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Dec 3, 2020 - on the island

One of our goals here was to ride a section of the 110 mile bike trail on the dike that circles Lake Okeechobee. We tried to do so yesterday, but wherever we tried to get on the trail, the area was closed and under repair. We've heard that the lake level is much higher than usual due to excessive rain, but aren't sure if that had anything to do with it. Very frustrating! We've enjoyed nature viewing and it's a safe thing to do during these COVID times but we don't want to do so every day, so we decided to take our bikes to Sanibel Island,...

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Nov 4, 2020 - Letterboxing for 2 days

While "camping" out at Horner's RV repair shop, I spent the days finding letterboxes from Punta Gorda down to Lehigh Acres and today in Sanibel. 11 were found, but 4 were not. Sanibel/Captiva has lots more letterboxes to search for! I am sharing some pictures from the walks that I did. Yesterday, I stopped at Fort Myers Shores Trail Park because of the name. I have no idea what shores are there because it is way east of the Gulf! The trail was 68 steps on a boardwalk! I ended the day at one of my favorite places - Six Mile Cypress Slough. I...

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Dec 12, 2019 - Clam Bayou outing

Clam Bayou is the little stretch of waterway from the popular Bowman's Beach to the Gulf. People from the beach have to walk a long distance to get to where we stop and enjoy the beach so it is special. This is where there is a big sand bar and many brown pelicans, a few white pelicans, cormorants,and small birds hang out. I didn't stop to take pictures here today because I've done it every other time I've come here. While the others were shelling, I watched the pelicans feed and the waves come in. It was peaceful and a great way to spend...

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Dec 13, 2018 - Clam Bayou kayak

It seems to work out that twelve of us go kayaking on a Thursday and that seems to be a perfect number. The day started out cool but the kayaking temperature was warm and the day was a bit overcast or it was hazy, so sunburn wasn't a threat. The first thing that got my attention was a yellow-crowned night heron. I had not seen them here before, so it was a treat. But then I saw another and another - 5 or 6 all in different places with different poses. Sweet! This is the corridor with lots of Osprey and they are still there. We paused to...

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Mar 14, 2018 - Dolores & I at Sanibel

Dolores flew in to Punta Gorda yesterday along with a cold front. I took her to Ponce de Leon Park with a lunch so she could see the Gulf right away. We then toured the Peace River Wildlife Sanctuary and she really enjoyed that. Today, you can see we made a trip from one end to the other of Sanibel and Captiva. Of course we did the car drive through Ding Darling after visiting the Visitor Center there. It was beautiful but cool and breezy.

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Mar 1, 2018 - Clam Bayou kayak

Finally have time to kayak again! February was cold anyway! Cindy and I went earlier than the others because we have to leave earlier to get back for chorus. It gave us some alone and quiet time on the water to view the birds. This is another relatively short paddle leading to a beach that not many people frequent. It is at the end of Bowman's Beach on Sanibel. The beach has changed dramatically in that the sand is pushed back a long way. We used to have a big area to "park" the kayaks and then a very short walk over a sand mound to get to...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Sanibel Island

Wednesday we went to Sanibel Island, to the JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge where we hoped to see some really cool critters! Sadly, the spoonbills, bobcats, alligators, and turtles didn't come out to greet us. But the scenery was beautiful and we did see some neat schools of fish, crabs and other birds like osprey, heron, egret and ibis. We decided to go to the beach and drove up to Captiva where we gawked at super posh houses and searched futilely for a place to park Dave's (seemingly) gigantic pick up truck! We finally ended up...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Sanibel

March 26 - April 2, 2016 Sanibel Check-in at our seaside cottage on Sanibel Island was 3PM and we got there precisely on the dot. We had driven across the more scenic highway 41 after leaving Miami. Along the way, we stopped at Everglades City for lunch at The Camila Street Grill - one of our favorite places in this neck of the woods. We had been lucky and probably got a cancellation at Shalimar when we booked last December. As we opened the door to the cottage, we were astounded to see that the rear door entry was through the bathroom! The...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Clam Bayou

Another kayaking Thursday! We went to a favorite beach out on Sanibel at the end of Bowman's beach where few people go because it's a far walk from the main beach. The shells and sand were pushed back quite a bit from our recent storms. I was on the water first and the group was big, so I just went on the bayou ahead of the pack to get my nature experience. I heard the winds out on the gulf and the waves hitting the shoreline on the other side of the tree line. There were many osprey as usual, but I thought there were many more cormorants...

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Jan 7, 2016 - Kayak trip in J.N. Ding Darling NWR

This may be a record number of people from Carefree going out on a kayaking trip with more than 12 cars! We started out with 20 kayakers, but a couple forgot their paddles and had to stay behind. We left the park after 10 AM and didn't get everybody on the water until almost 11:30. One in the group tipped the boat while getting in and another tipped her boat while getting out - these activities are the most precarious for most of us aging women! I saw the pelicans while we were stopped for lunch and I also saw 3 roseate spoonbills flying...

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Dec 4, 2015 - Side trip to Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a well-known and popular Island Near Fort Myers. Florida, near Tampa. When I had Girl Scouts years ago, one of the girls went on a wider opportunity to the island, and on some level, I thought it was a remote place..... Boy, was I wrong! People and traffic everywhere, and a person cannot get NEAR a beach without paying a $10 parking fee, which you pay again if you leave the lot and go to another spot. The beaches were, as expected, white and sparkling, but spoiled by the number of people who were willing to pay the fee...

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Feb 27, 2015 - Visiting with Jeanne & Laurie

It was great to spend most of the day with Jeanne & Laurie and their housemate, Margie today. I had picked Laurie up at the airport last night and taken her to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Cape Coral last night. We then had dinner down the street at a place called La Trattoria. It is a family owned and run restaurant that makes great thin pizzas and Italian dishes. We met at a parking lot on McGregor Ave. and rode together to Sanibel. We spent time at the visitor center and on the walking path at J.N.Ding Darline National Wildlife Refuge....

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