172: Scenes along the Intracoastal Waterway


Stop 1 (Shooter's)

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.

Stop 1A (il Lugana Hotel)

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.

Man at work

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.

Photographing the photographer?

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 White House of the Intracoastal Waterway"

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.

Yacht rumored to be Steven Speilberg's but rumors were not confirmed

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.

The clouds moved in...

... and the clouds moved out.

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.

Wouldn't you like to live here?

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.

Little bitty pretty one

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.

Today's view of the pond

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.

Floating near the shore

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.  🙂

26 Comments on “172: Scenes along the Intracoastal Waterway”

  1. Meredith says:

    I’m glad to hear you guys got back safely, the pictures of the water make me really miss the beach. Also, I’m super jealous that you already have flowers! We’re 30-40 degrees warmer, but everything here still looks brown. Oh well, the pros and cons of living in the desert I suppose 🙂

    • Robin says:

      At least you have regular sunshine, Meredith! All you need is a little rain and the flowers will be popping out all over the place. 🙂

  2. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Those McMansions scare me – how could one person keep it clean? Your crocuses are lovely… I hope the creek won’t be overflowing too much longer…

    • Robin says:

      Barbara: I often wonder the same thing. I always assume that if a person can afford a McMansion, they can afford to hire help with the cleaning. I learned that’s not always true. Two houses up from where we live is a McMansion. There are only two people living there and as far as I can tell, they have no hired help.

      It must be weird rattling around in a big house like that. Kind of like two tiny marbles in a great big box.

  3. k says:

    I always look forward to reading your blog. I love the photo’s your honesty and wonderful simplicity. It such a nice world to enter when so much other “stuff” is going on in the world. Thank you again.

  4. These shots are SO beautiful, Robin; I love them all. The first one is amazing composition-wise – the shapes, colors and lighting make it fantastic. The palm trees are eye-catching and the flowers are lovely; I have lots of fun playing with Photoshop, and I really like how your pictures turned out.
    I LOVE the crocuses and “Floating near the shore”. Can’t wait to see more shots!

  5. SWK says:

    That creek is beautiful! Always love the photos you put up.

  6. Tammy McLeod says:

    You have a great eye for photos! These are great and I would absolutely like to live in that house on the water.

  7. Marianne says:

    Sounds like a nice water-taxi tour,Robin. The homes look lovely and so does the yacht. I think I’d feel comfortable going up and down the waterway in that one. Boats are right up there with planes for me. Anxiety provoking.

    • Robin says:

      It was unexpectedly nice, Marianne. We had no idea they have guides on the water taxis. We thought we’d just be going for a ride.

      I don’t mind boats too much. I don’t think I’d like going on a cruise, though. It sounds too confining to me.

  8. mimokhair says:

    The photos look amazing!!

  9. patbean says:

    While I loved everyone of your photos on this post, I especially liked the first through the sails, or whatever. Great eye!

    Pat Bean

    • Robin says:

      I think they are sails, Pat. They use them instead of umbrellas. I thought it was clever. The umbrellas tend to tip and sway in the wind. The sails stay put.

  10. ladyfi says:

    Wow – how the other half lives!

    Love your delightful spring shots.

  11. penpusherpen says:

    Lovely photo’s Robin, and such small flowers, Crocuses, yet their effect on us is immense, smiles and a lifting of spirits instantly…My fingers are crossed that there’s no further frost or freeze!! (so please check my typing!! 😉 ) Thanks… xPenx

  12. I love that sculpture with the camera! I would have stopped to get a picture of that, too.
    So sad that the smaller, older homes are being torn down and replaced by huge mansions.

    • Robin says:

      It is sad about the smaller, older homes, Michaela. Some of them were probably built with Dade County Pine. I hope they at least salvage the wood when they knock down the older homes.

  13. Bo Mackison says:

    Don’t understand mentality of McMansion owning…foreclosure attorneys, hmm? Seems wrong somehow.

    Do love your crocuses–one of my favorite flowers because it’s usually the first one open in spring. Such a hopeful flower!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Bo. 🙂

      I thought the same thing about the foreclosure attorneys. Seems to me they are living high on the misery of others.

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