Aug 13, 2007
Nov 12, 2007
The day started off with thunder & rain, but it didn't last long and the sun soon came out in full force. After a leisurely breakfast, we walked over to the Sand and Sea Visitor Center and the kids did another Junior Ranger program booklet. After that we all walked up to the old rail bridge (in the photos of Bahia Honda you can see the missing part of it) and got an awesome view over crystal turquoise water and the sandy Calusa beach where we have been going snorkelling/swimming. After staggering back to the 5th Wheel in the ferocious heat for lunch, we decided to try the Sandspur beach at the other end of the park. The water there was unbelievably warm, like the proverbial warm bath, but not so good for snorkelling as the waves were a little rough. So we went back to Calusa beach, where today it was like a picture postcard of the tropics - lovely clear, light blue water & no waves. We had a fantastic time snorkelling as a family - just the four of us floating & holding hands & looking at the odd fish swimming past. I saw the biggest fish I've ever seen outside of an aquarium - it was at least 50cm long and about 40cm tall! There was a small current sweeping us down the beach to a rock wall, and once there I discovered where all the fish were hanging out! All of us went down there (water was only knee deep in most places) and we were just awestruck by all the shoals of colourful fish that surrounded us. Josh spotted some type of Rockfish laying still on the sand - luckily we didn't stand on him by accident - we managed to get a really close look at him, as he wasn't going to swim away - we think that he thought we couldn't see him! Once we managed to pull ourselves out of the lovely warm water, we went back to the RV for dinner.