Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Key West - Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

The anchorage area opposite KW Bight is called the "Bowling Alley" due to all the boats that break loose and wreak havoc. 
We had intended going to see Fiona play at McConnell's but Fiona's son has a medical problem and so she will be away for the week. With that we hung out at the boat for most of the day and then ventured over to the Florida Eco-Discovery Center for a tour of the exhibits there.

Duval Street at night - activity everywhere!
There is no charge for seeing the exhibits although donations are encouraged. It is certainly a worthwhile visit with exhibits about the reefs and shallows nearby. They have a 30 minute film that's an excellent introduction to the natural wonders of the area. One of the highlights of the tour is the 3D film of snorkeling in the Gulf! The 3D format fits especially well  when snorkeling under water. As you move ahead, the fish seem to pass by on your shoulders, very realistic!

A typical creation by Ann, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia w/brown rice pilaf and snap peas
So, mainly, we sat out on the back of the boat with temperatures in the high 70's and a 10 to 15 knot breeze, very nice. Wednesday is our last day with the car and we'll provision and have a dinner out before returning the car Thursday morning. There's no rain in sight and temps are to remain in the high 70's, we'll do our best to take advantage of what nature has to offer down here.

(as to the photo of dinner - I'm a lucky man)