Well, I decided to do one more blog before summer vacation…What do you do with your grandchildren when they come to visit? People asked me this last week, what did you do with your four grandchildren for a week… ages three, six, eleven, and 12 1/2?
We could not work on making them future golfers this visit since the Diamond Dunes par 3 was closed. They spent a lot of time in our pool. We also go to the “big pool” at the Black Diamond Clubhouse.
We are fortunate to be part owners of a pontoon boat, and so we were able to take them out fishing and then swimming in Homosassa River springs area. Boat is a little too crowded for fishing! But granddaughter did catch a good size hammerhead shark-we released! We never got around to fishing in the ponds in Black Diamond, but have in the past. We would explore a fishing guide next time.
On the morning of Fourth of July, they went to the beach at Fort Island. I guess it was quite crowded and they spent maybe two hours there chasing crabs and playing in the sand and waves, which are quite tame compared to (their home) Myrtle Beach’s Atlantic Ocean waves.
The Crystal River Fireworks were okay… I think we will try the Inverness Fireworks July 3 next year.
Each night at dusk, weather permitting, we go out in the golf cart looking for bunnies around the Quarry holes. My granddaughter, when she was very young, loved bunnies so we started that bunny hunting tradition with her and continued with all three boys. And even my granddaughter who’s going to be 13 …still loves to go out and show her brothers how to quietly get close to a bunny. We set a new record this year, one night we saw 13 bunnies. We also look for a gator in the Quarry pond.
The afternoons that it rained, Mom took kids to a movie premiere in Ocala and Mom and Dad took them to Chuck E Cheese because they love to play arcade games. Bowling was a backup that did not have to happen but fyi it’s free for kids all summer at the Beverly Hills bowling alley.
The highlight of the trip for the older two, was scalloping. For the last two years, we hired a guide (Duane Tibbetts 352-302-5727) to take us to the scalloping site. What a beautiful day we had ! They were the best conditions we have ever had: sunny skies, scallops were in 4 foot waters and plentiful!
We tandem kayaked the Rainbow River (about 2.5 hours of paddling) and made time to swim at a “swim hole” where they dove into the river from a tree.(used Rainbow River Kayak and Canoe) It was a “been there done that” excursion for old grammy and poppy! But they can also go tubing and/or paddle boarding on the river in the future.
The two little boys had never been to the Alpaca Magic Farm (4920 W Grover Cleveland Blvd) so they made a quick trip to see the baby alpaca, feed them and buy alpaca wool souvenirs.
We had dinner at the Seafood Seller so the owner Jimmy could bring out a live soft shell crab and do his magic tricks! Kids loved it!
After a week with the grandkids, you know why God gives you children when you are young…they are hard to keep up with!
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