Day 18 Our stay at Vero Beach had passed all too quickly. Suddenly it was morning and time to leave. We got up around 9:30 and finished packing. I wanted to get some photos around the resort. So I headed off. I took some photos of the lobby first and then headed out to the pool area. After I had taken the photos there, I headed out to the front of the building, as I wanted to take a photo of the giant wreath in that area. A cast member saw me with my camera and offered to take a photo of me with the gator topiary. I took him up on the kind offer. I thanked him, took the photo I had come to take and then headed inside again. When I got back to the room, Graham and our luggage had gone. I headed down to the garage, but he was not there either. After a couple of trips up and down, we did catch up in the garage and we got going. We filled up the car on the outskirts of Vero Beach and then we headed towards Orlando. This time round, we did not have to stay on the Florida Turnpike for too long before we switched onto Highway 192. The first part we drove along was pretty grim with pawnshops and bail bondsman at every corner, but everything beats the Florida Turnpike. Soon enough we entered the tourist areas with motels, gift shops, restaurants and some low-key attractions. We took a little detour as Graham wanted to show me downtown Kissimmee. Unfortunately there is a lot of construction going on in the area. There were a lot of diversions and nowhere to park. So we just took a loop around the area and then pushed on. I have to admit though that I liked what I saw. It was kind of a real life Main Street USA and I would definitely not turn down the opportunity to come back to do some exploring. Our next destination had been on my bucket list for a while and I was glad that I finally had the opportunity to cross this off. We were heading to the town of Celebration. I got a pretty good first impression while we were driving round trying to find a parking spot and I loved what I saw. We managed to find a paring spot near the Celebration Hotel and then went exploring. The first order of the day was getting some food. We ended up at Starbucks. Graham had a Caramel Brûlée Frappuccino, a spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & egg breakfast sandwich and a slice of lemon pound cake. I had an iced Chestnut Praline Latte, a spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & egg breakfast sandwich and a slice of chocolate marble cake. This definitely hit the spot. After we finished our brunch, we went exploring. I took some photos of the Christmas tree and then we headed past the Celebration hotel to the lake that is behind it. When we got about halfway around it, there was a path leading to some woodland, we headed down this path and this led us to a chain of lakes. We saw plenty of birds and some turtles. We were just debating if we should push on to the next lake when one of the locals came up to us an asked us if we were looking for alligators. We were not really, but she said that there was one not far away and offered to show it to us. So we took her up on the offer. The gator in question was not fully grown and was lying on the bank of the lake sunning itself. It was neat to see. We thanked our guide and said goodbye. We hung around a little longer and then retraced our steps. When we came back, we went around the other side of the lake that was closest to the woodland. There was an island near that side and there were turtles and quite a big gator.