Following our time in the Florida Keys, we headed North to Biscayne National Park, near Miami again, to spend the day.  Since most of this park is found out in the water (off the coast of Miami), we had planned to take a boat to explore.  We had a sailboat and tour guide all to ourselves for the day, and it was a fantastic way to learn and see everything!  Our tour was organized through the Biscayne National Park Institute, so we arrived there at the Park Headquarters first thing that Sunday morning to meet our Captain and get outfitted for our snorkel gear and wetsuits.  From the mainland, we sailed east across the park to Adam's Key, an island within the park (where we only encountered two other people).  From the dock at Adam's Key, we boarded kayaks and paddleboards to venture through the mangrove trees to a lagoon, where we were able to snorkel and see all of the wildlife of the area.  We saw tons of fish, and even a baby black tip shark (the kids went NUTS).  It was quite the adventure!!!  After paddling back to our sailboat, we continued our sail, learning all about the park from our super-knowledgable skipper.  What a wonderful day exploring the park together!  We returned in time to check out the Visitor Center just before closing, and decided to go out for seafood that evening, where we had some great fish, as well as our first "conch fritters."  SO GOOD!  We loved Biscayne National Park!

The kids getting their Passport Book Stamps at the Biscayne National Park Visitor Center
Meeting our skipper and sailboat for the day...
Heading out...

SO MANY BIRDS, including this gorgeous pelican

Helping our skipper with the sails.  The kids loved helping...

Arriving at Adam's Key...

Checking out the fish...

Heading out to paddle and kayak...

Hayden, reading up about all the fish and birds in the Park.  Our skipper had TONS of learning materials for the kids.

Sailing home.  Each of the kids got a chance to drive the sailboat, which they loved!

Mangrove trees with the most amazing roots!
Giant Iguana
Finishing up their Junior Ranger Requirements...
Swearing In as Junior Rangers.  Nice work, kiddos!

Out to dinner on the water and some good seafood - just what we needed!

It was like dining with "Cousin Eddie"!

Grace, participating in a National Charity League "Tea Etiquette" Class,  We had to make do with what we had to provide a place setting for her.  This is life on the road!!!


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