Palm trees, egrets, shrimp boats (and home again, home again, jiggety jig)


Palm Tree in Paradise

Palm tree in Paradise


Hello, dear reader.  I am back from a lovely week of vacationing at Fort Myers Beach, Florida, with my mom, brother and sister-in-law.

Am feeling rather mellow and tired, but wanted to upload these photos this afternoon.

South end of Fort Myers Beach from plane

South end of Fort Myers Beach from plane

It took two days to get from the Upper Peninsula to southern Florida, but that’s nothing new.  It so often seems we’re delayed by bad weather or mechanical issues.  One need not fret–you eventually reach your destination.  Eventually is the key word.

Luckily, I’m retired–so did not suffer from the usual pressure of needing to be there or here immediately.  Enjoyed a night in Detroit, courtesy of Delta.  Thanks, Delta, for putting us up.

Looking down over the pool and Back Bay from my mom's condo window

Looking down over the pool and Back Bay from my mom’s condo window

Finally arrived at my mom’s condo at the south end of the island on Monday.  Heaved a deep sigh of enjoyment and proceeded to bask in the 85+ (29 C) temperatures for the entire week.  I tried not to think of Barry stuck back in the U.P. shivering with colder-than-normal temps hovering around zero (-17 C).

Bright pink...such a change from a black & white northern world!

Bright pink…such a change from a black & white northern world!


I did not take my fancy camera this trip, but decided to snap a few pictures on my brand new cell phone.  As many of you know, I don’t have a “real” cell phone because we don’t get reliable service in our neck of the woods.  So we have purchased a TracFone for travel purposes, and recently bought one of the fancier models.  The pictures aren’t half bad, are they?  I think we’ll keep the new phone.

Let me in, Let me in, begged the Egret

Let me in, Let me in, begged the egret at the restaurant door


My mom and I used to take a walk along the beach every morning.  However, these days I’m on my own.  See the egret in the above picture?  On the first morning I paused by Wyndham Garden and sipped a long cup of coffee outside the restaurant on the terrace.  An egret kept me company.  Apparently this particular bird has been known to hop atop tables while customers eat!  He did not want a sip of coffee.

A little egret with your breakfast?

A little egret with your breakfast?

My brother has a sweet little boat and we spent several days cruising on the Back Bay behind the condos.  We would pick a different destination for lunch after motoring along the water, sometimes accompanied by dolphin sightings.

You gotta love the shrimp boats

You gotta love the shrimp boats


The next few photos are from the beach walks, mostly because my daughter specifically asked for pictures of the “Kathy walk”.   It’s an infamous walk bearing my name, mostly because I’ve always walked it when visiting the beach during the last twenty years. (Only family members and you know this.)

The walk meanders through a nature area and bird sanctuary, ending up with more coffee or orange juice at the Outrigger Beach Resort.

Driftwood on the beach

Driftwood on the beach


Green and yellow umbrellas

Green and yellow umbrellas


Posts into the Gulf

Posts into the Gulf


Sitting and fishing on a yellow bucket

Sitting and fishing on a yellow bucket


Bikes along the sand

Bikes along the sand

The trip home proved uneventful.  I emailed the kids last night:  Home again, home again, jiggety jig.

Precious family

Precious family

Hope you enjoyed a little photo diary of this trip.  And now…an afternoon nap…too much travel, apparently.  (Wait a second, can there ever be TOO much travel?)


About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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30 Responses to Palm trees, egrets, shrimp boats (and home again, home again, jiggety jig)

  1. Carol says:

    Ahhh, blue skies and water, sunshine and warmth – so welcome this time of year especially. And yes,I suppose their could be too much travel, but I’d like to try it and see what too much is.

  2. Brenda says:

    Welcome Home Dear Kathy! ❤
    Gosh, I can almost feel the warmth of the Florida air and feel the soft sand beneath my feet! Your pictures are wonderful and the images that your words bring forth make me feel like I went on vacation too! Thank you for sharing ❤

    Happy Valentines Day! xoxo

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I am so glad these Florida sand pics enlivened your day and gave you a vacation from your Minnesota snow. Glad to make the effort to post these yesterday. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, as well.

  3. Barb says:

    I’m soaking up your images and the thought of 85 degree temps! We leave for the beach late April. I’m already dreaming… Welcome back.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, it really was sublime down there. I am imagining that you will be headed for a California beach, so it makes sense that you’re “California dreamin’.” Ha ha! Thanks for the welcome home.

  4. Alanna says:

    love that egret photo!

  5. dorannrule says:

    What a lovely vacation! Your photos are terrific. Keep that phone. I love the egret begging to enter and your nature walk too. Great post and thanks for sharing.😊

    • Kathy says:

      Dor, thank goodness for blogging (and a daughter’s plea). Otherwise I probably would not have taken the pics. Guess we’ll keep this handy-dandy phone. Glad you enjoyed!

  6. Sybil Nunn says:

    That Egret is a lovely creature and very tame. Boy I’m not sure how I’d like that heat. Did you find it took the energy outta ya or did you just enjoy it ?

    Nice that you can have that time with your mom …

    • Kathy says:

      Well, Sybil, now that I’m a little more awake–there are lots of other things I could have shared. The heat was crazy! At 10 a.m., back at the condo, I had to lay down under the fan and cool down. Was sweating so much. We northerners aren’t used to such things. The walks always had to be before 10, due to the heat. On the days I didn’t walk, I participated with about 13 other ladies doing water aerobics in the pool. So fun! (And much cooler.)

  7. So glad to hear you had a nice vacation, and I’m happy to know you’re home. Your photos are lovely. I’m going to Florida in April, with my sisters, so am happy for the preview. Thanks, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, how lovely that you’ll be going south with your sisters in a couple of months. That sounds like it will be so fun! Are you going “down south” or staying further north? The traffic is crazy down our way, but the north is cooler. Guess there are always ups & downs. Looking forward to see what you will post.

      • my sister Brenda bought a time share about 45 years ago; we all thought it was a foolish investment. However, all these years later, as long as we aren’t overly particular about WHERE we go, our lodging is FREE. We talked about Georgia, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico…it boiled down to where there was availability (and cheap flights) within our time frame. Not easy, as all of us except Brenda are still working. We are going to be in Davenport, Florida, which is in the middle of the state. The “Orlando Breeze Resort” has a pool, sauna, exercise facilities, etc., etc. The area – in easy driving distance – has bookstores, galleries and several locations where we could get involved in pub trivia. Mainly we’ll be together, so I’m really looking forward to it!

  8. How I wish I could have joined you on your “Kathy walk.” I have special walks at places that I return to, also. Interestingly, no one in my family wants to walk with me, but they do want to see the photos I take on my walk (they think it’s rather ridiculous when I tell them I met a rather delightful squirrel/hawk/chipmunk/oak tree/rock on each of my walks, with fascinating conversations. Hmm, perhaps that’s why they don’t want to go with me. But you and I would find each other fascinating, dear blogging fried, and we’d freely talk to the beautiful egret. the laughing dolphins, the swanky storks we’d meet along the way. Well, sigh. Perhaps in our dreams!
    Glad you had such a wonderful get-away. Your mom lives in a lovely place.x o

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Pam! Yes, Mom does live in a beautiful place. Mostly because of the proximity to nature. Some of the other places down thattaway are surrounded by condos and endless people. I like to croon at the pink spoonbills (no sightings this year), whoop with the jumping dolphins (missed the arcing ones because I was brewing tea in the condo kitchen, but saw many swimming through the back bay) and smile with the sand dollars. We’d be talking away, wouldn’t we, and dreaming while awake? Love to hear of your own walking adventures!

  9. Kiah says:

    Kathy walk!! xoxo

  10. john K says:

    What a beautiful week!

    • Kathy says:

      John, it was the best week to get out of Dodge. Freezing cold here, lovely warm there. Almost too warm…but I limited exercise to before 10 a.m. Thank you.

  11. Lori says:

    Hey, that phone took some pretty nice pictures. Mine stinks at photos. The gulf waters have such pretty color. Looks like a nice trip. Sounds like the travel issues didn’t bother you too much. Welcome home. Now take a little vacation from your vacation. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Lori, the only thing with phone photos is…how in the world does a person look at them closely enough to decide if they want to upload to the computer? The phone screen is so little. The travel issues really weren’t awful this time, mostly because I didn’t have to be somewhere. And I’ve learned that complaints only make me unhappy, and I’d rather be happy. 🙂

  12. The pics are great and I adore the egret. I think it is a snowy egret for they have all the “pluming” and great egrets, I don’t think, have the graceful plumes. (I am no longer an active birder and have forgotten a lot). Many years ago those egrets were harvested for feathers to decorate women’s hats.

    It seems you had a grand time and I know you were happy to be back in zero weather but oh my what I nice sunny and warm reprieve from northern Michigan.

    • Kathy says:

      How nice to see you here today, Yvonne, and that you shared the difference between snowy and great egrets. It was a very nice vacation. Luckily, the temperature was near 50 degrees the day I got home! What a difference from the previous week. Didn’t even feel too painful. 🙂

  13. dawnkinster says:

    Just lovely. I don’t suppose you got to spend an extra day down there to make up for the day you spent in Detroit? My favorite of these photos is the one with green and yellow umbrellas. I’d say the camera on your phone just great!

    I finally got to Alabama today…weeks after I thought I’d be here, but life gets in the way of plans sometimes. I’m glad I stayed home till the end with Aunt Vi and she never knew I was aching to leave. Now I’m here and so very very tired I expect I’ll sleep through this weekend.

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, I could have extended my trip for one day (because of the mechanical challenges) but decided it was time to return home to Barry. You are probably still sleeping now in Alabama, since it’s the weekend, but it’s very good that you were with Aunt Vi until the end. You were very good to her.

  14. Sounds like this trip was a lovely break from a cold winter and a chance to reconnect with family. I love the picture of the egret waiting at the restaurant door. It knows full well where the food originates. The shadows from the driftwood on the beach are beautiful. Shows me that winter shadows are just as striking down south as they are up here.

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, there are so many places in Florida where it’s very commercialized and filled with people. I like these kind of places near my mom’s condo where wildlife abound. Thank goodness some wise folks created this nature sanctuary. It has provided so much respite for so many over the years. I am also feeling your presence as you looked at these photos–even at winter shadows. Deep bow to your ability of seeing.

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