Adventure in the Florida Keys (Days 5-6)

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Well, day 5 was not very exciting. We ventured out for some coffee after reluctantly rising from sleep. We found a cute little coffee shop called LeighAnn’s. They had great coffee!

Then, after having no luck finding a good place to get a massage (we were quite sore from driving and snorkeling), we decided to explore one small beach.

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After this short excursion, we headed back to the resort.  Basically, we spent the whole day enjoying the breeze and the view on the balcony. I was so tired I could hardly move.

We did venture out later in the evening to get some sunset pictures on the bridge.

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Day 6 was a little more adventurous. We headed over to Bahai-Honda State Park. This was the best beach and state park we found on our visit. Before lunch, we just did a little exploring. There was a small butterfly garden where I chased butterflies for a bit. Then my husband and I parted ways for a bit to explore on our own. I decided to head down a beach trail and watch the birds. Several were out catching some breakfast, and I followed one of these feathered creatures down the beach until he stopped to scoop up a crab from the sand. I got many a good picture of him fighting with that bite of breakfast. Soon enough, however, the little crab lost the struggle and was gone from sight into birdy-boy’s belly.

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The old railroad track ran right out from this state park, and I got a few good shots of the bridge the tracks ran on across the water, and I walked up on a walking bridge and got a few nice shots of the beach below.

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After a bit, I started getting quite thirsty and had to locate my husband to get back in the car where the water was (note: do not leave your water locked in the car on a hot day). Once he was located, we headed out for a bite of lunch and a quick rest at the resort. Then it was back to the park for a nice swim. This particular beach happened to have a seaweed-free shoreline. The water was nice and refreshing and we swam for quite some time with the other tourists trying to beat the heat.

After our nice little swim, we headed back to the resort to get gussied up for a night out. We had dinner at the Sunset Grille out by the Seven Mile Bridge right about sunset. And that was the end of our last two days in the Keys. But the adventure was not yet over…Stay tuned for the last big adventure!

Chasing Trains

There’s just something mesmerizing about that low rumble and faint whistle in the distance. What kid doesn’t eagerly wait for that engine to pass, hoping to catch sight of the engineer waving back as he rolls by on the rails? In fact, even as adults we still find it fascinating and exciting.

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A few weeks ago, we traveled out to Perry to set up a booth at the Peaches to Beaches yard sale. On the way, we stopped in Juliette to eat at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Yes, the same one featured in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”. It was a cute little town right beside the railroad tracks. We wandered around, and I took lots of photos. Many were of the cats that hang out on the porch of the Whistle Stop. I also got a few of the tracks and the corn mill between the tracks and the water. Unfortunately, these were among the pictures I lost. However, I now have an excuse to go back out there soon.

On the way home, we drove back out to Juliette. I wanted to wait for a train to go by and get some good pictures. We waited and waited, but no train came by. On the way out of Juliette, we took a wrong turn. Or maybe it was a right turn, because as we circled back around, we saw it…the train!

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Now, my husband’s grandfather was quite the train hobbyist. He built models, and he even had a train car that he and Grandma rode down the railroad tracks with a club they were in. He also helped open and run the train museum in East Point. His father also worked for the railroad. So, as you can imagine, my husband’s childhood was filled with trains.

I have my history with trains as well. I grew up with my grandmother’s stories of her father who worked for the railroad out in Montana.

So, with our shared fascination with trains, it only makes sense that we would decide to take off and chase this one. What fun! He drove and followed the tracks, and I kept my eye out for the train. The goal was to get ahead of it and watch it at a crossing. Did we succeed? Indeed we did! We headed it off and made it to a railroad crossing on a backroad in the middle of nowhere. We pulled off the side of the road and eagerly awaited.

Just as I was beginning to get antsy and believe we had missed the train, the lights came on, the bell sounded, and the crossing arm lowered.

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The train came rumbling around in just a few minutes. And to our delight, the engineer waved as he went by. Our daughter watched as she stood in the middle of the road in front of the crossing arm, and I took as many pictures as I could get. And these were not lost! They were safe on my SD card, so you get to enjoy the fruits of our Great Locomotive Chase (a movie we are most familiar with by the way).

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