Ginny's Adventures 2006 travel blog

kite surfing - preparations

kite surfing in action - Miami beach in background

look what's in some back yards!

Banyan trees shade road and bike path

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Vista from Matheson Hammock Park

Today I was looking for a bicycle trail so I wouldn't be riding on sidewalks that might end or on streets with noroad shoulders or sidewalks at all. I found myself at Matheson Hammock Park - it's right next to Fairchilds Garden where I was last night! No problem. I parked and ate luch at a picnic table in the park, then rode my bike out to the end of the park which is a point jutting out into the bay. There is a restaurant there where we ate last year to celebrate Jeanne's birthday - the Red Fish Grille. There are a few restaurants that end in "Fish Grille" but I digress.

I watched guys kite surfing - a new craze down here, I think. Their kites have a tube at one long end in which they pump air. They are controlled with long strings from the ends and middle (I think) that come together on a small pole that is hooked into a kind of back brace that the surfers wear. They put their feet on a boogie board which reminds me of a snow board - same idea because the feet get "snapped" in. I didn't see any fancy moves but I think their ability to change directions while surfing is an awesome thing.

Later, I followed the bike path from the park along a street called Old Cutler. I drove by many entrances to elite homes which were expertly landscaped or walled off so we peons couldn't peek at them. Part of the street was lined with banyan trees that grew over top of the road, making it like we are traveling into the middle of a forest.

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