DECEMBER 20, 2013 (Friday)
Last night Michael had called to make arrangements for a tour at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for a snorkel tour. It just looks so beautiful and Michael and I both love to snorkel so it sounded perfect. This morning we called again to confirm, since he only was able to leave a voicemail last night. The lady confirmed the reservation for 3:00 PM. She said to be there by 2:00 PM or the reservation would be canceled and anyone waiting standby could get it. Good to know. She said they were only taking strong swimmers and people who have snorkeled before. (That’s us!)
We wanted the 12:00 PM tour so we decided to head to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and be waiting standby to see if spots opened up. We figured if we didn’t get to go at noon, we would just go into Key Largo and have lunch or drive around. We left around 10:00 AM. The drive is about 1-1/2 hours.
When we were about twenty minutes from the park, we got a call saying the tour had been canceled due to high winds. Major bummer. We decided to go ahead to the park to try to see it, and then drive around Key Largo. We didn’t even get into the park as they charge something like $5.00 per person just to enter. We turned around and started going up and down the side streets and checking out the areas. Fun. Saw a cute mailbox that I wanted, also a couple of homes that would be fun until it came time to clean.
After our “drive,” we headed to Everglades National Park. Were surprised at how much agriculture we saw on the ride to the park. Once in the park there were various signs and one said “Flamingo” 34 miles. We like flamingos and headed in that direction. There was a whole lot of nothing but birds. Once we got to Flamingo, still a whole lot of nothing but birds. There was a little restaurant there (Buttonwood Cafe) and we had lunch. Don’t bother if you go there. It was pretty bland and overpriced. They also had a little center that sold souvenirs and then a little museum to walk through. If we go again we’ll stop at the main visitor’s center at the entrance to the park.
Once we left we headed straight “home” with only one stop at Publix to get the meat for our taco salad dinner. Lexi is cooking tonight. (It was really good.) Once we got to our complex, we saw Santa in his sleigh. Apparently they had a Christmas party today for the kids. Fun.
That was our day. Hope yours was great!