Friday, August 05, 2011
I haven't been on line much in the past 2 weeks because I have been making an effort to get out and enjoy myself. Week before last I took a road trip to southern Fl to Palm Beach County. It's about 3 hours from my house and it gave me a whole new appreciation for where I live!! There are some beautiful areas down there, but the traffic is horrendous and I would not want to live there.
I started my trip at a place called Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. It's a large enclosed sanctuary for butterflies and birds and it was really pretty. They had quite a few colorfull birds and many butterflies. I even got to see hummingbirds up close and never realized that the actually perched on a tree limb to rest.
The next place I went to was a Japanese botanical garden called Morikami, and it was exquisite. There are no plant markers, but you do have a brochure to follow. This is well worth seeing if you ever get to south Fl. I have picture and at some point I hope to add them to this blog. Across the street from there was the Orchid Society and they had some beautiful gardens also.
Then I went to a place called Okeeheelee nature preserve. I tried to incorporate a lot of natural places in my trip. There are some beautiful homes down there but every thing is behind these 20 foot hedges and you can't really see anything which is a little annoying! I guess the rich really enjoy their privacy. If I spent millions of dollars on my home and landscaping----I'd want people to see it! LOL!!
On the last day I headed up US 1 along the coast and stopped at many parks such as the Loggerhead Sea Turtle rescue and the Blowing Rocks preserve. My last stop was at a place called McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach. I only had an hour before closing but it was worth stopping as the gardens were pretty and there were lots of water lillies.
All in all it was a fun 3 days and it was good to start exploring my state. This week I went to a local county park. I've lived here 10 years and never got to see it and it was neat. It's called Smyrna Dunes Park and it encompasses the northern end of the island on both the intracoastal and the ocean, at Ponce inlet. There is a boardwalk that follows the circumference of the park through a dune ecosystem. There were tons of gopher turtles and that was the first time I had seen them up close. The walk was a mile and a half and it felt like 3 miles!!
One of my goals when I started SP was to go kayaking and I'm so excited because I bought an inflatable kayak and it came yesterday and I'm psyched to try it out next week.
So that's what I've been up to and I wanted to let you all know that I'm still Sparking even tough I'm not online so much. Hope everyone has a great week and keep up with your good work!! HUGS----Lynne