Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vacation for Daughter Angel and Granddaughter Brooke

Another week that just flew by way too fast. Angel and Brooke arrived last Thursday evening, 2/12 and had to catch a flight back home today 2/20.

The first day we just sat around the RV soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying the RV park. Saturday 2/14 we headed to Fisherman's Village in Punta Gorda.

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There some souvenirs were bought and boats to look at along a pier with Palm Trees.

2015-02-14 11.55.06 As an added treat we watched a Charter Captain filet a couple fish for a customer.

2015-02-14 12.07.08 2015-02-14 12.02.38 From there we headed to the Ponce De Leon Nature Center. A bird sanctuary with amazing birds were on display.

P2140046  From this little owl, to this owl.

 2015-02-14 12.36.22 2015-02-14 12.42.12 Just about every bird found here in Florida is at the sanctuary.

From there a stop to check out the small beach. I can’t call it a beach as there was no way to get to the water with a steel sea wall, but the view is great.

2015-02-14 13.08.48 On Monday we headed to Ft. Myers Beach. This beach is one of our favorites, but you have to arrive early to beat the traffic and find a parking spot. We arrived by 10am which was almost too late! When we left around 2pm, there was a 4 mile back up of traffic wanting to get to the beach. Lucky for us there was no traffic leaving the beach.

2015-02-16 13.26.2820150216_123225 20150216_123551 Even though the cool temperatures kept you out of the Gulf waters, the warm sun made for a great day on the beach. Catching all that wonderful sunshine made us hungry for lunch, so we headed to our favorite beach front restaurant Nemos.

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20150216_11040420150216_110538 What a great open air restaurant! The food we had was well worth the price paid. 20150216_114028 The serving of Nacho’s was enough for 4 people!20150216_114017I had the hot wings. When I ordered, I asked for the “Hot” sauce. The waiter warned me that they make their own sauce and the Hot version is really hot. So I ordered the medium heat sauce, which was almost more heat than I could take! But they were delicious!

The kids stay was winding down and there was yet another beach that needed to be explored. Englewood Beach is where one can actually find Shark teeth, and Brooke didn’t waste any time finding a handful.20150218_104655 P2180028

20150218_104931The weather was not the best as the cold front moved in from the North. Winds were blowing 30 MPH so we had to keep our hoodie’s on.P2180034But that didn’t stop Nana and Brooke from taking a “dip” in the Gulf! P2180032

Heading home we stopped at a local restaurant near our RV park. The Navigator is known for it’s “Big Fish Sandwich” which I just had to try. We were told that it’s so big it would feed 2 so Wilma and I split one, which was plenty for each of us.

20150218_133658P2180040We had to taste the “Gator Bites” above. Angel was so funny as she ate one. She kept her eyes closed and kept telling herself “I’m not eating Alligator”. P2180045      But we all did like them….well maybe Angel didn’t.  Another great “Old Florida” business with plenty of history, great food and drinks. P2180037P218003920150218_134318

As I write this blog, they are both back home in Cold, Cold Michigan. Wilma and I already miss them, and the fun they bring with them.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ribs, Country, and Boat Ride

Saturday evening we had tickets to a dinner show here at Oak Haven RV Park. On the menu was a half slab of smoked ribs, slaw, and baked beans.

The ribs were smoked for over 6 hours, prepared by residents of the park.

20150207_172243 The smell of the ribs cooking had everyone in the park starving by dinner time! Inside the club house other residents were getting the slaw and baked beans ready.

20150207_172518 The dinner is what I would call a “finger lick’n” good. We were all happy Wilma remembered to bring a roll of paper towels as the small napkins just weren’t enough.

20150207_174119 After dinner we were entertained by Brett Baker, a Canadian country western singer.

20150207_172414 Brett was just fantastic! In my opinion even better than some of the professional singers you hear! He kept us entertained for over 3 hours with only 1 short break. Afterward we all headed back to our RV’s for a quiet rest full night with songs dancing in our heads.

Sunday morning the weather forcast was for sunny skies. Wilma and I took a ride to the local beaches to spend a few hours soaking up the sunshine and gazing out at the Gulf. It wasn’t meant to be as each beach we went to was so crowded that there were no parking spots to be had. Three different beaches all jammed packed, so we headed back to the RV.

Gary asked if we would like to go out on the boat. Yes, that sounds like fun, so the four of us headed to the boat here in the park and loaded our supplies. Hooked the boat to my pickup, drove the 3 minute drive to the boat launch, and before you know it we were on Lettuce Lake.

P2080063  We kept a sharp eye out for any gators, anxious to get a photo of a few. But we didn’t see any, not to say that they weren’t out of our site as this lake has plenty of them.

But we did find other treasures to photo. Like a sunken pirate’s ship.

P2080080 Plenty of dead trees with Spanish Moss hanging from them. Almost looks like a sceen in a Horror movie.

20150208_150953 Of course it wouldn’t be Florida if it weren’t for the Palm Trees.

20150208_142833 20150208_143533 P2080075 Just had to take a “selfee” photo of us enjoying the ride. I think that’s what their called.

20150208_143753 We spotted what we thought might be a Bald Eagle. But on second thought it probably was an Osprey which looks almost identical but smaller.

P2080072 We think this one might be a Large Blue Heron. Don’t really know as none of us are bird watchers.

P2080084 Of course there are plenty of these strange looking creatures on the water! :)

P2080066 I would guess these air boats are about the safest on the lakes and rivers here in Florida. You don’t have to worry about hitting any Manatee and injuring them with a motor prop.

We had a wonderful time and look forward to the next boat ride.

Until next time be safe and God Bless.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Maiden Boat Voyage

My buddy Gary is looking at purchasing a pontoon boat for some fun on “Lettuce Lake” which is just behind our RV Park. Our managers of the park told him that they would be willing to sell him their pontoon boat, but first Gary had to take it out for a “spin up the lake”.

20150202_Gary n Cheryl's new boat. So we hooked it up to my pickup and down to the boat ramp we went, which is only a 2 minute drive from our park.

2015-02-01 Captain Gary Gary was pleased with the way the boat handled, so I know he is going to purchase it for some future fun times on the Lettuce Lake.

2015-02-01 Lettuce Lake Palms Lettuce Lake looks to us like a river, not a lake. Heavy brush and vegetation growth right up to the water.

2015-02-01 Tropical Beach (9) Gators have been spotted by other boaters so we kept a sharp eye open. We didn’t see any gators, but did see a turtle.

2015-02-01 Lettuce Lake Palms (2) Lettuce Lake has many branches that one could get lost on if not careful. So as Gary piloted the ship, I kept an eye on the Google maps from my phone, and did the navigating.

We did come up to what looked like a very small sandy beach.

2015-02-01 Tropical Beach (1) As we got closer we did discover others had been here before. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a gator or two had been here also.

2015-02-01 Tropical Beach (3)It was a nice discovery on our maiden voyage, but I don’t think we will be bringing the wives with us for a day at this beach.

We are looking forward to the day when we can bring the wives with us and enjoy a fun filled day on the boat.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.