One thing we enjoy about this area is that it has one of the few dog beaches in the area. It's a short walk on the beach from the pier, as you can see from the second picture down. We LOVE walking there and watching all the dogs play in the water and with each other.
Just down the road from the botanical garden was a nature preserve that I thought might have some nice spots for pictures but really had no idea what was in this park. My parents stayed back at the vehicles while the rest of us took a walk. We were in the hot sun and walking a long distance so you can imagine that happiness that came from all involved. :) I was happy. It was a beautiful day and I had my whole family together checking out more of Florida that we don't get to see in our neck of the country. We saw some pretty cool things too while on our walk.
Jonathon and I decided to take a walk along the water down where there weren't as many people. It was a long walk, but quiet and peaceful and discussion was good and adultish. :) On our way back to everyone else, I said, "You know what would make this day perfect? If there would be a dolphin right out there off the shore for the children to see." We were almost back to everyone when my dad pointed out to the water and said, "There's a porpoise". Sure enough. But there wasn't just one, there was two. Jonathon looked at me, and we both smiled, and I said a heartfelt thanks to God for hearing my very simple and unimportant prayer and answering it so quickly, just to bless our day even more than it had already been. The picture isn't close enough, but you can see it slightly in the distance.