My family and I returned from a family reunion/vacation late last night after visiting Cocoa Beach, Florida for a week. We had a great time though 20 people is quite a crowd. You should have seen me bodysurfing. I know the two finned animals a couple hundred yards further out enjoyed it – never did figure out if they were maneaters or just playful dolphins.
There are lots of great things to do in the area. We spent most of our time on the beach. After all, that’s why we went. The beach was calm enough for our three kids, 11, 9 and 6. They were all able to jump and play in the waves as well as play on the boogie board. We all enjoyed walking up and down the beach, collecting shells, walking down to the jetty where the cruise ships pass by frequently, as well as playful manatees and sea turtles. There’s also a great park where the kids spent some time playing. Then there’s the Ron Jon surf shop. I think the kids loved that place as much as anything else. Like all kids, they like souvenirs and Ron Jon has the greatest choice and quality.
But we couldn’t go to Cocoa Beach without making a few side trips. We had to go to nearby Kennedy Space Center. Since my dad worked on several of the Apollo spacecraft, we took the whole crew. We even paid extra for the up close and personal tour – I wouldn’t recommend it. We didn’t feel like it was worth the extra time or money. But at KSC, there were lots of great things for the kids to see and touch. The IMAX films were great as well as the other exhibits not to mention the several alligators we saw and bald eagle’s nests at the center.
Orlando is just an hour away and SeaWorld beckoned this year (we went to the Disney parks last year). I can’t say that SeaWorld is worth the money but the kids did have a good time. The dolphin show had to be the best though Shamu in “Believe” was a good production as well as the sea lion and otter show. There is one really nice roller coaster, maybe the best in Orlando.
But with all the fun, one song in particular kept coming to my mind. Surfing in the waves, you can’t help but notice that every wave is different, no two are the same. With all of the wildlife, the bald eagles, dolphins, sharks, alligators, manatees, turtles, whales…with all the the vastness of the ocean, I was reminded of how small I really am and how big the world really is. It is amazing. On one hand, it is so complex, yet on the other hand it is so simple. So organized yet so wild and raw and simple. All of this kept bringing one song to my mind. I hope you enjoy, eat two cookies and call me in the morning.