Finally, in sunny and warm, Southern Florida…
We are both on tour today. We couldn’t stay off the water so we are on “Intercoastal Waterway and Las Olas Blvd”. Our ship for the water portion is “The Carrie B Paddleboat”. The waters are calms and the deck affords good views of both sides of the waterway.
Atlantic Ocean in the Distance
The little yacht below was once owned by stuntman, Evel Knievel.
The Superyacht Infinity below is up for sale for a cool $250 Million.
The house below sports a faux gator on its lawn. What? Not enough real gators around.
The house below belongs to Director/Producer Michael Mann, best known for the TV Series, “Miami Vice”.
Michael Mann Casa
“New River” Section of the Waterway
Entering the Intercoastal Waterway
The house below is called the “White House”. It belongs to the GMC Engineer who invented auto air conditioning. I guess those royalties are just rolling in.
Hurrican Wilma came through the Ft. Lauderdale area and the storm and surge did some modifications to the shoreline. One of these changes is “Wilma’s Beach”. Not sure what it looked like before the storm.
Just Cruising the Waterway and Checking out the Houses
The boat headed out to more open water – from here, we got great views of the ships docked at Port Everglades. I just couldn’t resist taking several shots of Caribbean Princess (for the Photobook).
Looking Back at the Ft. Lauderdale Skyline
Heading back to the “New River”
The Independence of the Seas
We disembarked the paddleboat and continued our bus tour. The route took us along the beautiful beaches of Ft. Lauderdale.
Our final stop was Las Olas Boulevard – one of the posh shopping and dining areas of Ft. Lauderdale. Some of the shops were closed this Sunday but all of the eateries were open and full of locals and tourists.
We walked along a long stretch of the Boulevard and checked out some of the shops. We did find one very interesting sculpture of the classic three monkeys. Couldn’t resist taking a picture.
Hear, See, Speak…
Soon we were back on the ship. The many ships docked here today leave in a specific order and we were able to see the departures from the top deck.
HAL Eurodam Departing
Independence of the Seas Departing
After another very nice dinner, we took in the Headliner tonight, comedian – musician Gary Delena. He was very funny and also played guitar and sang. A highly enjoyable show.
We are off to Houston…