From the Holy Land to the UnHoly

Trip Start May 25, 2011
Trip End Jun 28, 2011

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Where I stayed
Lazy Z Ranch
What I did
Sightseeing, and partying

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Up early (not sure if I’m ready to get up yet) but we all needed to get John to work on time, pick up our rental car and Adrienne get to work. 

The morning ran smoothly including getting our rental car.  We showed up at Alamo, and they offered us a upgrade vehicle for only $11 more per day.  We declined the upgrade, then went to the Alamo parking area to pick up our rental and the lady at the service area told us to choose any car in a specific row.  She added that it didn’t matter what size car it was.  We choose a charcoal grey Chevy HHR Cruiser. 

We headed out for the Holy Land Experience.  It wasn’t Disneyland, but they did an excellent job.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

About the Experience

The Holy Land Experience brings together the sights and sounds of the world of the Bible in a unique and interactive way unlike anywhere else.

It is a living, biblical museum that takes you 7000 miles away and 2000 years back in time to the land of the Bible. Its combination of sights, sounds, and tastes will stimulate your senses and blend together to create a spectacular new experience.

But above all, beyond the fun and excitement, we hope that you will see God and His Word exalted and that you will be encouraged in your search for enduring truth and the ultimate meaning of life.

It's Educational

There are many wonderful things to learn at The Holy Land Experience. From the moment you pass through the gates of our walled city, you will be immersed in ancient Jerusalem. The structures and exhibits characterize the style, architecture, and settings that existed in the Holy Land 2000 years ago. The Garden Tomb, Qumran Dead Sea Caves, Great Temple and Plaza, Jerusalem Model, and Wilderness Tabernacle are all intricately detailed, both inside and out, to provide you with a clearer understanding of their biblical significance.

It's Inspirational

Imagine entering an exact replica of the Garden Tomb where the body of the Lord Jesus Christ was buried. In reverence, you approach the tomb where He emerged victorious over death. Then at the grand entrance to the Temple Plaza, walk under a massive archway and behold the gleaming white stone plaza surrounding you with its thirty Roman columns crowned with gold capitals. All this grandeur majestically frames the imposing Great Temple, the place held in highest reverence among the Jewish people. It is a truly breathtaking representation of the Temple that once stood on hallowed Mount Moriah in 1st century Jerusalem.

It's Theatrical

Our musical team "Century" will recount many of the events that transpired during this pivotal period of human history. Recreations of the ministry of Jesus, stories from the Old Testament, miracles and triumphs, and the story of musical praise through the ages will all move your spirit and emotions in praise to our Lord God.

It's Historical

The history of the Bible comes alive through presentations by our Biblical Archaeologists as they describe the significance of the Garden Tomb, the Qumran Caves, the Great Temple, the layout of the city of Jerusalem, and much more! And The Scriptorium: Center for Biblical Antiquities will take you on an incredible journey through the pages of history to learn how we can have the Bible today in our own language.


After the Holy Land we headed back to where John worked and  met Adrienne.  She dropped off their car and jumped in with us.  We headed to Tandy Leather so she and Dave could pick out a leather strap so she could make a new belt for Dave.  His current belt was made by her over 15 years ago and is on it’s last mile or so.

At 5pm we met John at Cracker Barrel for dinner.  We had the best waitress I have ever met.  She took the meal order for all 4 of us without writing down one thing.  When the meal came out it was perfect. (Well almost, the next day I remembered that I didn’t get my hashbrown casserole (:-<).   

After we finished dinner Adrienne and I ran off to Tiffany’s house for a bachelorette party for Adrienne.  What a nice group of friends Adrienne has.  We stayed there for about an hour then we carpooled to “Howl at the Moon”  Night club.  Howl at the Moon in Orlando is rocking International Drive! their high-energy dueling pianos and amazing events makes them a party spot in city of Orlando!

There were 2 piano players who were comedians too.  The back of the stage had two large mirrors.  For just one progressive dollar they will write anything up on the mirror for you.  (1st request is $1.00,  2nd request is $2, and 3rd request is $3 and so on.  )  Every time someone places a request for their comment to be put on the board, the previous comment is erased and replaced with the new request.  What a gimmick, but it was real cute idea.

Adrienne being a bachelorette for the evening was asked to come up front and help the two pianist with a song.  It was about her and her 3 previous boyfriends.  The  song was about Tom, Dick, and Harry and how she eventually dropped Tom and Harry, but stayed with Dick.  I won’t share any more then that because it gets a bit risqué.  We all had a good laugh, and by looking at the pictures you can see how Adrienne took it all in stride too.


Around 11pm we left there and headed for Alligator Alley, a country Western Bar.  It wasn’t crowded, but boy was it LOUD!!!!  We all got in a bit of line dancing and a few more drinks.  We finally left about 1:45-ish and headed back to Tiffany’s place.  Adrienne and I headed for home.  Wasn’t sure about what time we got back home (John noticed that it was 2:30am) but it was late….errr early in the morning.

Goodnight to everyone…..

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