Still enjoying our visit from Katie as we took a trip down to the Everglades where we showed her some swampland that encompasses so much of southern Florida. She was able to see lots of big alligators as well as the abundance of butterflies and birds that area always has to offer. Her favorite sighting was a bald eagle who soared over our heads and she was in awe of its sheer size and power. A little further down the trail we spotted an eagles nest, so it was indeed a successful trip.
On the way back it was nearing evening so we pulled into the town of Naples where we strolled the downtown areas of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street. Katie really enjoyed the Christmas lights and decorations. Based upon the weather here you would never know that the winter solstice passed and it is nearly Christmas. The decorations along with a little people watching we found ourselves experiencing a bit of the Christmas cheer.
Another trip we shared with Katie was one over to the greyhound track during “Dollar Days.” Dollar Days features dollar hotdogs along with dollar draft beer so it is always an inexpensive way to enjoy a long afternoon. Katie learned all about the greyhound racing industry and how it has changed over the years. She even placed a few bets as we did. We won a couple of races but no big score yet it helped pay for a few of those dollar beers! It was still a great time watching the dogs and having a good laugh at some of our not so lucky picks. And of course you just can’t beat dollar beer and dollar hot dogs to round out a day of fun.
Lastly, I want to wish all who read this prose a very happy holiday season and may your Christmas time be joyous and delightful!