Ft. Myers, FL
It seems that it’s been a while since our last post, but we’ve just been sitting in Ft. Myers enjoying the weather. OK, maybe we haven’t been enjoying the weather, as it has been mostly cloudy and cool (for southwest Florida) with a bit of rain and wind mixed in. So our outdoor activities have been a bit limited during the past few weeks.
We did manage some time with friends we have made in our travels. We met Steve and Esther on our recent cruise. They were staying at the family condo in Bonita Springs Beach so one afternoon we drove down for a nice lunch and visit. They are now headed to Southeast Asia for a tour of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, and we are looking to meet up with them in the future to hear about their exciting adventures.
We also had a great visit with fellow full-timers Steve and Monaliza (The Lowe’s RV Adventure) who are also in Bonita Springs. They came up to our park for lunch one day and we shared cruise adventures as they had also recently taken a cruise in the Caribbean.
About seven miles from our site at Cypress Woods is a wetland preserve called Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced “slew”). The Slough is a 2,500 acre wetland that is approximately 9 miles long and 1/3 mile wide. This linear ecosystem is home to a diverse population of plants and animals, including a few considered to be endangered.
While the visitor center was closed (it was Monday), we enjoyed walking the mile and a half boardwalk through the slough.
At one point we stopped to look around and spotted the little guy in the picture below taking a rest in a sunny spot.
Further down the walkway we could hear something coming toward us through the brush. Soon the two young feral pigs appeared.
Soon two more young ones appeared followed by an adult. None of them appeared bothered by our presence, they were too busy acting like, well, pigs! A park volunteer we met later said that the pigs are a problem and are trapped and removed from the area when caught.
Bird enthusiasts seem to really enjoy the slough as there are a number of small lakes where a variety of species can be seen.
One day the weather warmed up sufficiently for a bike outing, so we loaded our bikes into the back of the Jeep and headed for Captiva Island. After paying a toll ($6) we crossed a bridge and causeway on to Sanibel Island.
We then drove about eight miles and parked next to the small strip of water that separates Sanibel from Captiva. From there we rode the bikes a couple of miles to the end of the island where we knew a small coffee shop was located (its name begins with an “S”).
After returning to the Jeep, we spend a little time walking along the shore. It was a little cool and breezy so the beach was deserted, except for the birds.
Two weeks ago Pam’s mother, Fran, was scheduled to arrive for a visit from her home in northern New York. But with the below zero temperatures scheduled for that area she didn’t want to leave her house empty and, since the forecast was for cold weather here, we moved her flight reservation to this week. She was scheduled to arrive today (Sunday) but we got a message last night from the airlines that the first leg of her flight (Watertown to Chicago) was cancelled due to bad weather. Since there is only one flight out of Watertown each morning, she has been re-scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully, she’ll be able to get out of the frozen tundra safely and warm up a bit here for a few days!