172: Scenes along the Intracoastal WaterwayPosted: March 14, 2011
Alternate title for this post is: How the other half lives
I promised you some photos from our water taxi ride along the Intracoastal Waterway. If you want more information about the Intracoastal Waterway, you can find it here.
The walk to where we caught the Water Taxi was about 2-1/2 miles from where we were staying. Instead of walking there, we decided to catch the Pelican Hopper, a free shuttle service provided by Lauderdale By The Sea. The bus runs until about 5pm so we knew we’d be walking back later that evening. The driver dropped us off at Stop 1A when we told him we were taking the Water Taxi. From there we walked down to Shooter’s where we had lunch, and caught the Water Taxi from there.
The food at Shooter’s, by the way, has always been consistently good. We ate there twice last year so we knew we’d find something good on the menu and were unlikely to be disappointed. Plus you can sit outside by the water and watch the yachts go by.
We did not see any manatees. I was hoping we might, but I’m not sure what time of year they’re more likely to be seen in that area.
We did see a lot of folks working, mostly gardeners and a few construction workers. Although the housing boom (we were told) is over in Florida, there are still a few new McMansions going up along the waterway and rivers, some owned by foreclosure lawyers who have benefited greatly by the mortgage fiasco of the past few years.
Along with mega houses, the very rich also have yachts, sailboats, and plenty of interesting sculptures. This one in particular caught my eye. I’m not sure but it looks like it might be holding a camera.
The guides on the water taxis are very knowledgeable and entertaining, making the trip more than just a ride on the water. We learned about some of the people who own the homes and yachts that are worth millions (and millions!). There are a few celebrity owners, and some of the older homes were once owned by celebrities such as Burt Reynolds, Dinah Shore, Nick Nolte, and there is a little gray home once lived in by Vivien Leigh (of Gone With the Wind fame). I liked the “old Florida” homes best. They are a lot smaller than what people are building now. Many of the old ones get torn down and replaced with a McMansion.
I’m not a big fan of celebrity home tours or celebrity watching (couldn’t care less, really), but the guides did make it fun and interesting. Our guide on the way back was particular funny, sometimes in a snarky sort of way. I can appreciate good snark.
We took our water taxi ride on Friday while the wind was still blowing and gusting. Near the coast, the wind was pretty bad, but on the waterway it didn’t seem nearly as gusty.
The colors and landscaping were beautiful.
I played with the above photo and the next one in Photoshop, just for fun and giggles.
Later this week, when I have the time and have gone through more of the photos, I’ll bring you a few more scenes from along the waterway as well as part of Old Fort Lauderdale.
Today’s Outdoor Adventures
The sun has been shining down upon us here in the Bogs today. It’s still a bit chilly (high of 37 degrees today), but the sun makes it feel so much warmer. I actually went out and about without a hat or gloves.
The crocuses are really taking off now. The little purple guys are spreading their joy all over the flower bed and beyond.
The tulips are looking good too. If we don’t get a prolonged hard freeze over the next few weeks, there ought to be a riot of color out there when the bulbs all come into bloom.
I found a way into the woods and down to the creek that didn’t involve slipping and sliding in the mud. Even so, there is plenty of slippery stuff to be found once down there.
I was surprised by how high and how fast the creek is running. Water continues to drain into it from the pond and the various little streams that run down to it. We’re expecting more rain tomorrow and Wednesday so I doubt it will be going down anytime soon.
The pond is waking up. I noticed when I was walking down there from the house that there were ripples appearing, a sure sign that the fish are becoming active. I did see some tiny fish along the shoreline, but nothing more than a splash or a ripple from the bigger fish. They tend to stay out of sight.
There are also all kinds of insects out and about. The birds must be having a feast. I saw a bluebird, his blues brilliant in the sunlight. A red-winged blackbird stopped by the feeder. And (I almost forgot!) I saw a great blue heron at the pond for the first time this season.
Things are starting to get pretty exciting out there. 🙂