Florida Trip report (iphone)

So, here’s all about my trip to Florida, like a month ago. Wow, I am so behind!

My friend Don lent me a book for the plane. It’s called “The Unthinkable: Who survives when disaster strikes and why”… You can see how I enjoyed it…

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Actually, I really found it interesting and was not freaked out at all, I swear!


I was distracted from disaster by pretty clouds!

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Before heading to the beach, we checked out Bok Tower, a lovely Deco tower and gardens near Winter Haven, FL. Built by a rich Philly guy (Bok) who summered down here in the 20s. It’s one of the “highest” points in peninsular FL.

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He was inspired to build this place, by his grandmother, Princess Leia, who said something inspirational about leaving the world better or more beautiful for your having been here.

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This is a big leaf!
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The big grasshopper!
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After this, we went to Cypress Gardens. Well, Cypress Gardens is apparantely a ghost town during the week. No water ski show (that’s on the weekends only), no boat ride yet. There is a water park. Don’t know how crowded it is, but judging from the parking lot, it couldn’t have been very! There is a botanical gardens, which was nice, but it was so hot and humid, it wasn’t much fun. They did have a banyan tree brought there from India, which was immense and really cool. There were a few big topiaries too. Also, to get to the active part of the park, you get driven by tram through a graveyard of rollercoasters and other disused rides. So that was about it. After that, we headed for Titusville for Dixie Crossroads for dinner. Yum!

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We decided to check out Merritt Island Wildlife refuge while we were in Titusville. We drove past the park where we watched the launch last month! It’s hot, but peaceful here in the shade, watching the swamp in front of us. No sign of alligators yet, or Kermit the Frog sitting on a log playing his banjo.

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The next morning, before we met the rest of the family for lunch, we drove out a little ways to Playalinda by Titusville. There’s a shuttle on the pad right now and you could see it really well from there. Maybe not in an iPhone pic, but I took some zoomed in ones with my normal camera.

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Here we are, after lunch, at the condo.
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Sunset:
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After dinner, we played Phase 10. That game is so annoying! :-)

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Dinner on Sunday!
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I had a ton of leftovers!

This year, the beach was featuring sand fleas. Lots and lots of them. In previous years, it’s been coquinas or small blue jellyfish. This year, sand fleas. Which are small hard coated bug/crab like things. They burrow in the sand. This year there are thousands of them all poking their furry antennae out .

Sunset:
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It was super hot at the beach, too hot, the first few days. But it finally cooled down.

It finally cooled off and the ocean was warm and gentle nearly all week. Tuesday we ate at Down the Hatch near the Ponce Inlet, and afterwards made our annual visit to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, which I love. It has a great view!

First, a picture of my dinner. These were the best crab legs ever.(Apologies to the vegetarians and many thanks to the Deadliest Catch.)

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Also, here’s what I spent Monday morning on:

That is to say, trying to get Paul McCartney tickets! Which I indeed got!

I later wore the new Beatles skirt I made in celebration. Yep, that’s the ocean, right outside!

I did finish Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (book #4 for the week) and am really enjoying it! It’s amazing how well the zombies work in with the original plot. Much of the dialogue is unchanged, which especially funny when you realize a conversation about the deadly art of zombie slaying is actually word for word the same as the original about playing the piano – and that it still made perfect sense.

I did actually have zombie dreams, but they weren’t really nightmares. Jut perfectly sensible Jane Austen like dreams about zombies being at Dragoncon. Or something like that. I can’t remember it now, but it all seemed perfectly reasonable and not at all alarming while I was dreaming it.

Next up was checking out the manatees. The manatees were out and really active at Bethune Beach Park. They were snorting and making all sorts of noise. I did get a little movie of that! We watched them eating the grasses on the shoreline.

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This is the pier at Aunt Catfish’s. Great restaurant.
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Driving over the causeway.
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We had dinner at a new place, Flip Flops too – I think I had some sort of snapper that was really really good. They had an interesting menu. I got this dessert to go. It was really really good.
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Sunset!
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The next day, the morning was nice, but then it got stormy. Lots of rumbling. No fun. And on our last day too! On the plus side, Doug did build a very nice sandcastle…

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We went to Fish Camp for dinner!

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Part of the family.
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Sunset!
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That was our last night, and it was one of the prettiest!

The next morning, I took one last look at the beach. We hadn’t seen much in the way of coquinas, but there were tons of them that morning. They are cool because they bury themselves (like the sand fleas) when the waves rush over them. Then when the waves retreat, they all come out at once, and it looks like a wave of them rolling over the beach. It’s really cool.

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So long til next year!
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