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Unread 12 Feb 20, 12:21 PM  
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The Incredibles take a vacation - Feb 2020- Day 5 Crystal River (Sanaa)

It was a tough start this morning. Dash was definitely feeling the effects of the preceding days and was not happy about getting up. We were a few minutes behind schedule, but managed to get on the road just after 7 and I knew they could have a sleep in the car. Breakfast was a pain au chocolate that Id bought from home. Despite missing a turn off, we made it to Crystal River on time.



It was pretty warm this last few days, so our Captain (Irish Dave) wasnt sure how many manatees wed see. We got lucky. There can be hundreds around when its cold, but there were still 10-15 around even though it was warm enough for them to have left the spring. Mr I was indeed Incredible as he swam with Dash on his back. Violet did fab and was so independent snorkelling off on her own. She was really excited when she saw the manatee around her. It was the most amazing experience as I lay there and a mother and calf swam right towards me. They missed me by an inch and swam underneath. Just magical. I really recommend River ventures and captain Irish Dave, definitely worth doing if youre over here in the cooler months and it was great to learn about them too.




We got on the road and headed back towards Orlando. Lunch was at a Wendys in a service station and was actually really good. Then onwards to our air boat reservation. Again Violet was beaming from ear to ear as we headed out on to the swamp. We saw bald eagles and lots of other birds, turtles, fish and of course plenty of alligators. Violet spotted one that captain a Chris had missed. He was so impressed with her that he promised to name the next female gator after her ( there was a juvenile female awaiting naming). She was obviously made up with this.
Another fabulous day.





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We dropped the mustang back at dolphin and managed to get back to the hotel in time for showers. We really felt like swamp people so needed to freshen up before dinner. We had a 7:40 ADR at Sanaa. It was nice to be eating in what felt like a proper restaurant. Mr I got the Braaivleis platter and I went for Mozambique chicken. Violet had butter chicken. DAs just wanted the Mac n cheese side order, but we got him a cheeseburger too. He just wasnt very hungry and as Violets dish was soooo small, she had some of his burger. I tried some too- out of greed that I think not us back later.

The dessert were the star here. I got the candy bar which was delicious. It looked and tasted like a posh mars/bounty hybrid. Mr I got the chakalaka poached pear which was also yummy. Exhausted we headed off to bed. We were sleeping well when I woke with a bad stomach at midnight. Followed by Violet at 2am being sick on the bed. Im guessing it mustve been Dashs burger as thats the only thing that the two of shared that no one else did. Hoping that its short lived.

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Oh no, I hope that you are all recovered from the burger. Not what you want to end what looks to have been a lovely day.
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Wow! Glad you had such an amazing experience! It truly looks awesome shame you were poorly look forward to reading more
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A great day shame you and Violet were Poorly hope it soon passed


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Unfortunately Sanaa is now firmly off my recommendation list! My poor baby girl was really sick and shes a real trooper most of the time. Shes desperate to get back on with it and its a bit annoying when you lose a day of your holiday over theses things, fingers crossed for a better day today.
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Unfortunately Sanaa is now firmly off my recommendation list! My poor baby girl was really sick and shes a real trooper most of the time. Shes desperate to get back on with it and its a bit annoying when you lose a day of your holiday over theses things, fingers crossed for a better day today.
Oh no, poor thing. I hope that it doesn't spoil the trip.

Do let the hotel/restaurant know so that they can make sure it doesn't happen again.
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