We’ve made it back home. As much as I enjoyed Ft Lauderdale, I feel immensely relieved to be away from the crowds, chaos, and heat of South Florida. It is fully 20 degrees cooler here right now. I can take the heat generally, but it is hard trying to navigate narrow docks with thousands of (mostly drunk) tourists.
One difference I noticed right away between Flagler and Broward counties is there are almost no open spaces or trees down there. As we are in the habit of walking or riding a bicycle everywhere, so it was hard not having spaces to wander. Sure, there is the beach, but there were a lot of people on the beach. You couldn’t really trek. I came home with a newfound appreciation of our town’s 135 miles of trails and our esplanade along the Intracoastal Waterway.
As were walking along the ICW this morning, a very large dolphin decided to keep pace with us for about 3 miles. He’d pop out of the water right next to us over and over. I was hoping he’d try to chat, but he was quiet. Dolphins love people so much; they are like sea dogs. I honestly think the dolphins come into the ICW just to say hi to the people who live along it. It’s like they see an inlet and decide to come socialize.