Daughter Kathy Came to Visit

We never see the children and grandchildren often or long enough. But, we did have several very nice days when daughter Kathy came to visit for a few days this week.

Our first outing was to Key West where we showed Kathy Zachary Taylor State Park. First, we walked into town for lunch at Blue Heaven. We had not been there in several years and I was thrilled to find the Shrimp and Grits on the menu (as opposed to being a Sunday-only dish in the past). Seating is outdoors under the trees with cats and chickens wandering around.  Here is the entrance.

b Gate to Blue Heaven
Gate to Blue Heaven

I have passed this, or these, trees many times and just noticed them.  Yes, it is the rare “J” Palm.

b J Palm
J Palm

After touring the fort, we took a walk along the beach.  Although there are many tiki huts here in the keys, I had never seen one under construction before.  We stood and watched for a while. Two men on the ground were handing palm fronds to the two men up on the roof, who were nailing them down almost as fast.

b Thatching Tiki 1
Thatching Tiki

It was fun to watch, but we did not stay long enough to see the finished product.

b Thatching Tiki 2
Thatching Tiki

Here is another tree I have seen many times.  This was the first time a got a good picture of it.  It is a sea grape, the largest I’ve ever seen. Can you spot Kathy and Andy posing next to the canon under it?

b Andy and Kathy Under Sea Grape Tree
Sea Grape Tree in Key West, Florida

This was to be a relaxing vacation for Kathy, so we took her on our favorite walks each day.  At Bahia Honda State Park, Kathy opted to walk in the water while Andy and I kept to the dry sand.

b Kathy and Andy on Beach
Kathy and Andy on Beach at Bahia Honda State Park

The tide was very low again so we had plenty of beach to walk on.

b Kathy Walking on Bahia Honda Beach
Kathy Walking on Bahia Honda Beach

I don’t think I have posted a papaya update lately.  It is taller than the car now.

b Papaya Tree
Papaya Tree

Dave Scott was playing at Lulu’s, so we took Kathy. I sang a few songs and Kathy took this picture. I have always like that top, but now I think it makes me look pregnant.

Dinata and Dave Scott Singing at Lulu’s

We saw this iguana on the boardwalk at Oceanfront Park.  I zoomed in on the head so you can see all the interesting detail. They look prehistoric.

b Iguana Portrait
Bright Green Iguana

We also took a nice walk on the old Seven Mile Bridge.  I spotted a strange (to me) bird in the Sea Grapes on Pigeon Key. It was busy eating.  A quick Google image search told me that it is a Black-throated Blue Warbler. I didn’t get a good clear, sharp shot; this is the best I could do.

b Black-Throated Blue Warbler
Black-Throated Blue Warbler on Pigeon Key, Florida

Someone has marked the distance on the bridge in quarter mile increments.  The one-mile mark is fun.

b One Mile Mark on Old Seven
One Mile Mark on Old Seven Mile Bridge

We saw a Spotted Eagle Ray, also known as a Leopard Ray.  It is so hard to get a clear picture of them through the moving water.  Again, this was the best I got.

b Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray

I did get a nice, good, clear picture of Andy and Kathy.  She was holding her hair, but the wind was blowing hard.

b Andy and Kathy on Seven Mile Bridge
Andy and Kathy on Old Seven Mile Bridge

I don’t know why I didn’t have the picture of Dave and me. Maybe the computer bugs ate it.

b Dinata and Dave Scott Singing at Lulu's
Dinata and Dave Scott Singing at Lulu’s

I still think that outfit makes me look pregnant.

20 thoughts on “Daughter Kathy Came to Visit

  1. LydiaA1614 April 22, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    What a lovely time you had with your daughter. I loved seeing the sites! Unfortunately the picture of you singing did not appear!


  2. mollyblossom2014 April 22, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Where’s Kathy’s photo of you and Dave Scott? B

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  3. Carol Ferenc April 22, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    It sounds like you had a great visit with Kathy ~ relaxing, yet plenty to see and so. I think the photo of you singing at Lulu’s is missing, Dinata. I’d love to see that one!


  4. Miriam April 22, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Looks as though it was a great day out. Love the shot of the iguana.


  5. Remember Me April 23, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Thanks for a lovely post and a wondeful tour around such a beautiful place.


    • Dinata Misovec April 30, 2016 / 12:54 am

      You are most welcome! I haven’t seen a post from you lately. But, then again, I’ve been too busy to read the blogs much these past few weeks. Are things going well for you?


  6. Helen Bushe April 23, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Lovely to read about the happy time you’ve had .


  7. milliethom April 28, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    A lovely selection of photos, Dinata. I love the ones you post about the natural world around you, but family photos are always good, too. You evidently had a wonderful time when your daughter visited, and went out to some great places. It was interesting to see how the roofs of the tiki huts were constructed, so thank you for showing that.


    • Dinata Misovec April 30, 2016 / 12:51 am

      If I had the presence of mind, I could have taken a little video; it was fascinating to watch. They were fast.

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