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