Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

We planned to meet the kids at the Einstein Bagel shop at 8 a.m. We got there at 7;30 and bought some coffee to drink while we waited outside. The man sitting in the background in this picture was panhandling.  I realized we were in the fancy neighborhood when I listened to him. Every time a person came out of the bagel shop or the Starbucks, he would ask the if they could give him $50.

b02 Panhandler
Panhandler

He moved around to the sidewalk next to the building, very close to us. Many of the customers handed the man money.  Andy noted that a good number of them were $5 bills. After half an hour, Andy figured the man had taken in $50.  That was $100 per hour. Certainly a lot better than minimum wage.

I took pictures of Owen and Cam while Mama and Papa were inside buying breakfast.

b03 Cam and Owen at Bagel Shop
Cam and Owen at Bagel Shop

There were some dark clouds passing by, some of them dumping rain on us. When the sun went away, Cam pulled down his sunglasses and folded both ears down in the process.  He didn’t seem to notice.

b04 Cam's Folded Ear
Cam With Folded Ears

We were walking to the vehicles when Owen noticed the tree growing on top of a building and asked me to take a picture of it.

b05 Tree on Roof
Tree on Roof

Before they came to Coral Gables, the kids went to the Kennedy Space Center.  Owen wore his new space clothes today and told me he is an astronaut in training.

b06 Owen Astronaut in Training
Owen – Astronaut in Training

Then I took a few pictures of him in the palm fronds.

b07 Owen in Palm Frond 1

b08 Owen in Palm Frond 2

The outing today was to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

b09 Flowers

b01 Pink Flowers

We took the guided trolley tour through the park.  The tour guide got out to talk about the Baobob tree and invited the children to get off the trolley to feel the tree.

b10 Boabab Tree

I loved the statue/sculpture of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, author of “River of Grass” and was the force behind getting the Everglades protected rather that filled in and developed.

b11 Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Statue
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

Cam was struggling to carry an umbrella so Andy held the tip and the strap to help him.  It was funny when Cam got distracted and walked out from under the umbrella as Andy continued carrying it.

b12 Andy, Cam, and Umbrella
Andy, Cam, and Umbrella

b13 Purple Flower

We ate lunch in the cafe overlooking the butterfly enclosure. This is Son-in-Law George’s brother JD.  Cam enjoyed sitting on Uncle JDs lap.

b14 Cam and Uncle JD
Cam and Uncle JD

This tree was in front of the cafe.  It started raining while Owen was posing in front of it and we made a dash to the building overhang to stay dry.

b15 Owen in Front of Tree

This is a Cannonball Tree from the rain forests of Central and South America.  The stem with the cannonballs came right out of the trunk.

b16 Canonball Tree
Canonball Tree

Andy and I decided that we will make another trip to Fairchild and spend a day walking around and taking pictures of the plants.  It is a beautiful place.

We headed back to Marathon from the garden and traffic was horrific heading back into the keys.  It took us almost two more hours to get home than it should have.

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3 thoughts on “Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

  1. milliethom January 11, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Beautiful photos. I love the ones showing how much the little ons were enjoying themselves.Great Baobob tree.

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  2. anupriyabasu123 January 31, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Cam and Owen are adorable Dianta!

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    • Dinata Misovec January 31, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      Thank you. I sure think they are the cutest, smartest, and most exceptional little boys in the whole world.

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