Whilst at Delray Beach we visited the Mckee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach and spent a nice day wandering around the gardens. We coincided our visit with The Lego Exhibition which we had seen twice before at different gardens. The McKee Tropical Garden did not contain many flowers but was arranged as a garden you may find in the tropics.
There was another interesting sculpture I photographed.
We also visited Merritt Island again to see the birds but due to being later in the year there were no large flocks of birds. We saw herons, egrets, ibis, coots, moorhens, grebes and several smaller birds I do not know the name of. We also saw a very large alligator resting in the shade. He appeared to have a big smile on his face.
We had a very good journey once the winds had subsided and passed many huge personal boats and cruise ships. Some of them must have cost several million dollars. I wonder how many miles to the gallon they get or should I say gallons to the mile!!! One very large boat even had a side door at water level that allowed a small boat to be berthed safely.
Whilst we have been in the Keys we have visited several places within a taxi ride distance from where the boat is moored in Marathon. We went to the Turtle Hospital which is a not for profit rescue center for injured turtles. Most of them had been injured by boat strikes and were recuperating well at the hospital. The hospital hopes to release all of its residents when they are well enough to return to where they were captured. Some unfortunately cannot be release due to their injuries and being unable to care for themselves in the wild. Whoever finds the turtle gets to name it and there were some funny names seen on the back of the turtle's shell.
Another place we visited was Crane Point. The complex has a natural history museum, marine touch tanks, a bird rescue centre and nature trails. One of the objects that was of interest to me was a boat called a chug in which 11 men and one women crossed the Atlantic from Cuba last year. How they ever got 11 people in the boat, I do not know. A docent told us that the people were allowed to stay in the US because of a law called "Wet foot, dry foot policy". This law states that anyone who fled Cuba and entered the US would be allowed to pursue residency a year after entering the US. A person caught with "wet feet" would be returned to Cuba but those with "dry feet" would be allowed to stay. The law has since been repealed earlier this year.
We also saw the handlers weighing the dolphins and giving them medication and water to keep them in tip top shape.
The last photo showed a kit plane made from parts that you put together yourself. As you can see, it was very small. I think Gary and I would have had a difficult time getting in and out of it. Its wing span was approx 14 feet across.
Well, I think that is enough for one day. We hope to leave Marathon tomorrow (Tuesday) and go to Key West doing some snorkeling on the way. However, we have heard it maybe too windy to leave so we may have to spend another pleasant day here.