Thursday, February 12, 2009

It was warm this morning at 7 a.m. when I crawled out of bed so I sat outside near the pool listening to the water. We all slowly came out to the pool area and talked with coffee cups filled. Breakfast came and went and we decided that it would be a good day to take the boat out.

My brother and sister in laws house backs onto the Intercoastal Waterway and their boat is docked just behind the house. The boat is 34 feet And sleep six (albeit uncomfortably).

Sun block smeared, hats in place and bottled water in supply we headed out. For a fellow that was brought up in the middle of the prairies Jack my brother in law isn't a bad sailor.

We slowly made our way south out of his inlet and eventually got to Lake Boca (really a widening of the Intercoastal). We peaked at the entrance to the Atlantic Ocean and circled around and made our way north.

The houses that line the intercoastal are quite incredible - large, tropical with beautifully landscaped surroundings. You can see many of them if you go to the NLS listing for Boca Raton - many of them are for sale. It seems the recession has hit this community hard.

We pulled up at an old time Florida restaurant called the Calypso. Old time in that it has been around for a long time and is occupied by many, many old people with white pants and prunish skins.

Lunch proceeded and then we walked around the Del Ray Beach area particularly Atlantic street. I forgot my hat at home so I found a place and bought one. The last thing I want is a burned nose.

On the way back we stopped for gas. There are two gas tanks on the boat and each holds 100 gallons. We were there for a while. But it was worth it for as we sat there we watched a group of Manatees making their way through the channel.

It was very interesting to watch as the water becomes very still and flat just over their backs and that was one way we watched their progress. They are mammals and so need to breathe in the air so every once in a while we'd see one of their backs break the surface. But of most interest to me was watching their tails flip out of the water.

A day in the sun on the water and I was more than ready for a nap. Which happened shortly after we got home.

There was some shopping to do before dinner so I ventured out to the supermarket - Publix - in Jack's Mini. It has been a long time since I drove a standard but within seconds I was comfortable and enjoyed the drive.

Dinner was at home and we are all ready for bed. It will be an early morning tomorrow - we are heading to the Everglades.

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