-E.B. White

Saturday, March 19, 2011

KIDS AND GRANDKIDS FIX - AKA - Smith Clan goes wild in the Keys!!! Couldn't ask for a better group of boating enthusiasts than our recent guests.  They have been on Broulee before in the BVI's and we were a little nervous about the cooler temps and not so crystal clear water, but, found out it doesn't really matter with these guys.  The day after their arrival we were stuck in the marina at Dinner Key due to winds so we decided to make the best of it by loading up our mini-van and becoming tourists for the day - visiting Miami Seaquarium on Key Biscayne.  The next four days we spent exploring, snorkeling, beach bumming, suntanning, and relaxing.  We never heard "I'm bored" once - so we are declaring it a fun time had by all !!! 
Group photo at the Miami Seaquarium
Our favorite attraction was Lolitta the Killer Whale - unfortunately not alot of photo opportunities - Lolitta enjoyed splashing the audience.

Again, you had to pick your times to take a pic without the threat of getting your camera wet - this seemed like a safe opportunity.
Colorful turtles and lounging seals.

We all got our educational fix for the day, also learning about Manatees, sea lions, crocodiles, fish and dolphins.  Then it was back in the mini-van and off to see South Beach (a different kind of educational fix).

Heading out into Biscayne Bay - south (well really west) towards the Keys.

Anchor down, and three generations of snorkeling Smith's hit the water.  Can you tell which ones spent the winter in Minnesota - that is some seriously white skin.

This is our aqua girl - back in Minnesota, she just took top honors in the girls 10 and under 400 free-style relay, and set a new state record in the process - very proud of you Georgia.

Ok, it's happy hour - while Pops & Nana enjoy a nice cold one - the kiddies are entertaining themselves with Mr. Nintendo!! (We know it's not right, but...)

Approaching Jewfish creek, we spotted another Krogen - Big Run heading south.  Although we were still all in our PJ's it seemed appropriate to come out and give them a big hello. 
Photo courtesy of Big Run.

Thank goodness for no wake zones - a gentle pass in Jewfish Creek.

Back to No Hame Harbour to rent the Peddle carts at Bill Baggs State Park - it's not as easy as you think - lots of synchronization has to happen - the front people can't stop peddling without telling the people in back - well you get the idea. 

Checking out Lighthouse Beach before coming back to swim.

Georgia burying Cooper in the sand at Lighthouse Beach - it seemed like a fun idea -that was until the de-sanding began - ow!

Back to Dinner Key Marina the day of their departure - we checked out the cute town of Coconut Grove  with all of it's sidewalk restaurants, bars, shops and painted peacocks (all within walking distance from marina).

THE SAND BAR - check out the sand on the floor.

Very sad to let them go, but it's back to school and work for them and Broulee is on a beeline for home.
Thank you, Cooper, Georgia, Katie & Brad - we had a great time!!

The end!

1 comment:

  1. It looks like the grandparents had as much fun as the grandkids!