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An A1 Road Trip . . . Up A1A January 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.

After craning our necks to see the Art Deco hotels of South Beach and the skyscrapers of Miami Beach, we headed north under Sunny Skies with sunny dispositions.

Memories of cutting school in high school to “cruise the beach” filtered into my thoughts.

We lowered the windows and cranked the tunes as we headed up the coast through storied locales overflowing with moneyed locals.

We drove north from South Beach to Miami Beach to Surfside to Bal Harbour to Sunny Isles to Golden Beach.

In Hallandale Beach, I spotted a decorative mural.

A well-timed stoplight let me get the full picture.

In Hollywood, we parked and headed out to the beach.

Gorgeous, eh?

Satisfied, we put more money in the meter, so that we could check out the 2.2 mile boardwalk.

Watching out for bikes and bikers, we wandered down the smooth surface.

I loved this house located along the boardwalk.

In Dania Beach, we stopped for lunch in a small bayside park.

Populated with more palms than people.

We enjoyed the breeze off the intercoastal.

Though simple, lunch was delicious.  Everything tastes better under sunny skies.

In Fort Lauderdale, we drove through two “tunnels” . . . which doubled as runways for the airport.  Now that’s urban planning!

Skirting the edge of the city, we turned east toward Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Crossing over the intercostal, we could see a number of city-sized cruise ships readying to head out to sea.

Like Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach had a simple uncluttered look to its promenade.

But it did engage in some unique beach marketing.

First, this inviting Adirondack Chair.

And then a sunny snowman wearing sunshades and a Panama Hat on a stand-up paddle board ~ let’s hope he remembered to put on some sunscreen!

Palms shaded the sidewalk.

And the tree-lined streets.

A few miles north, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea got our vote for funnest and funkiest beach town!

What an inviting and colorful place to hang out!

In Pompano Beach, we saw the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse standing guard over the busy inlet ~ a helpful navigation aid for sailors even on sunny days.

We continued north through Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach (which was surprisingly hilly), and Deerfield Beach.  The coastal views continued to be framed by blue skies and palm trees.

In Boca Raton, we stopped at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and enjoyed a stroll through the hardwood hammock on an elevated boardwalk.

Before leaving, we stopped to admire the turtles in the children’s play area.

We also walked around the Butterfly Garden & Trail to the Chickhee Hut at water’s edge.

And admired its interior architecture.

It was an enjoyable last stop.  In Highland Beach, just south of Delray Beach, we set our sights toward home . . . after a couple of quick pit stops to fuel up ~ both the car and our bellies.

Heading home across the sawgrass prairies, we admired countless cows grazing in the fields until it was too dark to see anything but the night lights.

Aah . . . that’s better!




1. mybeautfulthings - January 29, 2018

What a joy to see sunshine and blue skies in your post! We still have rain or drizzle almost all day every day and while the mildness brings us flowers we are all longing for some sunshine! I am enjoying sharing yours! 🙂

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Sunny skies provide a mood boost for me. Hope your skies turn blue soon.

I am enjoying your spring flowers ~ especially those daffodils!

2. Rainee - January 29, 2018

Lovely photos Nancy. My brother-in-law and his wife have just been to Fort Lauderdale while cruising on the Queen Victoria.

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Hope they had a nice visit and a wonderful cruise.

On an unrelated note, we are watching Victoria on PBS ~ wonderful series about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

3. Jill Weatherholt - January 29, 2018

Lauderdale by the Sea looks like a fun place to visit. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Next trip to the East Coast will include a stop there ~ with a meal at the Aruba Beach Cafe. It just looks “happy.”

4. L. Marie - January 29, 2018

Thanks for taking us with you, Nancy. I haven’t been to Ft. Lauderdale in many years. It was nice to visit again!

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Yay! Glad that you had a chance to renew your acquaintance with Ft. Lauderdale. We enjoyed getting an overview of so many beach communities on the East Coast.

5. anotherday2paradise - January 29, 2018

What an enjoyable trip, Nancy. You’ve given me some ideas for when our grandchildren come to visit. 🙂

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Excellent. We’re looking forward to our next trip over there ~ continuing north from Boca Raton.

6. Kate Crimmins - January 29, 2018

Thanks for the touch of summer today!

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

It’s about 20 degrees cooler right now than the day we took these shots ~ just back from a walk which called for me to “layer up.”

Kate Crimmins - January 29, 2018

Still warmer than here, I’m sure!

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

A little bit. I just checked ~ 62 here vs. 45 high today in Philly.

7. Joanne Sisco - January 29, 2018

The first advance flakes of snow have already started of a major snowfall we were expecting over the next 16-20 hours. Seeing your photos of palm trees, and beaches was a nice dose of summer sunshine.

What surprises me though is how quiet the beaches are. Is it just that the locals don’t consider it warm enough to go to the beach right now?

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

It surprised us too ~ these shots were taken on a Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm. We expected the beaches to be much busier since it was in the high 70’s.

It may just be that the beaches are wide enough to accommodate everyone with room to spare.

Joanne Sisco - January 29, 2018

Not that I would be complaining … I like having an open beach 🙂

nrhatch - January 29, 2018


8. joyroses13 - January 29, 2018

What a perfect vacation! ❤

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

Saturday’s beach cruising (with some great tunes) was a blast!

joyroses13 - January 29, 2018

I can imagine!!

9. Val Boyko - January 29, 2018

Life is good 😊💛

nrhatch - January 29, 2018

And some days are A1!

10. Ally Bean - January 30, 2018

Loving the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea vibe. All of your photos are great. They’re a much needed look at pretty colors and unique places. Kind of the opposite of what I’m seeing out my windows right now. Thanks.

nrhatch - January 30, 2018

Our sun finally returned today . . . but the temps are still not very “beach friendly.” It’s been a chilly winter.

Hope the sun returns to you soon!

11. William D'Andrea - January 30, 2018

“They paved Paradise and put in a parking lot”; making it even better.

nrhatch - January 30, 2018

Much of south Florida was mosquito infested swamp before the developers decided to pave “Paradise” in order to lure tourists down with the promise of warm sunshine mid-winter. 😀

William D'Andrea - January 30, 2018

I wonder what environmentalists would say about that? Would they have tried to stop the development?

nrhatch - January 30, 2018

Some of it, anyway. Florida is now undergoing efforts to restore flow to the Everglades by raising the Tamiami Trail above the waterline so that the “river of grass” can be restored to its natural state.

12. Debra - February 1, 2018

I don’t care where I am in the world, I’m most at home when at the beach. I head to the shore like one of those sea turtles! Your photos are beautiful and I am always so intrigued that were it not for a few distinct details they really could be Southern California beach scenes and activities. But our palms are very different, and that’s a fun and interesting distinction for me. I also may have mentioned before that when we were on the beach in Miami I was continually turned around! For us in the west, of course, the sun sets over the ocean. It was disorienting to have the sun behind me. Such silly little observations, but they amused me! I love the way you’re spending the winter months just enjoying as much outdoors as you can possibly get. That’s a luxury! 🙂

nrhatch - February 1, 2018

Next time, come to the Gulf Coast of Florida and you won’t get turned around or feel disoriented since the sun sets over the water just like in Southern Cal!

This has been a “chilly” winter for us ~ but on the nice days, like today, we do try to get out and soak up some Florida sunshine!

13. Tiny - February 3, 2018

It seems to have been a sunny and enjoyable trip! Hubby and I visited Fort Lauderdale last May…our last road trip together so I have many bittersweet memories from that beach.

nrhatch - February 3, 2018

Sometimes the happiest memories make us the saddest because we are reminded of what we are missing.

Your ability to accept the “what is” (after so many unexpected changes in your life) never fails to impress me. Hugs!

Tiny - February 3, 2018

Thanks for the hugs Nancy!

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