Lots of Water

Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
Trip End Apr 21, 2012

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blessed silence great us as we are relaxing in our room. All afternoon, they have been doing renovations on our floor and there has been hammering, sawing, pounding etc for hours,

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. He called the property Terramar and built a winter homestead. Terramar is a play upon words meaning land and sea. The home he built in 1940 on his remaining land to the north of Bonnet House now serves as the park's Terramar Visitor Center. Birch gave the land to the state to preserve the natural habitat.It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway.

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. It is a six passenger luxury electric motor boat. It was very comfortable and our 1 1/2 hour tour actually lasted a little over 2 hours. We went through the Intercoastal Waterway and into some of the canals. The ride was lovely and we saw some beautiful homes and yachts. It is a part of Fort Lauderdale that I would thin few tourists see.

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.)
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Waha on

You have some lovely photos Nancy. Looks like the homes are growing out of the water. And the sunset is gorgeous.

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