The weather has been beautiful here in southwest Florida, giving us the opportunity to explore the area. One afternoon we took the bicycles on to Pine Island, just off the coast of Cape Coral, a city across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers. Pine Island is about a mile wide and sixteen miles long. Unlike Sanibel and Captiva Islands directly to the south, Pine Island has no sandy beaches and is basically made of the same rock coral as the mainland of Florida. It is a very rural area with no traffic lights and agriculture the main economic activity. We rode the bike path along the main roadway from the town of Pine Center where you enter the island south to St. James City. To call St. James a city is a bit of a stretch, but it does have the majority of the island’s population.
One thing of interest was the art work on many of the telephone poles along the path. We didn’t see anything describing the source of the artwork but suspect one of the high schools in the area has an active art program
If you ride too far south prepare to get your feet wet as the road ends abruptly, with Captiva Island across the water in the distance.
After avoiding riding into the water, we decided to stop for a bite to eat. Who could pass up a restaurant with a name like this?
A couple of days later, we put the bikes back in the car and headed for Sanibel and Captiva Islands, just off the Ft. Myers coast. We visited the beach on Sanibel just after Christmas with our daughter, Jessica, but wanted to ride the bikes on the island. After parking on the northern part of the island, we rode the bikes northward, across a small bridge onto Captiva Island. While on Captiva, we stopped for lunch at an odd restaurant called The Bubble Room, which was recommended as an essential part of any trip to Captiva by a friend of Pam’s, Kristen Kline.
The Bubble Room gets it’s name from the bubble lights from Christmas trees in the 1950s. It’s theme is a mixture of Christmas, Hollywood, nostalgia, and antiques.
The servers are called “Bubble Scouts, and sport zany hats and khaki uniforms covered with crazy buttons.
As we travel around in our motorhome we sometimes discuss where we would live if we decided to settle down and buy a house. So as we rode along the beaches of Captiva we looked for houses where we might want to “settle down.” With real estate prices at all time lows, it doesn’t hurt to look at a property and make an offer. This small house caught our eye and we may submit a bid.
Turn 180 degrees and this is the view from the gate.
After some thought, we decided we didn’t like the hedges blocking the view so we decided to keep looking.
After such strenuous biking, a bit of a rest was in order. So we loaded up the bikes, unloaded the beach chairs, and headed for the sand.
Another afternoon we drove about an hour north to Venice, Florida, for a nice lunch with relatives. John’s sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Bob, have a condo in South Pasadena, near St. Petersburg where they escape the harsh winters of Erie, PA. Patty called to let us know that our cousin Jane and her husband Dwayne, who live in Denver, were spending the month in Venice. We always enjoy visiting with both of these couples.
Our stay in Ft. Myers is quickly drawing to a close. This weekend we move north to Lazydays RV Park near Tampa for a four day rally with other owners of a Fleetwood Discovery motorhome. Then, it’s a short trip back south to Cortez, near Bradenton Beach, where we will enjoy a two month stay less than a mile from the beach!