Port St. Lucie Florida: April 6-14, 2007
From left to right: Little Blue Heron, Great White Egret (similar to Great White Heron), and a prehistoric looking pterosaur-like osprey captured with its prey (fish) firmly in talons. Click on the photos to zoom in.
The alarm went off just before 4:00AM. Just enough time to get ready for that 6h30AM flight which will take us to warmer weather and a much needed break from a cold, damp, miserable Canadian April.
It’s Good Friday and the airport is pretty quiet. We check in and go through customs and security quickly. So far so good – but just about 15 minutes from boarding, the ground crew announce that our flight has been cancelled. We are instructed to go back to pick up our luggage and return to the U.S. Air (U.S. Scare) counter. No reason or apologies given (we later find out the attendant had an accident – it was a small regional jet).
After about another hour waiting in line at the counter – it feels like Groundhog Day – we are told we can’t get a flight out until 3:00PM that afternoon. Damn. So back home we go, spending another $40 in cab fare and knowing we will not be enjoying the day in the sun – we now expect to hit Florida at around 11:00PM.
We finally fly out through Delta, stopping in Atlanta (instead of Philadelphia). After a few hours stopover we catch a second Delta flight to West Palm Beach. As my better half tries to buckle herself in, she notices that she only has half a seatbelt. I joke that she will be asked to deplane. She doesn’t find that very funny (the flight is full) – instead, she covers up the seatbelt (the missing part) with her coat and off we go.
It was a bad start, but the vacation was great – very restful. The weather was phenomenal in Florida while it was bleak and miserable in Montreal – that always makes me feel good, when the weather sucks back home while on vacation.
Took lots of photos of the wildlife while down there. Incredible opportunities to get up close to herons, egrets, turtles, one crocodile, and even some dolphins. But the outstanding moments were discovering not one, but two, osprey nests.
Return was through U.S. Air by way of Philadelphia (a very choppy, turbulent flight).
Have started to post some photos: one Florida Gallery and one Birds of Florida Gallery.
More photos over the next weeks.