On to Miami

We left Key West with no idea what was in store for us.  As we approached Key Biscayne (about 20 miles south of Miami), we hit a wall of water.  We made a quick 180 degree turn and studied our options.  The decision was to land at Homestead, Florida.  Barely made it.  Visibility was 3/4 of a mile.  Landed on a runway flooded with rain.  What made it worse was that there was no food at the airport.  Called all the pizza delivery companies, but nobody would deliver to the airport (it was 7 miles from town).  Finally called a Chinese restaurant which would deliver.  The food was great.


The rain was finally starting to let up.  

It was time to head to Kendall airport, which was located in Miami, only 15 miles to the north.

We rented a car and drove around the Miami area to get acquainted.

This lighthouse is located on Key Biscayne.

Julie wanted to visit the "Parrot Jungle and Gardens".

This bird reminded Sandy and I of our trip to Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica, a bird similar to this attack and ate my fathers breakfast in a open air restaurant.

This alligator did move, so I assumed that it was real.

The skyline of Miami is very scenic. This airplane would taxi into the bay, than takeoff along side the cruise ships which were docked in the harbor.


In the evening we went for a walk and ran into this large sand castle.

 "Fairchild Gardens"

 

Our next stop was the Fairchild Gardens.

This is the largest collection of palms any where on the globe.

This was another destination which I have wanted to see for over 15 years.

Heliconia.

They look a lot like lobster claws.

Sandy could not figure out why Julie was so willing to get close to the water, which had the potential of generating an alligator.
All she could find was this rather large turtle.
The hot and steamy green house.

This is where we found the extremely rare....

"Cyrtostachys Renda",

or better known as the "Sealing Wax Palm".

This is the only known "red" palm tree.

I must be leading the good life, as I am now 53 years old and have had the good fortune of having found this palm "Twice".

Here and in Cost Rice's "Wilson Gardens".

The expansive views were excellent.  This garden was started during the 1930's.


We woke up one morning in Miami, to find this damage to the rental car.  It was caused by a component of the air conditioning system on top of the hotel, blowing of the roof during a storm which had gone through during the night.

It was now time to head for the Art Deco areas of Miami.

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