Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Wherever we go on vacation, Chris and I love to visit state and national parks. Actually, a lot of vacations are planned so we can visit parks. Florida was no different. The main goal was to visit the Everglades — one of my life time goals!

But we also squeezed in visits to many other parks, such as Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Fla. (I don’t know why, but whenever I hear “Bill Baggs” I think “Bilbo Baggins.” You know, from “Lord of the Rings”  and “The Hobbit.”)

Beach and historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park./Photos by E.A. Seagraves & Christopher Brooke
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Anyway, we made a stop in Miami to visit Chris’ cousin, Alesia, and her family. She suggested Bill Baggs would be a nice place to spend the day. And it was.

It’s basically a beach and has bike rentals, boating and trails. We spent most of the time playing in the water and sand with Kelly and Edward, Alesia’s two kiddies.

Pelicans we saw on our bike ride.

I’m assuming since there’s a toll to cross the bridge from the main land to Key Biscayne, many people don’t venture to the park. As a result, the beach wasn’t too crowded.

We ate a late lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe. It was a pretty nice meal (Cuban fare) and I really liked being able to sit outside in sight of the water.

After Alesia took off with the kids to put them down for a nap, Chris and I rented bikes and rode around the park. It was hard to tell exactly where the bike path went, but we rode around nonetheless, using the parking lots, roads and what paths we found.

We also walked along some trails. One took us along areas that featured red mangroves and other plants. Pretty cool.

Red mangroves out in the water.

Pretty flower along the trail. Don’t know what it is though.

Trips ahead

In the coming weeks, Chris and I will head south for a pre-anniversary get away. Our anniversary isn’t until April 26, but we’re heading to Florida the end of this month. It should still be cool(er) in Florida then.

On our list of must dos: Everglades, Salvador Dali Museum and Butterfly World. None of those selections should be a surprise to anyone. We love state and national parks, I am a big Dali fan and we both love butterflies, although Chris is the one you’ll find chasing the winged beauties with a camera. I swear he has thousands of butterfly photos on our Mac.

A coworker also suggested the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Houses in Fort Myers and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. If we have time and make it out that way, we’ll investigate.

Chris also has two cousins in Florida we hope to visit. So far we haven’t heard back from them. One lives near Tampa and the other near Miami.

To make traveling easier, we’re going to stop in Savannah, Ga., on the way down and back. So far we haven’t made any plans for this city. We’re planning on getting lost and exploring all we can with the little time we’ll have to spend there.

Sidney, unfortunately, won’t get to come along. She’ll hang out with her grandparents in North Carolina. Hopefully she’ll get along with their new puppy and share her water bowl and food dish if the puppy wants to stick her snout in.

I plan to take plenty of pictures and will share some of our adventures with you. If anyone has any suggestions of places to check out, let me know by posting a comment below or sending an email here.