Friday, June 15, 2012


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Dolphin Dreaming
I was at the Dolphin Encounter pool when I saw this playful dolphin playing with basketball. I stopped for a while and observed the dolphin, and wonder what the dolphin may be dreaming. The dolphin here looks so much in a happy state. He was all alone, away from most of the dolphins who were entertaining the crowd at the encounter pool.

He tossed the ball, threw the ball and then swam to catch the ball again. Whenever he caught the ball back, he paused in such a dreamy stance like in the first picture. I don't think I have ever seen a sad dolphin, they always seem to sport such happy faces. I saw them in the wild most of the time, but my closest encounter of them always is at Sea World. 
The thought of becoming trainor of the day to play with the dolphins had crossed my mind several times. But I would always tell myself I will do it in Florida, where Sea World is much bigger than our Sea World here in San Diego. I have never been to Florida, though we had been planning to visit Florida's Key West and Everglades. What I love most to experience in Florida is the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and the richness of underwater life in Key West. While I was searching for some information for a possible vacation in Florida, I came across VISIT FLORIDA site which presently holds a promo called Florida's Three for Free Giveaway.
The Florida's Three For Free Giveaway is so unique because if you join the sweepstakes, you will have a chance to win three Florida Vacations. Why Three? Because there are so many ways to enjoy a summer in Florida, and one is never enough! The sweepstakes date runs from May 25, 2012 to June 30, 2012. What you need to do to join is to choose three vacation packages out of the 12. One grand prize winner will be selected which will win the three vacation packages of their choice. Another nine additional winners will be selected from each of the remaining vacation packages. The vacation packages include:
1. Swim with manatees in the wild, visit Homosassa Springs State Park, and stay at the lovely Plantation on Crystal River.
2. Splurge on tennis, cooking classes and a $250 shopping spree in luxurious Destin.  Spend four glorious days and nights on the Emerald Coast as a guest of Resort Quest by Wyndham.
3.  Explore Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton on bike and Segway, and go horse-surfing, on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
4. Thrill the family with a trip to LEGOLAND and its new Water Park, go zip-lining at Fantasy of Flight, and then unwind in serene Bok Tower Gardens, all in Central Florida.
5.  Be a space cowboy on Florida’s Space Coast, where you’ll learn to surf on Cocoa Beach, have lunch with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center, and round up cattle on horseback at Forever Florida.
6. Train dolphins with the pros at Miami Seaquarium, fall in love with the view from your hotel on Biscayne Bay, and explore historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
7. Be awed by The Breakers Palm Beach, legendary, idyllic and magnificent on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, and be pampered at its Spa.
8. Renew your glow with the ultimate spa-cation. In three days for two at PGA National Resort, rejuvenate in healing mineral pools, be massaged to your heart’s content, and enjoy the resort’s signature manicures, pedicures and facials.
9. Play on three championship golf courses at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, in historic St. Augustine, and celebrate golfing royalty at World Golf Hall of Fame.
10.  Make lifelong memories in a classic family beach vacation featuring the sugary sands of St. Pete Beach,  inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida sunshine, and a week-long stay at TradeWinds Island Resorts.
11. See Florida’s rich past come alive in St. Augustine, America’s oldest European-settled city. Explore Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, the St. Augustine lighthouse, the Pirate & Treasure Museum, and streets tred by Spanish conquistadors.
12. Chart a course to the Florida Keys for fantastic offshore fishing and four days of tropical luxury for four guests at Hawk’s Cay Resort .
It is easy to join, all you have to do is visit the site Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway, choose your three vacations like I did, and then, you click enter to join the sweepstakes. When you are done, you will get a congratulatory notice for joining the sweepstakes. 
What are the three vacation packages that I chose? I chose trainer for the day ( did I not mention above one of my wishes is to be trainer for a day?) sponsored by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens , swim with the manatee sponsored by Plantation on Crystal River, and natural Florida sponsored by Brandenton Area CVB/Ana Maria Islang Longboat Key Fl!  If I win, this will be surely a vacation of a lifetime, made more special because everything is free! You can also visit the VISIT FLORIDA on Facebook page to learn more about this exciting sweepstakes. 
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  1. wow! everything is free? how awesome is that?

  2. am sure you would make a very good trainer for the day because you love nature so much and nature loves you just as much! The dolphin photos are awesome! echoing twinzy on saying Wow!