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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The road to home

I've been traveling Old Cutler Road since I've been a boy. Daily at times. I still take it to get home to my parents.

New signs have gone up the past couple of weeks explaining the history.

I remember when it used to rain a lot the stone crabs used to come out in the thousands, they were smashed all over Old Cutler as you couldn't navigate past them. People always said you would puncture your tires driving over them, but I don't know anyone that it every happened to.

The stone crabs would always end up in our pool, they would break right through the screen and dive in. You don't see them these days, too much development, same for all those flat, white tree frogs that used to sit against our windows at night.

And the possums. They used to be all over Old Cutler, too. No more.

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8 Comments:

Blogger HectorinMiami said...

So sad. I haven't seen a blue crab in years. Where have they gone??

*Sigh* Is the dramatic drop in blue crabs the canary in the bay for Miami?

All major ruins of pre-Colombian cities in the Americas (and in the rust belt) were abandoned within a 50 year period. Will Miami join that statistic?

March 26, 2014 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, stone crabs all over the road. Now that's a dream worth having with a side of mustard sauce. I think the BLUE crabs have lessened due to proper drainage. Or maybe the Bahamians have over hunted them.

March 26, 2014 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Cutler s one of the nicest, most authentic Grove areas available with tradition, great canopies, and a proper name (makes you wonder about Ingram "Hwy" or other alleged "highways" or imaginary "plazas" around here)

The ole bike trail could use a good resurfacing though, unless you're into BMX cross-terra thrill rides, of course.
CI

March 26, 2014 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yankee's go home. Those weren't stone crabs or blue crabs, they were land crabs. I.E., not so long ago mangrove snapper's [grey snapper's] were considered junk fish when Florida rock lobster sold for $.25 cents per lb., now shark is called dog fish & dolphin is called mahi mahi, so on, so on & so on. American's didn't eat this so called junk [easy to catch] stuff. But, as many more people flowed in from Central, South America & Asia and experience this extreme abundance of really great protein, presto, it all got ate up! And the tires didn't help.

March 26, 2014 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possums are ugly, rodent like, stringy & easy to catch if their two front fangs don't scare U, and quite tasty with sweet potato's. Where have all the flowers gone, a long, long time ago? I still have mango's avocado's, bananas, herbs, a few pineapples & occasionally raccoon - - - - take it easy, their pets passing through, but the squirrel's are thinning out!

March 26, 2014 7:50 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

That's right, they were land crabs, not stone crabs.

March 26, 2014 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One the prettiest drives I have ever been, I always take out of town visitors for a drive around it.

March 29, 2014 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THat actually still happens. I usually see them crossing by the snapper creek marina bridge. I remember always running over them when I was younger.

April 03, 2014 9:40 AM  

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