Here's Arlene holding the boy, squinting into the bright sun...it was already very warm at 9 am.
We took a walk out on the boardwalk to look at all the blooming water lilies. There are so many of them...
Arlene walked ahead while Gizzy dragged his "tail" so that I had to pick him up and carry him (he always does that here because I think he senses the alligators and dogs are alligators' favorite snacks.)
Here I am in my big, fat glory (and ugly, pulled back hair)... but I'm hoping that since I'm smiling and Gizzy looks so dog gone cute, there is redemption in this photo somewhere...
Arlene looking down onto the water lilies.
This is the very end of the short pier where people like to fish from. If you stand at the end of the railing and look out onto the rippling water, it feels like you're floating on a Pontoon or boat. I love it, but it makes Gizzy very nervous to be out here, so we didn't stay very long.
One more shot of my handsome boy.
The weather was iffy today, cloudy, rather windy and at times it even looked like rain, but no such luck!
Off in the distance there are fields upon fields of floating water lilies. I'm always impressed with the look of these Bald Cypress (or Swamp Cypress) trees growing right out of the water...I really like them!
After we returned, we were going to take a walk on the nature trail, but it was getting too hot and Gizzy just kept pulling towards the Outpost where he knows it's air conditioned and they have beef jerky...so, his Auntie Sandy (who runs the Outpost) gave him some water and fed him a beef jerky and then he floppped down on the cool cement and snoozed while the three of us talked - in between customer service.
It was a very nice little visit.