Sands of Islamorada
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... our trip back we got to see a rare
Otter in the mangroves. On our return home, Bogie was glad to see us.
Hope we can do this more often in the future...
- I need more night camera practice
to learn its capabilities/limitations.
- Eighteen foot aluminum canoes ...
... of the park and let her swim.
On Friday we visited the Dolphin Research Center. This center was originally started by Milton Santini in the 1940’s as a place to have dolphins rescued from sea mammal parks and aquariums. This is where the Flipper shows were filmed in the 60’s and many of the dolphins are descendants of Flipper. We spend 2 hours watching as trainers worked with the dolphins doing research and some visitors (who paid much $) interact ...
... Our plans included a water taxi and an excellent if noisy restaurant. It was a fun evening with good food and good company. It was made more enjoyable by the fact that we avoided the very, nasty traffic one finds in Fort Myers Beach during spring break courtesy of our water taxi.
We went to bed early that night knowing we had a BIG adventure ahead of us. This was going to be the first time traveling a long stretch on the Gulf all by our little selves and without the ...
... the Gumbo Limbo tree. I DO love that name. It sounds like some sort of dance entrée.
We shopped briefly in the ever-present gift shop and then had a small lunch in the parking lot in the Subaru.
On the way home, we stopped at Winn Dixie for groceries and then hit two gift shops to find a couple of tempting items. Oh yes, we did shop at a "Big K", too. Lynn bought ...
To walk off dinner we continue along Duval Street and pop into a little boutique where the owner is charm personified. After much banter including telling us, against our protestations, that we're locals and own a home here, he manages to persuade us that we really do need the shirts and trainers we've been looking at.
"Sure you live here!!" he continues. "You guys qualify for the special discount that residents get. It's 20% off everything and no tax right here in ...