Entry for December 24, 2007

While in Florida, we made another trip to the east coast where we saw the Cape Florida lighthouse, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, and the Homestead-Miami race track. Unfortunately, the guest center at the track was closed due to Firestone conducting tire tests. We could hear Indi cars running the track, but were not able to see anything.

We like to go for nature walks while in Florida. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a short drive from the condo we use. You can take a 2-mile hike on the boardwalk, and get a good feel for the Everglades, and the plantlife and wildlife that inhabits it. This year, we also visited the Six-Mile Cypress Slough (“slew”) Preserve in Ft. Myers. The boardwalk there is just a tad over a mile, and is free (although there is a charge for parking). Next time, we plan to visit the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. This one has both “drive thru” trails and walking trails, and encompasses over 6500 acres.

We always take an airboat ride in the Everglades when we visit southwest Florida. Although a bit pricey at $35-$40 per person for an hour, we think it is a lot of fun. On this trip, we saw several alligators and a couple of alligator nests. The boat captain is essentially an “entertainer” and we’ve had the good fortune to ride with a couple good ones.

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