Day 4: Orange Beach to Orlando
Miles driven: 390
|At long last: our ultimate destination!
It took a lot of driving, but we finally made it to Orlando. Because we have friends who live there, we were anxious to get into town in time to meet them for dinner. Fortunately, traffic was moving, and we were able to get to Orlando with enough time to check in to our hotel (LaQuinta near Universal on Major Boulevard) AND survive an afternoon thunderstorm before meeting our friends for dinner.
Tourists that we are, we chose the restaurant for this dinner: NBA City at Universal City Walk.
|The moving sidewalks between the parking garage
and City Walk qualify as a ride in our book!
In front of the restaurant, the kids compared their hands to NBA players'.
|"Logo Man" looms large.
|How's the weather up there?
|Katie also tried on Sheryl Swoopes' hands for size.
|It was AWESOME to see our friends G&K! K was in
our singles group back in the day, and it'd been years
since we'd seen her and her husband.
|The basketball menu
Afterwards, we explored City Walk a little.
|She's a fan.
Palm trees, gorgeous sunset: Yep, we made it to Florida!
|Islands of Adventure (See Hogwarts on that horizon?)
It was a relief to finally be in Florida, and it was exciting to get a sneak peek into what the next two days would hold.