We had a pleasurable five days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The weather was warm and humid -- typical for Florida -- and we also experienced some substantial thunderstorms. It always intrigues me that people don't get off the beach when they hear thunder. Lightning is so extremely unpredictable -- maybe it's my years spent as a lifeguard that send me running for cover. Here's a photo of some of the smaller boats and a Coast Guard boat heading for port when a storm kicked up. Notice the people still on the beach.
Not ones easily discouraged, we went next door -- to Fish House Encore (owned by the same people) -- a bit fancier -- but the menu was basically the same and the dinner was great. We both had yellow tailed snapper: a specialty of the Keys, conch fritters and Key lime pie.
After dinner we headed back North -- along the Card Sound Road and were able to stop and take a few photos. Before ever visiting the Keys, I always pictured them as islands but gorgeous beaches. Actually, there are very few natural beaches in the Keys as a key is actually coral outcroppings. Many of the beaches in the Keys are man-made.
Because the coral reef runs East of the Keys -- the water about two miles out is that beautiful turquoise. Also, there are no waves because there are no beaches! How about that? I had never realized the relationship until one of the local captains explained it to me. What a beautiful place!
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.