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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Another scavenger hunt.....Belated Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!!!!

The second day of the Scavenger Hunt was quite a long but learning day. We began in North Miami, then to the Keys then the Everglades, well almost. There sure is a spice of Life in Miami, Florida!

 OK, let see where we are going to take you all today! First, we are off to the Miami Zoo. Some interesting information about the zoo.

 The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, branded and commonly known as Zoo Miami, formerly known as Miami MetroZoo, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. It is located on the old Richmond Naval Air Station[5] site, southwest of Miami in southern metropolitan Miami-Dade County, in the center of the census-designated places of Three Lakes (north), South Miami Heights (south), Palmetto Estates (east) and Richmond West (west). It houses over 2,000 animals on 740 acres (299 ha), 324 acres (131 ha) of which are developed. It is about 3 mi (5 km) around if walked on the path, and has over 100 exhibits.

 The history of the zoo can be traced back to 1948, when 3 monkeys, a goat and 2 black bears were purchased for $270 from a small road show stranded near Miami. These 6 animals were the beginning of the Crandon Park Zoo on the island of Key Biscayne, just southeast off the coast from downtown Miami. The zoo was reopened in 1980 as Miami MetroZoo with a preview section of 12 exhibits and Asia, the first major exhibit, opened on 12 December 1981. A total of 38 exhibits, covering 200 acres (81 ha), were open to the public at this time.

There are four main exhibit sections in the zoo; Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond and Australia. The property includes a large lake, called Lake Iguana.

The Miami Zoo is a interesting place to spent the day! It is over 100 almost 100 years, not as old as the Girls Scouts!

Just a peek!

Next we continued our path to the Southern part of Miami, Florida. Off we go to the Homestead-Miami Speedway. We would hope one day for the girls to see an event. Some information about the race track.
Homestead-Miami Speedway is a race track in Homestead, Florida southwest of Miami.
Since 2002 Homestead has hosted the final races of the season in all three of NASCAR's series: the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Ford Motor Company sponsors all three of the season-ending races; the races have the names Ford EcoBoost 400, Ford EcoBoost 300, and Ford EcoBoost 200, respectively, and the weekend is marketed as Ford Championship Weekend. The Nationwide Series (then known as the Busch Series) has held its season-ending races at Homestead since 1995.
The speedway was constructed, with the efforts of promoter Ralph Sanchez, as part of a plan to help Homestead rebound after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew. Groundbreaking began August 24, 1993, exactly one year after the hurricane.
It opened in November 1995 with a NASCAR Busch Series (currently the Nationwide Series) race, the last race of that season. The Busch Series would continue to hold its season-ending races at Homestead; in 2002 NASCAR's Winston Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series would also hold their season-ending races at Homestead as well. Since 2002 NASCAR has marketed the seasons-ending Homestead races as Ford Championship Weekend.

We certainly had fun outside getting some exercise and one day soon we will be inside to enjoy an event! 
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Almost there!

Getting ready for pic.

Have a great weekend, the Girls Scout troops sure will! More to come in the next adventure! 
We are in the point of Florida, can you guess where our next stop is? Let's see who is Good at this Guessing game!!!!

For more information, please visit Wikipedia.

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