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Glendale’s Florida Vacation (I went too!)

Glendale’s Florida Vacation (I went too!)

At the end of February, Glendale traveled to Florida. He brought his little sister (Aris), his friend (Kare), and my family.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Getting ready to fly! From left to right: Glendale, Kare, and Aris.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Glendale getting ready to take off from Atlanta! (Neither of us liked that airport very much. Too busy.)

 

After landing in Tampa, we had to drive to Saint Petersburg where our hotel was.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Aw, Aris and Glendale spending some sibling time together in the car.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
That’s Tampa Bay in the background.

 

The next day we got stuck in traffic (very, very common in Florida apparently) on the way to Sanibel Island to go shelling.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Sunrise on the drive there!

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Here’s me looking for sea shells. I’m probably thinking about my characters.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Glendale with a weird inflatable blue gorilla holding a car on the way back to the hotel.

On the way back to the hotel from Sanibel, we stopped at a place where you were supposed to be able to see manatees.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
No manatees. We only saw these little lizards. They were everywhere in Florida.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
This tree looked very fantasy-like. Don’t you love the Spanish Moss?

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Glendale decided to climb the fantasy tree. It had a sign that said, “Do not climb.” He’s not usually that rebellious. Not counting the fact he’s part of a rebellion…

The following day, we went to Busch Gardens. It poured the entire time we were there. Lesson learned, you cannot dry tennis shoes with a hairdryer.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Before Busch Gardens we saw this squirrel in a palm tree. If you live in Ohio (or somewhere without palm trees), you’ll understand why it’s funny.

 

We visited a botanical garden (and stayed dry) the next day.

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Guess what these are! Figs! They grow right on the branches of the tree.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Trivia time! What kind of fruit grows on this plant?
a. bananas
b. jack fruits
c. pineapples

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Oh look, another lizard!

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Treebeard lives in Florida. At least, during February. (See, I’m not entirely uneducated in Lord of the Rings! =P)

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Spot the lizard! (Hint: he’s on the right.)

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
This is me pretending to be scared. We always take pictures like this on vacation.

 

The next day, we drove to Orlando to go to Sea World!

Glendale's Florida Vacation
I was bored, okay? It was a long drive to Sea World from our hotel in Saint Petersburg.

Glendale's Florida Vacation--Sea World

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation--Sea World
Glendale was glad we didn’t sit in the splash zone for any of the shows. He was afraid he would drown.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation--Sea World

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation--Sea World
Glendale was very excited about watching the Shamu show! (excited for a usually rather stoic person)

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation--Sea World

 

Sadly, it was time for our vacation to come to an end. But the morning before we were supposed to fly home (note “supposed to”), we went back to Busch Gardens and stayed dry!

Glendale's Florida Vacation
This coaster is called Cobra’s Curse. The tower on the left is the elevator that takes the car to the top of the ride. The track isn’t connected in a loop! The cars also spin, so you wind up riding backwards a few times. It’s really fun!

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
This is Cheetah Hunt. There’s no chain up a hill, it shoots you with air, so you go from a standstill to 60 mph or so in a couple seconds! It even goes upside down! I rode it three times.

 

Glendale's Florida Vacation
Another view of Cheetah Hunt.

 

And then we sat in the airport, realized we couldn’t go home that day, got irritated, and finally got to a hotel. We flew home the next morning, with no more (major) mishaps. Except running through the Atlanta airport from one terminal to the other while having to go to the bathroom.

Now, for the most important things to remember when you go to Florida:

  1. Buy ponchos in advance if there’s a possibility of rain. It will save you tons of money. (My mom did this, and boy, we needed them!)
  2. The Atlanta Airport is incredibly huge and busy, avoid it at all costs.
  3. Even if you go to another state, your characters will follow you.
  4. Add 45 minutes to the projected drive time and then it will be accurate.

Glendale’s vacation tips:

  1. Riding around in a pink purse isn’t very dignified.
  2. Be sure to remind your author to actually take you places. Because she’ll forget.
  3. Take your author somewhere around water and she’ll come up with new ideas.

 

I hope you enjoyed all the pictures!

Allison Grace blogs at allisongracewrites.com

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome!

My name is Allison and I love writing! (You never would have guessed that on your own. 😏)

 

Who exactly am I?

Currently, I’m a homeschooled high school senior from Ohio. I live with my two awesome parents and my super cool brother. We have two cats (Oreo and Simon) and a dog (Reese).

Our cat Oreo and Reese the dog.
Oreo observes Reese the day we brought her home.
Our cat Simon
Simon stares wistfully off into the distance.
Reese the dog. Isn't she cute?
Aww. Isn’t she just the cutest?

When I’m not writing, I can be found reading, doing school, crocheting, and practicing flute.

I also love watching TV with my brother. We both are huge Star Wars fans.

 

You might be thinking, “All that is utterly fascinating, but what on earth do you actually write?”

I’m glad you asked!

I primarily write non-magical Christian YA fantasy. I’m disappointed in the selection of fiction available for teens. So many are full of language, romance, and other inappropriate content. 🤮

So, I’m committed to writing clean, worthwhile fiction that glorifies God and is enjoyable to read.

You can read all about my medieval fantasy, Checkmate, here.

I’ve dabbled in poetry and fan fiction, but I love fantasy. (No, I have not finished reading Lord of the Rings. Shame on me.)

Some of my favorite authors include: Jaye L. Knight, Carly Davis, C.S. Lewis, Jaye L. Knight, Jaquelle Crowe, Nadine Brandes, and did I mention Jaye L. Knight?

 

And now, the purpose of this blog.

First and foremost, I want this blog to honor God. I don’t want to be consumed by the number of email list subscribers, the number of comments, how many likes I might receive. I want to be focused on honoring Him above all else.

I don’t want leave a legacy. I just want to be a light for Jesus.

This blog is also for you, my dear reader. It’s for you to learn about writing, about books, all from a Christian perspective. I sincerely hope it fulfills that purpose.

And finally, it’s for me to get my writing out there. For me to make connections and learn more about the writing craft.

I hope this blog serves its purpose and is a blessing to you! ❤

 

Where’s Glendale?

I have crocheted a few of my characters. I thought it would be fun to pose them doing random things or visiting various places. Keep an eye out for them in future posts!

glendale enjoying the snow

Glendale enjoying the first snow here in Ohio.