Key Lime Pie & seasickness!

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
Trip End Nov 12, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, September 10, 2007

Got up early & went to buy our tickets for the 9.15am glass-bottom boat tour. Unfortunately we found it had been cancelled & we had to wait until the 12pm tour. So we went back to a really impressive visitor centre with a huge aquarium inside - both kids were fascinated looking at all the different fish, coral, anemones, shrimp etc. We watched a video & then the kids completed another Junior Ranger program & got a badge each. When we arrived at the boat dock for our tour, we found we were going in a smaller (non-air conditioned!) boat, rather than the usual big catamaran. The tour guide told us it may be a little rough out on the open Atlantic, but luckily I had taken 2 seasickness pills (I feel queasy going on the Inter-Islander back home!). We saw some beautiful white Egret birds on our way out, as well as some other sea birds drying their wings on the Mile Markers as we headed out into open water. To start with I thought 'Hey, this isn't too bad,' but once we got out into deeper water and by the reef, boy was that boat rocking & rolling...! Fred and the kids were fine, and had a great time looking down into the glass bottom & seeing all sorts of fish & coral (including Moon jellyfish which were quite large, and the evasive Barracuda). Me, I was very intent focusing on the horizon (as instructed by the first mate who saw me looking a bit green) and trying desperately not to be the first one to puke in the little grey plastic baggie. I didn't, some other poor tourist barfed, while I upheld the staunch Kiwi persona of being too tough to spew. However, I was very, very happy when we started heading back to shore!
Once back on the steadiness of the solid ground, we hopped in the truck, and drove to Mrs Mac's Kitchen, who according to the first mate, makes 'real' Key Lime pie (which is yellow) - not the fake green pie that they flog off to unknowing tourists. So we stopped there & I ran in and got us a pie - $12 for the whole thing, but it will last us two nights. Then on to Bahia Honda State park, which had smaller parking sites than we expected, but it was still nice. We were dogged by dark clouds and overcast skies, and once we had set up we headed down to the swimming beach (which was quite pretty with pale sand, palm trees & views of a broken rail bridge dating back to the 1920's) so the kids could snorkel. We had a few claps of thunder while in the water, and more dark skies, but it seemed to blow over quickly. We enjoyed our swim and the water which was lovely & warm compared to New Zealand beaches! Back to the RV for dinner - pizza, macaroni cheese & yummy Key Lime pie for dessert!
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