Pretty Boy (we named the cardinal) says it's time to get up on Wednesday morning.
It's Sheila's birthday - we start the festivities with a relaxing morning on the balcony.
Pretty Boy decides to get a closer look at us
Sheila decided her birthday would be a beach day
We picked this nice spot on Hammock Beach
Looking back to the dock from our spot
Looking south. The resort property ends past that guy standing in the water.
We started calling all the pelicans Nigel in honor of the pelican in "Finding Nemo"
These Ibis decided to feed near us
Kenny got restless so decided to take a few photos. Here is a view of the rooms at tne south end of the resort.
The main part of Hammock Beach
Sheila's over there somewhere
Looking back to the hotel from the beach
There's the birthday girl
This starfish decided to join us
Sheila takes a closer look
There goes the catamaran - we are going to do that tomorrow
We headed back to the room to eat lunch - there were quite a few people at the beach
Looking back towards the dock and the central part of the hotel
We decided to chill in the room until dinner time
We drove to Islamorada to eat at Marker 88.
There was lots of outdoor seating right on the Florida Bay.
A good look at our table
Have I mentioned how fabulous the sunsets are in the Keys?
We ended up joining another couple at that table swing on the water. Good company, good food, fabulous scenery - a perfect end to Sheila's birthday.
Kenny was up early on Thursday to take some photos of the moon.
We had sunsets in the evening and moonsets in the morning
What does he see?
It's Rocky (we named the squirrel also)
Time for coffee with a view.
We are taking the 9 a.m. enviro tour so head to the dock to meet our guide
Captain Dan arrives along with another couple and we head out
First stop was a canal cut out of the island. You could see fossils in the canal wall.
Heading back out to the bay we passed these paddle boarders
Next stop was a mangrove
Enjoying the sights
Captain Dan points out iguanas up in the trees
Captain Dan then took us to see some ospreys on their nests
Next up was Pelican Key - a small mangrove covered island
Captain Dan pointed out jellyfish and other things in the very clear water.
We then headed back towards shore
Where Captain Dan scooped up interesting things from the grass beds - including a very small sea horse
Tour is over and we're headed back to the dock
After lunch we headed out on a catamaran where Jordan provided Kenny with tips on sailing
Kenny starts out manning the jib sheet
And ultimately ends up taking the tiller
After our sailing excursion ended we walked out on the dock and found some manatees