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Florida Trip Report 2017

I’ve never been to Florida before so I was super excited! I got all the good luck stickers on my bags and I was ready for the new adventure!
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I arrived in Orlando and drove 2 hrs north to meet my friend in Geinsville.  Jamaican jerk chicken was delicioius!!
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This town reminded me of CA.  I met a lot of cool people through my friend all night!  And it was actually COLD there!!
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The live band was awesome too!
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The next day, we went to Ichetucknee state park. And first thing I saw was this warning… I think I still have 2 arms and 2 legs…
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The spring was beautiful!!
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72F all year long!
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The next early morning, I had a trip to see Manatees!! It was one of my bucket lists!
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It was a beautiful misty morning
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I saw them!!! They were so cute!!

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Then I went to Weechi Wachee to see mermaids!!
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This spring theatre is around for 65years! Beautiful show!
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I wanted to be a mermaid when I was little. This place is giving hopes and dreams for everyone.
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The next morning was the big day! I met a cancer survivor, Les at Devil’s Den!
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This place is a magical spot!

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If you are interested in scuba diving, you should get an open water certificate from this place. The instructor, Don was so friendly and supportive to my project. I highly recommend this place!

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Les is 52 years old and was born and raised in Maryland. He lives in Florida for the last 30 years. He is a 2 time cancer survivor (skin and lung cancer) He used to go scalloping every season. He says, “One reason I want to do this, if I can be truthful, is because I’m kind of worried about getting back underwater since I have only 1 1/2 lungs and no idea how long I can hold my breath anymore. The second reason is because I haven’t done anything just for me since cancer took my life and I don’t have any pictures of myself! I also want to make my daughters proud :)” Please reach his story and see more images from here!

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This cat, MAMACITA was so friendly! (or was just cold…)

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Les was a bit nervous in the beginning because of his lungs. After sinking for a couple of minutes, he got comfortable holding his breath. He did great underwater 🙂

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After the photo shoot, I wanted to visit Rainbow River near my Airbnb. SO beautiful here too!!

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The last day, I did a mermaid photo shoot at Devil’s Den! A mermaid Cynthia brought her 3 mermaid tails!!! So exciting!!

Please read her inspirational story and beautiful images from here!

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Successful day!

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To celebrate the successful photo shoot and amazing trip, I decided to have a fish sandwich and Tito soda 🙂

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For the last day, I wanted to end it with a beautiful sunset to be thankful for all the stuff I have in my life.

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BACK in the office! Gator gummies were super popular than the key lime coconuts!

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I’m already missing Florida…

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