Friday, June 15, 2012

Riverwalk - Fort Lauderdale


Riverwalk 
I have lived in several places in South Florida over the years but I have lived my life on Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale. It has been the go to place to share special moments with family, out of town guests, old friends, new acquaintances, as well as first dates, dinner dates, events, and even breakups. Sometimes a text message is really not enough on that last one.

How long have I been visiting this part of the New River? I bought a $50.00 personalized brick for the renovation a few decades ago so long before that even. Riverwalk is one of those South Florida locations that just gets better with age.

Jungle Queen
This past Sunday it was just me, my camera, and a flood of memories. I remember dinner and a walk before shows like Stomp, Rent, Wicked, and Beethoven at the Broward Center. There is a free Jazz Brunch the first Sunday of every month and I've been to about two dozen.  Special events like the Glam Doll Strut are held here. I watched the Boat Parade from this spot one year.

Water Taxi
When my daughter was young we would spend an entire day going up and down the river on the Water Taxi. They run the boats on used cooking oil and every time I think of those trips I'm hungry for french fries for some reason. For something a little larger and a whole lot more touristy, there is the Jungle Queen. It's been decades since I have been a passenger. Maybe it's time to get a group of friends and go again.

Crossing the river you will find draw bridges, a train draw bridge and the most unique way to get to the other side, a tunnel. Since this part of Florida is only 10 feet above sea level you would think a tunnel would be more or less impossible. Even more impossible considering the size of the boats that pass over the road.









I have more photos on my Flickr site. If you are wondering where all the people are, I went at 2:00 pm on the hottest day of the year so far. Unless you work in a blast furnace or weld in a ship yard for a living, you may want to choose winter or the morning and evening hours for your visit.















4 comments:

  1. WOW! So much happening here that a walk along the river must be like a mobile diary! If those things still exist ...

    Thanx for 3 great reads - always a pleasure to drop by because there's always something good happening here!

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  2. @ Red - If I add up all the great times I've had in my life, half have been on this little stretch of the river and the rest all over the world.

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