Sunday, February 27, 2011

A VERY early departure

Our trip to Florida began verrrry early Thursday morning.  We got the first flight out, at the eye-cracking time of 8:20.  Doesn't sound too bad?  Well, let's think about it for a minute, you have to be at the airport an hour before departure.  AND we live an hour away from the airport.  We were up at 4:30 to get it all together, after going to bed around midnight.  But excitement kept us going and the minute we stepped off the plane in Florida, enveloped in warmth, we perked right up!

Mom Mom and Pop Pop met us at the Ft. Lauderdale airport and whisked us off to Hobe Sound, to a great little hole in the wall called Harry and the Natives.  We entertained ourselves reading the signs that decorate the restaurant.  Everywhere you looked there was a new sign. Brant was entranced with the grill that was made in the engine section of an old truck!

Full bellies, we headed off to Lake Okeechobee.  We had no idea that Florida had so many cattle farms.  Ranch after ranch, the drive stretched straight and flat.  Occasionally, an orange grove.  It was so odd to see cattle grazing among the palm trees.

We wasted no time in getting on the boat.  On a gator hunt, nature didn't disappoint!

The view down Taylor Creek (actually a canal leading to Lake Okeechobee)

Enjoying the warm breeze in his hair!

The "Pelican Tree, " be sure to go quickly under this one!

Isn't this beautiful?!

One of the many birds we saw...heron?

The BIG boy...we boated all afternoon and found this one a couple of docks down from home!

After a cookout at Mom Mom and Pop Pop's trailer, we all settled in for the night, because the next day was DISNEY!

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