Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time Out

      Today we took the day off from the beach and went to Myakka River State Park.  On the way we had a wonderful breakfast at a cute little house which had been turned into a restaurant, called The Breakfast House.  The chairs of each table were painted a different color and then the table was set with the napkins to match the chair color.  Here's a picture:
     (I'm posting it not only so you can see the pretty chair colors but to hopefully inspire someone to start a restaurant in our hometown.  We certainly need one.)
     When we arrived at Myakka we decided to take the boat tour of the lake.  The captain was very knowledgeable and told us much about the park.  One of the things I found most interesting was that the lake was only 4 feet deep at the deepest part and it has been estimated over 1000 alligators live in it.  Here's a picture I took as we drove through the park: 
         This is a flock of white pelicans.  The captain said it is very unusual to see them in the park.  I actually didn't even know there was such a thing as a white pelican.  I now know they are one of North America's largest fresh water birds.

After the boat ride we hiked to the canopy walk and then continued up higher to the top of the tower which was 75 feet high.  We could see most of the park from there.
The canopy walkway

      We got home about 4:00 and then Country Guy went for an hour long walk on the beach.  I didn't go with him since I am still recuperating from my walk yesterday.  :o)    
     Afterwards we had pizza at a good Italian restaurant called The Bayou Tavern.  
     As soon as I get this posted, I am starting another book. 
     A very nice day!


Anonymous said...

What a neat park - sounds like a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

That looks so fun - I can't believe there were so many alligators! Looks like another beautiful day! Wish we could be there!