Lots of Critters

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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What I did
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center Marathon
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today, Thursday, we drove the nine miles to the Crane Point Nature Center and Wild Bird Refuge.  It sits on about thirty six acres that were purchased by a refugee from Bermuda, George Adderly,  at the end of the nineteenth century.  He paid a hundred dollars for it.  Eventually there were about thirty fellow Bermudans living there in a small village.  George sold the property to a wealthy family by the name of Crane.  They developed it as a Nature Center etcetera. A foundation purchased it in about 1995 for $1.3 mil.

The area contains several trails through the jungle there.  Many are not well developed, which gives you an idea of what it must have been like in the early days.  We walked to George's original homesite and then on to the bird center.  Here they accept injured birds and hopefully assist them to return to the wild.  Those that are too badly injured are kept for us folks to see.  There were hoards of pelicans, primarily.  They're noisy birds and quite bold.  We also saw two different falcons and a small number of other species.

We walked on to Crane Point.  A beautiful spot, it is, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  The lighthouse that I mentioned before is seen more clearly from here.  Oh, we also saw lots of spider webs and several beautiful spiders, laying in wait.  Some folks just ahead of us were spotting them, so I got a chance to get some interesting shots.  Arachnophobics beware!

On the way back, we took the Palm Trail and learned a bit about the Hatch Palm.  It seems to be the only variety in this area.  There are also many other varieties of trees there, including 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 a groovy Florida Keys cap.  Really, it looks great on her.  YMMV.

It's much cooler today, so I didn't spend much time out in the anti-gravity chair.  It only got to the upper sixties.  Yeah, I know...no more whining.
Thanks again for your visits, comments and checking out the pictures at www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo.  The photo uploader is not working here for this site...

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photodon on

Sounds very interesting. I neve knew Florida was such an interesting place. I always thought about a bunch of old old retired folk (present company excluded) and Disney Land and Bush Gardens but you guys have found some very cool places.

ralphieboyo on

Lynn is the "Attraction Sleuth." She searches out and finds many great spots for us to visit.

Chris S on

Ralph and Lynn,

I loved the sunlight in your pictures. They warmed me right up. And I really like the Palmeto picture.

Love ya, Chris and Maggie

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