Sunday, November 02, 2008

Florida - Casperson Beach - Days 4-8

I've become more of a beach bum as I've got older and Casperson Beach is my second favourite beach on the planet (Maldives No 1). It has everything - miles of white sand, dolphins curving just behind the surf, pelicans skimming, herons staring, sandpipers keeping one step in front of the froth. Fishermen catching the beautiful Ladyfish and even sharks. We always catch a few fish when fishing straight off the beach here. On long walks there's always wildlife to watch, and the beach washes up fossilised shark's teeth. In some stretches you can pick up a few every few yards. Then there's the sunsets - long after the sun has set the colours deepen and the green herons come out to feed. Even behind the beach there's the gopher tortoises and Ospreys. The turtle nests are carefully marked and you can occasionally find bits of their broken shells. All of this walking makes you hungry so there's Mel's Diner with its babyback ribs, Crows Nest for seafood and Sharky's on the beach for beer and a burger.
As a backdrop experience I enjoyed the South Florida Museum, with its aquarium and three manitees, planetarium and exhibits around elections, early colonialism, geology, flora and fauna. While having lunch outside at the nearby marina we saw a shoal of two-foot long Tarpon attack a shoal of smaller fish by cornering them in the harbour. It was right in front of us.