Alligators and Mansions

Well I’ve definitely been slacking a bit with my blogging since I’ve been in Fort Lauderdale, but it’s so hard to stay inside on the computer when it is so gorgeous outside! It really is a shame that we are only here two weeks because we’ve all had such a great time here…it hasn’t felt like work at all, but a fantastic vacation.

Last week Mary (old friend from high school) came to visit for a couple of days. We spent last Monday at the Everglades National Park, which was really amazing. I’ve been to quite a few national parks on the west coast, and have experienced the landscape of the east coast, but the Everglades were totally different – flat and swampy and humid. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. And there was so much wildlife.

The park is only about an hour and a half drive from Fort Lauderdale and encompasses the whole bottom part of Florida down to the keys. We drove into the park and got a map of different places to drive to and hike. We were determined to see some alligators, and we sure did!

At first the alligators are hard to see, but once you see one, you notice them everywhere! You are supposed to stay fifteen feet away from them in case they start snapping, but we didn’t see any of them even move, much less snap.

There were so many other animals too, mostly a lot of beautiful birds.

We also drove down to the southern end of the park to the start of the keys, which was really pretty and peaceful.

On the way back to Fort Lauderdale, we stopped in Miami and had dinner in South Beach.

The following day, Tuesday, we did a boat ride on the canals of Fort Lauderdale, which took us by all the houses of the rich folks here. It was so beautiful and relaxing (and they served margaritas on board!).

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Some of the houses (well, most of the houses) were ridiculously amazing. Like this one, with its own beach…
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We also saw lots of iguanas roaming around…
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We had the best couple of days! More time was also spent on the beach and roaming around Las Olas Boulevard, shopping and eating lots of good food.
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Mare left on Wednesday, hopefully rested and ready to go back to work.
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On the work front, the show has been going well. Peter Lawrence, the associate director, and Pam Remler, the associate choreographer, came out to Florida on Wednesday evening and saw the show and we rehearsed with them on Thursday. We’ve had a lot of new company members join the show over the last two months or so, so Peter and Pam just came to check in and make sure everything was coming together. The rehearsal was really productive and I think it re-energized the company.

Yesterday was my last Fort Lauderdale beach day. Sniff Sniff. I noticed a cruise company down by the beach yesterday offering day cruises to the Bahamas (which is only about 45 miles away from here). I’m so bummed we are leaving, because how awesome would it have been to do a day cruise to the Bahamas?!

We leave here on Monday for Tampa, which is about a four hour drive away. I hear Tampa is more urban and less beachy than here. The weather is also about 10 degrees cooler. Bummer! But we are planning a trip to Disneyworld from there which will be fun.

Well, I guess that’s all from Fort Lauderdale!

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