Category Archives: Florida

Pool from our hotel window

Many of the hotels are set up with a small, three story or so section out front, on top of which is the pool and a walkway across the highway to get to the beach. The hotel tower is behind this section.

Slim pickin’s on the Ft Lauderdale beach

Not a lot in the way of shells. Tide seemed to be coming in, and I didn’t feel like getting soaking wet. Also, I forgot to put my shell-net-on-a-stick in the back of the car before we left, so I was at a real disadvantage. Water surprisingly warm!


There are skyways all over the place between sections of hotels, and between hotels and the beach. You have to cross A1A to get to the beach, so it’s better to have a skyway and then an elevator down to street level than it is to have tourists holding up traffic and possibly going splat in the road.

Highway signage

We’re getting close to Fort Lauderdale here. Deb saw this pic on the blog and thought I was trying to tell her something about highway closures – LOL! I just thought it was a cool piece of signage, with the sun rays on top and all.

Lunch before we go

Kelly came to drop Mary off at my house. After the grand tour and some standing around and bullshitting, Kelly left and Mary and I stopped at the DQ Grill for sustenance before heading out to Alligator Alley.

2007 Lodge Ladies Cruise Starts HERE!

Well, all that’s left to do is take a shower and await the arrival of Mary, my traveling partner in crime for this adventure. Then, away we go!

There are technology challenges to blogging this thing live the way I did for Orlando and Tampa trips. Well, the technology is there, it’s just reported to be slow in one case (the ship’s wi-fi), and prohibitively expensive in another case (my cell carrier’s rates for out of country). Still, the ship does not leave until Monday 5:00 PM Eastern, so there should be some stuff posted between now and then.

See ya real soon!

Photo I sent to No. 1 Niece

She called to tell me that she was afraid that the Broadway strike would interfere with us seeing The Little Mermaid over Christmas. Frankly, I hadn’t thought of that; I just assumed they would resolve it by then. But I guess it is a real possibility that we won’t be able to go. She says the website for Disney on Broadway says people can get a refund. Of course, I would reschedule if it came to that, but it would be a bummer!

Anyhow, I’m glad she called, see above.

Butterfly Garden

This is the butterfly garden out back of the Periwinkle Place shopping plaza. The butterflies were too fast for me to get their photos.

There’s the Lighthouse

We’ll be going there later. Right now, we’re going shopping.