Saturday, April 13, 2013

More from Florida

I've been crazy busy at work over the past few months.  Now that we had a major product launch, I have found a little extra time to go through some more older pictures from the trip to Florida that we took back in January.

Might as well post them up here for everyone to enjoy.  And, in a separate post, I'll put up all the different bird pictures that were taken.

Here are some pictures taken from part of the Everglades National Park.  We rented bicycles and rode around a loop to see all the alligators and wildlife.

While down in Florida, we decided to check out Fort Jefferson, part of the Dry Tortugas National Park.  It is one of the most remote National Parks out there.  We took a fairly long boat ride just to get out there.  The fort operated as a prison long ago, and once held the very famous Dr. Mudd, who had helped treat John Wilkes Booth.

Having gotten back into diving again, we checked out the History of Diving Museum.  It was pretty neat.  

This crazy diving hood thing doesn't work, but it was part of an early attempt at creating an underwater suit.

The Fish House served some really good food.  We also went to the sister restaurant, Encore, to try out the Lionfish.  Having dined at both, I prefer the original Fish House restaurant.


Tried some conch at the Key Largo Conch House.  Food was decent there.

Also, we did some kayaking through the mangroves.  This was a lot of fun.  Saw a ton of birds, an American Crocodile, and an iguana... not to mention the mangrove tunicates I posted a picture of previously.

In Miami, we dropped by the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Nothing really to write home about.  It was nice, but having seen quite a few of these rich person's estates in various places, it wasn't anything special.

Here's an almost-sunset shot from Key West.

Latin American food at Ola in Miami was really delicious.  They are famous for their ceviches and their braised pork.  As a 97% pescatarian, I cheated here with the pork.

A random restaurant we tried out for brunch in Miami, Otentic.  Food was decent here as well.

In Ft. Lauderdale, we went to Sublime, which is a vegetarian restaurant on the nicer end of the spectrum.  The service was really slow, the place was packed, but the food was delicious.