Enjoying Fort Myers

We’re still here in sunny southwest Florida enjoying the Fort Myers area.  As we wrote in an earlier post, daughter Jessica visited for about five days during the holiday week.  Son Kevin flew in for a one day stay last weekend.  Kevin works for Delta Airlines in Atlanta so is able to fly standby if there are seats available.  Since this is a slow time in air travel, he was able to get a seat down on Friday night and back to Atlanta Saturday afternoon, giving him the chance to have a meal at Nino’s on Daniels, a great Italian restaurant.

We spent one day recently biking through a couple of county parks in the area.  The first is Lakes Park, a neat little park with bike/walking trails and picnic areas around a series of small lakes.

The bike path at Lake Park

We then rode about a mile up the road and entered John Yarbrough Linear Park, a six mile paved path along Ten Mile Canal.  The best part of the ride was the DQ located just east of the path at the end of the trail.  Did you know they have happy hour from 2 to 4 with half off all drink items.  Who knew ! ! !  Man are you getting old when you get excited about happy hour at a DQ!  If we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves queuing for the early bird special at Bob Evans ! ! !

The bike path in Linear Park

A small gator enjoying the sun in 10 Mile Canal

On another day we took a motorcycle ride out to take a look at Lake Okeechobee.  The map shows the highway running right along the shoreline on the southern end of the lake.  Apparently, we should have done some research into the “shoreline” of the lake.  As it turns out you can’t see the shoreline of the lake as it is surrounded (at least on the southern end) by a levee that is at least 15 feet high.  When we finally found a place to get up on top of the levee, we found you still can’t see the lake.

Lake Okeechobee

Boats use a series of channels to reach the main part of the lake, which is in the far distance in the picture above.  But it was a beautiful day for a ride so the day was still a success.

Today Pam’s mother, Fran, arrived from the frozen tundra called Clayton, NY, a tiny village along the St. Lawrence River.  Clayton is a beautiful river town that is very pleasant in the summer, but not so nice in the cold of winter.  Fran lived in Fort Myers during the winter for a number of years about 10 years ago, so she is enjoying seeing some of the spots she frequented during that time.

Mother and daughter at Fort Myers Beach

We had a nice meal at a restaurant right on the beach next to the pier at Fort Myers Beach.  After our meal we walked a bit on the beach and found a very unique seat where you can “take care of business” while, if you leave the door open, you can watch a beautiful sunset.

The "seat" . . .

Turn 180 degrees - The view . . .

The "facility" and the view . . .

No one took advantage of this unique opportunity while we were there but maybe it was just a slow night.  Once the word spreads, there will probably be a line waiting to participate.

We’ll be in Fort Myers until the end of January before heading to Tampa for a motorhome rally.  More on that later . . .

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1 Response to Enjoying Fort Myers

  1. Marsha says:

    WOW…the bike path looks awesome. I cannot believe the highlight of the lovely ride was HH at DQ! You two crack me up. I love the picture of the small alligator. How cute!
    Boy Pam…you look so much like your mom. How long is she staying? How cool to have her along to show you the sites.
    Why didn’t you take advantage of the “seat with a view”? I would have loved to see a photo of that!
    So glad you two are having a wonderful time in the sun!!! Enjoy all the time you have with your mom. Makes tons of memories!!!

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