Our grandson is the primary reason we travel to Ft. Lauderdale; we love our son, daughter-in-love, and her parents, but He is the reason! This trip centered around his 2nd birthday and all the fun for that time. As a two year old, Ansel loves big machines, construction equipment, fire equipment, big trucks……..but specifically Trash Trucks! For the last 6 months, he has loved everything to do with trash: putting stuff in the can, emptying the can, taking the container to the street, and watching the trash man in his trash truck on the street. His tears can often be abated with the words, “Will you put this ___ into the trash please?” And so, it goes without saying that he would have a Trash Bash Birthday! My daughter-in-love had trashy invitations, trash truck banners, trash can party favors, even a trash truck cake!
The rain held off (for the most part, it is back to that 2 minute rain cycle again) and many of his pre-school and church friends came to the playground to celebrate with him. As the saying goes, “You know it was a good day if you didn’t hit or bite anyone,” so this party was a success.
While we were in the area, I spent an hour (until it started raining, again) at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This is a tropical oasis right in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale at the beach. Seriously, once you drive in here, the high rise condos and traffic are gone, and you are swallowed by the jungle. They have a walking tunnel to cross FL A1A that takes you right out to the beach! They also have a nice loop drive through the park, through mangroves, Banyan & Live Oak trees, beside bayous and the Intercoastal Waterway. Again, I did not see any alligators or big stuff, but I did see lots of birds and a rangy looking raccoon.
Too soon, our wet trip to Ft. Lauderdale is over. We already miss our grandson and can’t wait to return, rain or no rain!