Blogs by Nancy J Cohen
2/3/2009 8:53:34 AM
Nancy describes her visit to Leu Gardens and Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.
We had another great visit to Orlando, FL. This time we went to Harry P. Leu Gardens, one of my favorite haunts. Nearly 50 acres on the shores of Lake Rowena, this lush tropical garden features walking trails, a lakeside overlook, a historical home, and more. Members can attend classes and lectures that are held throughout the year. We started out strolling through the tropical stream garden to the overlook by the lake. Roaming along paths lined by shady oaks, gingers, tree ferns, palms, and flowering vines, we proceeded through the rainforest-like habitat.
At the lake, we watched an alligator sunning itself on a branch and a turtle swimming among the fish. Moving on, we crossed to the camellia collection, viewing an abundance of brilliantly colored blossoms in pinks, peaches, and reds. Azaleas were also in bloom, adding their deep pink hues. With the Spanish moss hanging from tall oaks, I felt more as though I were in South Carolina than in Florida. We passed by the Rose Garden into an area where chairs were set up for a later wedding. Crossing through the herb garden, butterfly section, and vegetable plantings, we headed for the old family cemetery on the grounds. The weather was delightfully cool and perfect for walking outdoors. We ended our visit by browsing in the gift shop.
The weather also cooperated when we went to Disneyís Animal Kingdom. This park also makes you feel as though youíre walking through a rainforest with its lush tropical vegetation. We went on the wild safari ride, seeing more species than ever before: rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, a cheetah, termite mounds, an ostrich, gorillas, and many more animals. Presumably this time of year is better because in the summer heat, the animals are more likely to lie under the shade where they canít be seen as well. At least, thatís been our experience. We attended the Festival of the Lion King show for the third time, a spectacular event with singers, dancers, acrobats, and a fire eater. Then we went to dinner in Lake Buena Vista at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and sat at hibachi tables where the food is prepared in front of you. Yum! It was too much to eat; I had leftovers to take home.
We returned to warm weather in Fort Lauderdale. Tonight a cold front is supposed to come through and the temperature will plunge. I got all my errands done and am getting caught up on paperwork before turning to my Work In Progress. Sadly, all vacations come to an end.
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