Lots of Water
Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
6Trip End Apr 21, 2012
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Today was a relaxation day. Had I known they would be working on the floor all day I would have found something for us to do other than what I had planned. Our plans for today were to go to the grocery store and get things for a picnic lunch and go across the street to the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and have a picnic, then walk the 20 minute nature trail. We went to Publix and bought a baguette, and a 1/4 pound each of dry salami, prosciutto,provolone and smoked gouda for our picnic.
This is the same Hugh Taylor Birch that gave his daughter, Helen, land for her home (Bonnet House )In 1893, he bought up three miles of oceanfront property in what is now Fort Lauderdale for less than $1.00 per acre
We had our picnic lunch in a picnic area right on the Intercoastal Waterway. It was a quiet spot with picnic tables, grills and a beautiful view. We heard a Water Taxi driver tell passengers on his boat that it costs $1000 a linear foot to repair the sea wall and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to pay for it.
After lunch, we found the short Nature Trail and hiked and saw a lot of the same things we had seen at Bonnet House. At the end, we came across a turtle laying her eggs. We froze and didn't disturb her until she scampered off back into the water. The Visitor Center is closed for renovation, so we didn't get to see the house, but we walk through the tunnel access to the Public Beach. We spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing until 5:00 when we had to leave for a sunset cruise.
Gondolas West offers different "ecotours" in a boat called ēCHO
After our tour, it was 7:45 and we hadn't eaten. The first restaurant we tried had a 50-60 minute wait-we left and tried another and could see from the outside that it was packed. The third we couldn't find, so we went to this hole-in-the wall pizza place down the street from our resort. I had a slice of pepperoni pizza that was better than anything I have had in my town, which boasts as being the most Italian town in America. Keith had a pastrami sandwich. They take pastrami, heat it up, slap a piece of cheese on it, put it on some thick cut Italian bread and then top it with a handful of French fries; next comes some barely wet coleslaw and a tomato! We were sitting at the counter and watched the cook make the orders. All the sandwiches and hamburgers are made the same way. We ended our day stopping at the ice cream place next door and getting a little ice cream. (I had frozen yogurt since i had cheese for lunch and dinner.)