April 22, 2010

Last Night in FL

SOO it's 11:47 PM and I should be sleeping, but no of course on the last night here in Florida I am too hot to sleep!

These past two weeks have been very nice and I'm excited to get back home. I miss the horses, alpacas, family, and just the familiarity of my home town. I'm not to excited knowing that when I go back Ranger might have left already. This is something I just have to live with knowing that I will probably see him next winter.

Since I told you guys about the parasailing and dolphin tour I feel like I should elaborate on the AMAZING time I had!!!

First off was the wave runners dolphin tour. It started at 11 AM and ended at 1 PM. I was hoping that I would be able to drive the wave runner, but come to find out I needed a picture ID, which I only had my paper liscense at the time. I attempted to ask if my school ID would work but that didn't get me very far. So after a crash course on how to stay on and steer I got on with my mom and Tia hooked up with Mem. I must say I was a little nervous at first, not knowing how well my mom would handle something like this. But come to find out? Both Mom AND Mem ended up going 55 MPH!!! It was really exhilerating and relaxing. We saw a dolphin and a baby dolphin, and a spotted eagle ray, which was really cool!

After the wave runners it was time for parasailing! Mem and Tia went up first while I got to chill with the super cute deck crew :D We got 12 min up in the air, 1200 feet of rope, and we were dipped into the water twice which was really funny!!! While I was up in the air, it didn't even feel like we were parasailing, I expected something of an adrenaline rush, but nothing of the sort happened. It was so peaceful and sureal up there.

Well I am starting to feel a little less hot and starting to feel tired. I shall post more once we get onto our Maine soil =)

A picture of me and my mom just before going para sailing! Tuns of fun!

Thanks for reading!!!

P.S. Sorry for spelling I don't have my glasses on :D

April 17, 2010

Florida Vacation =)

So for once the sun isn't shining outside and it is cloudy so I told myself I NEEDED to sit down and tell about my Florida Vacation of 2010, for those few members that actually read my blog =D

So my mom, mem'ere (grandmother), two sisters, and I left for Florida on Thursday night, night of the 8th. Since flying was such a rediculous price, we decided to drive my mom's new Honda Rogue down to FL. Let me tell you, with two big suitcases, one small suitcase, cooler, and nick knacks that we couldn't put in the suitcases, it was not a very comfortable ride. To top it off Thursday morning I woke up to a 100.4 tempature, dry heaves, and body chills! I KNOW! I was so upset but I had been waiting for this trip since January and I wasn't going to let a little bug make me stay home. So I had my mom pick up some doctor masks for me to wear until I was feeling better, luckily no one got what I had.

So the ride was okay on the way down, not much to see or do. Since myself and older sister have our liscense that was 4 people driving down instead of just two. There was only one night when someone fell asleep at the wheel but I was up with Mem (who was driving) and it was only for a second, but thank god it was a safe second. We were looking for a place to pull over and it was 5 miles away so we rushed there, and I took over driving after that.

Once getting to FL we dropped older sister off at another town so she could visit a good school friend and we were off to Ft Myers Beach.

The first day consisted of setteling down and getting groceries and hanging by the pool. Day two in the morning my mom, Tia, and I went down for a walk on the beach to see what was there. The beach has a reserve that has some really nice birds and MARSH BUNNIES! Let me tell you they are so cute!! Kind of like a cross between a bunny and gopher :D

So day two, again, consisted of being at the pool. Actually most days have been like that XD. Tuesday we went to Busch Gardens which was SO MUCH FUN! The weather never got above 80 F, there was a nice breeze, and almost NO LINES! Tia and I rode most of the rollar coasters twice and never waited longer than 5 min in line. (Pictures to come)

We have spent 2 full days at the beach. The first time we had the luxury of seeing a manatee. It was swimming relatively close to shore and it was fun to watch it swim really fast. Last time we were in FL we went swimming with the manatees so it wasn't such as a shock of seeing one for the first time, but still it was nice. The second day we spent fully on the beach, we saw a group of dolphins, which consisted of a cute baby that was just having fun jumping out of the water. At that time I didn't have my camera but the second time around I got a quick picture of a fin, I know but still its a picture XD

Next on the agenda is to go parasailing and go to butterfly world! Will keep you posted on daily activities and stories XD

Thanks for reading!!

April 4, 2010

North American Alpaca Show

This weekend (April 1st-April 4th) Misty Acres Alpaca Farm participated in the North American Alpaca Show. We took a total of 10 animals from our farm. We also had 8 other alpacas from 3 other farms with us. Misty Acres is also apart of Alpaca Center of New England (ACONE) which is a group of 4 alpaca farms that work together to help improve the alpaca industry. ACONE <-- the site.

So the show was in Springfield, Mass and it was a 2 day show. It was run on Friday and Saturday while Thursday and Sunday were check in and out days. On another day I will write how an alpaca show operates for everyone's information :)

So just in case people want to know how Misty Acres Alpaca Farm did here were the current standings:
Out of 10 animals that we brought and 1 that we co-own:
Expresso: 1st
Teddi: 1st
Tux: 4th
Noelani: 3rd

Now some people may look at that and think that those are okay standings, but for us as the owners we were ecstatic. The show consisted of roughly 800 alpacas, about 15 alpacas per class (alpaca shows are split into classes of color and age) and we are competing against some farms that have over 100 alpacas to choose from for their showing stock, while our farm has roughly 47 alpacas at this point in time.

SOOO the show was amazing! We had roughly 15 people show up to help with out group and it was a blast!

Well thats the cap for this weekend :)