Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby cfc » Fri May 20, 2011 8:22 pm

^Yeah, you should at least get time-and-a-half for working that day.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat May 21, 2011 4:36 am

BeemerBoy wrote:They won't even give you the last day on earth off? LAME.

As an atheist, I'd be pissed if I tried to go do something and it was closed because of The Rapture.

But yes, going to The Holy Land today would have been perfect. Alas.

Of course, we never confirmed Adam's availability, so I may not be the only problem.

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Postby BarryH » Sun May 22, 2011 2:30 pm

I should have went to the Holy Land Experience yesterday due to the Rapture, but instead I rented and watched "This Ain't Star Trek 2 XXX."

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon May 23, 2011 6:31 pm

If Central Florida is dominated by theme parks, then South Florida contents itself with mid-level animal attractions. This is yet another place we'd never even heard of until we started venturing south....

Butterfly World
Butterfly World was actually founded in 1998, by a gang of butterflies that were tired of migrating.
04P4219050.jpg long as your dreams involve butterflies, and not sex or money.
The entry lobby. Admission is $24.95 for adults.
It's arranged as a single path self-guided tour. Also worth noting, their FAQ is exactly one question long.
Here you can see how Butterfly World's animators draw and color the butterflies.
But enough science, let's get on with gawking!
There are lots and lots of butterflies in the picture. No, seriously. They're just hard to spot in a still photo. In person, flying around, it's actually quite impressive.
Ladies and gentleman, an butterfly!
If you like crazy signs, like I do, then really I can't recommend Butterfly World highly enough.
This type of butterfly in known as a Flower Humper.
There are also lots of butterflies in this photo. Look, just trust me on this. (Crap, this is the worst update ever.)
Bananas make you ugly.
The "Hanging Gardens" and Emerging area.
This leads to the second, larger butterfly aviary. (Or is an aviary just birds? I think it is, actually. Oh well.)
Butterflies. THEY ARE THERE.
Just keep this in your mind for the next photo of a walkway.
This path is wet for some reason. I guess that's okay; It was hot.
Wow, those are some expensive butterflies.
I like bridges.
There are no butterflies in this picture. But the flowers are nice.
People molesting butterflies are most certainly not reducing *my* enjoyment.
"Um, also please don't molest lizards. Very important."
There are, like, 20 photos of Misty in this update--but, for some reason, this is the only one of me.
Having left the butterflyatorium, we find ourselves outside.
And back into another aviary sort of thing.
Only it's an aviary for freaky flowers!
Yep, that's pretty weird.
I'm not touching that.
You can probably guess how this went.
The English don't make very nice roses.
Anther lorikeet feeding exhibit, another "not gonna happen" from Smisty. I'm never gonna live down the Parrot Mountain incident.
Insectarium? Now Misty is excited!
But...they're dead.
Oh wait, there *are* live ones! (It was hard to stay in here for long though, as there was no air conditioning in this part of the building.)
Holy crap! And this lady has no freaking idea!! This is the greatest, most horrifying thing ever!!!
An aviary, you say? Well, I like bridges.
"Rawk! Polly want a butterfly!"
Never say that our thread isn't educational. Also, why isn't this sign entitled, "Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds"?
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The cafe. We didn't eat here because it looked pretty standard/low rent. Plus, we were saving ourselves for Jaxson's.

The double doors on the right lead to the gift shop. The gift shop, however, does not allow photos inside. Which seems odd, because it's pretty standard crap, really.
When I inquired as to why photos were not allowed in the gift shop, I was told it was because they had some artwork up on the back wall from an artist who didn't want their work photographed. Now, I can respect that, I guess...but, the whole gift shop?

Anyway, here's a photo of said artist's work hanging in the lobby (where photos are allowed), next to a window that looks in at the gift shop. So...yeah.

But, other than that bit of pointless and slightly-offensive stupidity, I rather liked Butterfly World.
What did you think of Butterfly World, Smisty?
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Mon May 23, 2011 6:38 pm

This place is what my nightmares are made of.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Mon May 23, 2011 7:19 pm

^I thought your nightmare was a romantic evening with me.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Mon May 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Hmm...reminds me of the Butterfly Pavilion we have in Denver. Only this one is much larger.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby King_K. » Mon May 23, 2011 8:05 pm

Fantastic update! I'd really love to see you guys do the Lion Country Safari down here. That place is quite the gem.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Pirouettes907 » Mon May 23, 2011 9:46 pm


Yes, I looked up at my own ceiling when I saw this. Definitely don't think I'd be stepping foot in that room.



This might just be the best sign picture you've ever included in an update.

Also, I just checked the ceiling again.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby milst1 » Mon May 23, 2011 9:58 pm

Crazy butterfly captors. Let's enslave butterflies for Florida's enjoyment! Nice report.
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