This trip has really opened my eyes my eyes to a lot of things. I always considered myself a luxury traveler and stayed on the side of relaxation and exploration….leaving more thrilling adventures to Pete and the girls. Luxury travel to me is spa treatments, really nice accommodations, and good food, among other aspects.
I never added big adventures that get your blood pumping into our travels unless Pete initiated it. That changed this time, and I’m so happy to see how we can incorporate more of this into future travels.
Back to day 9…
We all woke up early and had breakfast. We enjoyed our balcony at our travel partner, Naples Bay Resort….all while I was secretly hoping that a manatee would pop up in the water.
This is a manatee area, and there have been many that have passed through these waters so I had high hopes. It didn’t happen on this day, but I’m not giving up hope. After seeing so many on our boat ride yesterday, I am just fascinated by them. They are gentle giants and amazing to see!
After a relaxing morning, we added some adventure to our day… see, we are already working it in more! We went on an airboat ride with Speedy’s at the suggestion of the captain of our boat ride yesterday.
I felt like I was on a ride at Disneyland. It was fast and slow and water splashed everywhere and I felt excited and scared all at the same time. There is something about knowing that there are sharks, crocodiles and alligators in the waters below you to create quite a range of emotions!
Our guide, Kevin was awesome and has been doing this for 17 years! He told us all about the local wildlife and where to see panthers, black bears and everything else you don’t want to come across while walking alone in the everglades. He also recommended that Emmy stay close to us while we explored outside the boat tour. Talk about making my eyes pop and my mommy heart go into extra drive!
Clearly she wasn’t a bit concerned!
She LOVED this… as did the other girls. I was so happy that they offered sound protectors… and I started cracking up when Emmy took hers off for the pictures. She didn’t want her hair to look crazy.
About 45 minutes into the hour long ride Emmy fell asleep. She does that at dinner on vacations too. I have no idea how anyone could sleep through this. It was a quick nap and five minutes later she was recharged and back in the action!
After all that fun, my knees were weak and I felt like I was still vibrating from the airboat ride. Totally worth it, but I went right back to our suite and took a shower to rinse off that Florida Everglade water. Then we headed to the pool at Naples Bay Club which is part of Naples Bay Resort.
We had so much fun in the lazy river and the family pool that has a waterfall! The adult pools are right next to these and there is a bar there too!
We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant and then we all went to bed early knowing that tomorrow is another big day! We are driving down to the Florida Keys! I am so excited to check another Kokomo song location! Key Largo here we come!!!
Here is our video of day 9:
Have you been to the Florida Keys?