It was my first time doing the swamp buggie tour. It was pretty cool. The guide was very informational and we saw a ton of birds. To everyone’s surprise, we saw manatees AGAIN. But this time….there were BABY manatees! I lost my shit.
Day Four a storm rolled into town and made it a little difficult to do any touring. So, my uncle threw out the idea of family tattoo therapy and the mister and I jumped right on that.
Day Five we attempted to go to Ten Thousand Islands but the storms kept rolling through. The water was choppy and the island we stopped on started flooding, so that was exciting. We did find a random boardwalk into the swamps on the way back so we did a little more exploring in the Everglades.
Day Six was the day we started our journey back to Michigan. We spent the night in Chattanooga, Tennessee and took a quick trip to Ruby Falls first thing in the morning before we took off again. ($20 per person is definitely worth the experience. It’s a waterfall inside of a mountain folks!)
What have you fine folks been up to in my absence?? How did the holidays treat you??