By BJ Henning
On Friday the 13th, a lucky day for us, a group of 26 from the Marco Island Historical Society gathered to tour a scientific phenomenon known as the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida.
We wanted to explore and try to understand how a man, five feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, could lift tons of coral out of the ground, single-handedly, without power tools or electricity and create an open floor plan home. The tiny man with dark piercing eyes, Edward, was filled with an overwhelming hopeful love for his “sweet sixteen,” who rejected him. He built a coral castle home as a tribute to what they could have shared.
Gee, some men just buy flowers! How could he move, carve and create furniture for every room and a nine-ton gate so perfectly balanced it swings open with just the touch of a finger? The futuristic, comfortable lounge chairs were placed so that the sun was always at his back for reading. Ed did apparently share with some people that he knew the secret of how the pyramids were built!
The next stop was Shivers BBQ Restaurant for lunch. It was a needed relief to sit in air conditioning, fill up with great food and have fun with the waitresses who were caring and helpful. A must stop!
Then off to RF Orchid farm, a magical, fairy land of gardens with benches to sit and ponder the beauty. Green houses were filled with hundreds of new species of orchids and there was also a charming gift shop. We were even served papaya iced tea.
It was a wonderful day filled with new adventures, a new restaurant and meeting new Marco friends.
The next bus field trip will be to the Ringling Museums on October 12th.