Monday, March 30, 2009

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

I've been visiting south Florida (Broward County and Palm Beach County) for many, many years as both my parents and my in-laws retired there. And I'm amazed at the new things we manage to discover.

During our latest visit it was the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

The Refuge is located right off of State Rd 7, just a few miles south of Lantana Rd.

There is a very nice gift shop and several nature trails, including a raised boardwalk, near the gift shop, that is handicap friendly. Very little of the land area is available to the public, unlike the waterways where the public has a lot more access. There is a boat ramp and a canoe trail (canoes available for rent).

In spite of the small amount of land space open to the public, we saw a lot of wildlife.

Near the levee we saw alligators,

and I even managed to catch a picture of one with a fish in its mouth!

There were herons, egrets, and a lot of birds I didn't recognize.

At 5 PM, on a weekday, we were able to watch the air boats come in.

And, of course, we had to wait for the end of the day to catch the sunset.

Friday, March 20, 2009

National Park Service Senior Pass

I knew there was something good about turning 62.

During a recent stop in St. Augustine, Florida (more on that later), we visited the Castillo de San Marcos. As we approached the admittance booth, we were wondering how much it would cost to enter the fort.

We then saw that it was a National Monument under the U.S. National Park Service and, YES, I could get my NPS Senior Pass.

For U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) over 62, the Senior Pass is a ONE TIME fee of $10. The pass admits me and passengers in a private vehicle at places that charge a per vehicle fee or me and up to 3 adults at sites that charge a per person fee. And this pass is good for the rest of my life!!!

What a deal!!!