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End of Summer
The summer season in the United States is commonly regarded as beginning on Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May) and ending on Labor Day weekend (the first weekend in September). So, summer officially has come to an end. But not in Florida. It just hangs on. For the last two weeks we have had high humidity and temperatures hovering around 90° F.
This is the first year we have not gone away for several weeks. We have been homebodies.
It has been hot, but not without its happy times. One of them was a visit by our niece, Catherine age 13. She came down for a week. Here you see her arriving at our airport.
During her stay we did a lot. Three or four days were spent at the beach, of course, but we also played Miniature Golf (there is a fun course, Puttn Around, in Delray Beach), went to the movie, played dominos, went shopping, played in the pool and just had an all around good time. One day we took the two-hour Majestic Princess Cruise out of the Port of Palm Beach.
Here you see Catherine and Jeanette as we wait to board the ship.
The trip takes you past Peanut Island, a man-made island created when the harbor was dredged in 1918. Today it is a recreational playground accessible only by private boat or water taxi.
This is the old Coast Guard Station, now a museum.
Most of our time was spent looking at the mansions along the Intracoastal Waterway. Here are several which are typical of the area.
Here you see some of our famous hedges. The yard walls on residential properties are restricted by code to four feet in height. For privacy, most of the homes have substantial hedges. The wall along the sidewalk is four feet high. The hedge on the right must be twelve feet or more. This is a great area if you are a landscape gardener.
There were other interesting things to see along the way, like these moored boats. This one is rather strange.
Or how about this floating pile of junk?
The pilot explained that many people abandon boats that are no longer serviceable and they are used by others as junk piles, leaving the removal to the county. Not too nice!
And there is this. It is the oldest house in this area and several years ago its owner decided to move it to Peanut Island and give it to the park. He was denied permission and the house has sat there moored in the harbor, deteriorating, ever since.
Nearby there is a another park and beach area under the bridge that links Singer Island to the mainland.
This whole area is a play ground!
Since we have been talking about the waterway, I’ll share with you one other of the area’s charms. Clouds. We do great Cloud!
More to come.
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