I know, not my best fairy so far, but I had every bit as much fun making it as any of the others!
(Although I am a little sad about the dark, heavy wing that the poor thing has. I don't know how high a guy can fly with a wing like that)
My trip to Cocoa Beach was more of a pit stop than a visit. After leaving our luggage in Ft Lauderdale and having to drive from Orlando to fetch it, and right back again, I thought I needed to treat myself to a view of the ocean, no matter how quick the stop was.
These are shells that I gathered up in a few minutes while taking a break from the drive. It was only a slight detour, and worth the added time in the car. Anytime I can wriggle my toes in the salt water, I'm pretty dang happy.
I parked at Beach Place resort, to check it out. My sisters and I are going to stay there in October and I wanted to see it in person to make sure it was where we wanted to be.
Great choice!! It is lovely. The manager was kind enough to let me hang out for a while and walk around to explore, then traipse along their beach. I wasn't there long, we had dinner reservations in Orlando and now that I had the lost luggage, I was determined to put on some clean clothes and some makeup before going out.
We were dining at the Citrus Club, downtown Orlando and there was no way I was going to be late for a fancy night on the town!
The next morning, my husband had to be in Tampa, so we headed out nice and early. I was trying to plan what to do with my day while he worked, when it occurred to me that Weeki Wachee Springs was not that far away from where he would be.
And I'd been in the car so much already that I was in road trip mode anyway, what's another two hours?
So, I dropped him off and drove myself up north and went to watch the sirens of the seas.
When I was about six years old, we visited here and I've tried to get back to see it again since then, but it has never worked out.
I had time to watch one performance, and it just so happened to be "The Little Mermaid" which is a favorite story of mine, and of Sugarwings. I really missed her that day. I was having a great time being a tourist on my own, but she sure would have been a wonderful traveling companion that day.
This is a state park, it is $13 to get in, and once you are in, the boat rides, water park, and show are free. The water park is spring fed, crystal clear water and I was wishing I had time to dive in and play mermaid myself.
Before the performance started, they showed old movies of early shows from the 40s and 50s. The place has not changed much at all. The mermaids might dress a little different, but it is basically what I remember. Not that I was there in the 40s or 50s! My trip was probably about 1964.
I have to admit, I got a little teary watching it. Thinking about going there with my mom and dad, and how magical I thought it was as a child. I didn't realize just how much this show had influenced my life, until being there brought it all back. I'm a big believer in magic and mermaids, because as kiddo, I was shown that they are REAL. I spent a life time pretending to be a mermaid under water, every time I'd go for a swim, I'd try a few fancy moves.
And that hasn't changed. I still love swimming like a mermaid in swimming pools with my grand kids.