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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Walked Out.

Our Location today is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

When Kathy researches things for us to do it’s not always going to a museum, concert or one of the wonders of the world. Today our outing was to a mall. A Mall you’d sneer! Why go to a mall? It just so happens that the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Fort Lauderdale is advertised as The Largest Mall in The USA and even though we’re not shopaholics we do like to look around and be able to say we were there. 

Map of the Mall layout.
Another reason Kathy had spotted that there was a Rain Forrest Café inside this mall. They even told us the closest entrance to park near since Kathy didn’t want to spend the day walking around a mall that was perfect and huge. Well we parked near the entrance we thought had been recommended but it wasn’t. The entrance we used brought us through an outdoor strip mall type setting of stores that eventually brought you to the indoor mall. We had to stop many times to check the mall maps to find our way to the restaurant. You could get lost in this mall and not come outside for weeks. We spent nearly an hour walking through the maze of what appeared to be a bunch of smaller malls and outer strips that had been covered over by a bunch of varying types of roof coverings before arriving at the Rain Forest Café
The arched aquarium entrance.

By this time we were really hungry so after pouring over the stack of menus presented to us and finding that they had discontinued the Seniors Menu we simply ordered fish and chips for lunch. There were all kinds of families with young children around us that couldn’t wait for the exotic animals hiding in the surrounding jungle to start their animated routines. 

We ordered a cup of soup as our appetizers that was part of the meal and were just starting to relax after finishing them when our meals arrived. Fortunately they didn’t over serve the meal with fries but the problem was the four pieces of breaded fish on each of our plates. To resolve the issue we simply cut the breading off the fish in order to almost clean our plates. Yes we could have shared a single meal and have been very satisfied. 
After leaving we attempted to retrace our steps in reverse to find our way back to the truck. We spotted a unique shop called The Art of Shaving and since I shave with that sort of razor Kathy thought we should check it out. When I apply the shaving cream I use an applicator brush made by Wilkinson shaving products but the bristles start falling out the very first time I use them. So after going through many of those brushes over the years Kathy decided it was time to buy a decent brush. They have brushes there that you could use as a down payment on a car but we stuck to the less expensive brush made from Badger hair. We’ll be trying it out and seeing if it holds up better than the ones I’ve been using. 

We finally made it back to the outdoor strip mall stores and we stopped to try to find some shoes that would give Kathy better arch support at a few of the shoe stores. Everything she tried just didn’t seem to have the support of her Dr. Scholl’s inserts that she is presently wearing so we walked away empty handed. 

By this time we’d almost walked off our lunch and were within sight of the truck but wanted a lite snack. We stopped at a shop where you make your own Frozen Yogurt Sundaes. Kathy added chocolate sauce on her’s while I added mandarin oranges and peaches.   

On our way home we passed by something else we might check out this week. For supper we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a cookie were very satisfied. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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  1. You're brave. Or maybe there's another word? No malls for me if I can help it.

  2. Has Kathy tried Superfeet insoles? I'm wearing the copper ones that are a little cushier than the blues. It seems that all shoe manufacturers today assume you will bring your own foot beds and so they don't spend any money on them. REI carries them.