We wanted to leave Florida having seen an alligator in its habitat, so we decided to walk on a nature trail through the Conservation Lands called The Bailey Tract. We ended up starting our walk right at noon on a nearly cloudless day. The kids were HOT and wanted to be carried. Alice named the hike "The Desert Walk" and she was right!
I gave William a lift. Whew!
Grandpa Jeff was determined to spot an alligator. He had Nora on his shoulders, and Audrey nearby.
Can you spot the alligator in the center of the picture? For reference, an alligator's snout is shaped like a "U" unlike a crocodile's snout, which is shaped like a "V".
We saw many turtles--a favorite of the kids.
A cormorant dries its wings while a turtle looks on. Cormorants dive under the water and chase their prey, however, their feathers are not waterproof, so they spend much time drying their wings.
Nora taking a turn on Papa's shoulders.
Jeffery pointed out a 2nd alligator, do you see his eye?
William started to melt (physically, not emotionally)--
Group shot on the Desert Hike. Looks like they were looking intently at something!
Audrey and William outside a fun restaurant--The Lazy Flamingo.
After lunch at the Lazy Flamingo, we crossed the road and enjoyed beautiful Turner's Beach.
Happy Happy Nora!
William, looking rather serious.
Big Sister Audrey helping Nora.
I will never tire of this view, when is the next vacation?
Love my William!
Love my Audrey!
Love my Nora!
Toward the end of the vacation, William got pretty adventurous.
Another favorite vacation picture.
The girls walking with Mummi Alice in front of the condo.
Mummi Alice and Nora settling in on the flight home.
William and Audrey at the end of vacation. We must do this again soon!
Thank you to my sister, who arranged her schedule to be our transportation.
Thank you to my mother, who stayed at our house with beloved Martha. While we were away, we missed a storm that brought heavy snow and knocked the power out for 30 hours, and nearly sent a tree through our windows. My mother was a trooper!
Thank you to Alice and Jeffery for being willing to vacation with us, for helping us with ALL the kids and ALL the luggage, for allowing us some time alone, and for being great company!