After a crazy week of entertaining and traveling, I decided to stay a bit more local and go 20 minutes up the road to Boca Raton. I used to live in Boca for a short time, and since I was so close to the beach, I used to take a walk on it almost every morning before work. I still get up to Boca beach every once in a while, as it has become one of my old stomping grounds from years ago.
I proceeded to take a nice long walk south along the beach til I reached the Boca Raton Inlet. After watching a few boats go by, I went back up north along the beach til I got to the north end of Red Reef Park. Since I’ve only been to this park a couple times, I was pleasantly surprised by and thoroughly enjoyed the nice long trail and boardwalk that bordered the beach, which afforded several great pictures.
I then got the bike out of the car, and went biking along the paved trail that runs along A1A. I used to also spend much time on this trail while I lived here, but usually went rollerblading more often than biking. As I biked along the trail, I spent some time at Spanish River Park, where I’ve attended several picnics. I then biked down to the inlet for some more photo opportunities.
I next spent some quality outdoor time at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. They have several saltwater tanks featuring sharks, sea turtles and rays, along with other marine life. A fun (and shaded) boardwalk winds through a coastal hammock, with a 39-foot observation tower as a great stopping point to check out the view from above. One of my favorite places to go in Boca, it’s always a treat stopping by here and hiking along the boardwalk. And don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if go on it with rollerblades, it’s like riding on a wooden rollercoaster. All the ups and downs and zig zags make for a great time…until you run into someone. Hopefully not a park ranger, though, cause they’ll kick you out!
I ended my fun day in Boca at James A. Rutherford Park, a small and quaint park tucked away along the intracoastal waterway. Another one of my favorite haunts, I walked along the mangrove-lined boardwalk as I looked across the waterway to the nature center I was just at.
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