Saturday, November 6, 2010

Key West Trip - October 6, We leave for Ft Lauderdale

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent (well, a month ago now) vacation to Fort Lauderdale and Key West.
 Our hotel in Fort Lauderdale, an older model, badly in need of upgrades, but practically ON the beach!

 Fort Lauderdale Beach, looking north toward Pompano Beach; water was rough due to a hurricane offshore, and the wind actually whipped the sand into our faces!

 Fort Lauderdale Beach, looking south; Miami is only about 25 miles from here.

 A sea grape.  We have one in our dining room (seed came from Sebastian State Park about 150 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale.  These trees grow to maybe 30 feet, and the grapes ARE edible, and make good jams and jellies.  Now if our "Sebastian" would only grow this big, we'd need to add an open second floor to the house!

 Marina in Ft. Lauderdale.  It's called the "Venice of North America" and with all the canals, one can see why.
 See the boat?  See the tourist?
Can you find Barry?  We didn't eat here -- but we did next door, at Kelly's Landing -- little canal-side restaurant run by a guy from South Boston, MA.  He flies in the clams and lobster from New England 2-3 times a week.  I don't have a photo of the meals but I'll say the Ipswich Fried Clams were THE BEST -- even better than anything I ever had in Maine!  We would head back to Kelly's for my birthday -- look for pics under Oct. 10.

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