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The Biggest Fleamarket Ever!

Friday, January 18th

After a slow start we went over to Fort Myers to find the Fleamarket. It was huge, they advertised 900 vendors, although many of the stall were empty. They had a section of second hand and antique stuff, as well as a large section of new stuff. Everything from people selling off a table in the middle of the hallway to a full size store. We had lunch in the food court and had a good time looking around, even bought a few things. On our way back we visited Tarpon Point marina and shops. Then home for supper at a reasonable hour with more canasta. Don and Judy won the first night, Bill and I the second, so this was the deciding game. And Don and Judy won by a whisker!!

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Exporing Fort Myers

Thursday, January 17th

We decided on a little slower day with not so much driving. We revisited the burrowing owl den site we had seen earlier – right in the middle of town in someone’s front yard and Don got a great photo of the owls. Then we went to a shopping center in Fort Myers and checked out a couple of stores. There are lots of empty storefronts around – times are tough! Bill took us to the Harley Davidson store so he could get a T-shirt. That was a trip for us, never having been in one before. After visiting the Farmer’s Market, we had a nice lunch at a sidewalk café. When we walked down to the waterfront, we had a conversation with a ship’s captain who was very informative. Face it, we prairie people don’t know much about boats! We returned home and then went to Noreen and Rick’s (Judy and Bill’s friends) place for drinks and then out for supper to a lovely restaurant called the Bonefish Grill.
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Exploring the Everglades

Wednesday, January 16

Today we visited the Everglades. We drove down to Everglades City on the edge of the national park and took an airboat ride. It was a little disappointing, because we just drove thru mangrove tunnels and only saw a few birds and raccoons. Apparently the gators move away this time of year toward the freshwater part of the glades. On our way back up the highway we stopped at a boardwalk into the jungle. It was quite interesting with interpretative signs and we saw a couple of gators sunning on a log and a turtle, as well as a bald eagle on its nest. We tried to have a swim at Naples beach on our way back, but some little fish were bumping into our legs and freaked us out so it was a very quick dip.
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Tuesday, January 15

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

sunny 27 °C

We got going fairly early this morning and drove over the causeway to Sanibel Island, where there are lovely beaches and lots of shells to be found. After stopping at the Tourist Information booth, we went to the Lighthouse beach and walked for quite a long way beachcombing. Very nice beach, calm water, lots of shells lying around. After we had lunch, we did more exploring of the islands and drove thru the Darling Wildlife Refuge. The road winds along an embankment thru the mangrove swamps – lots of birds, but we didn’t see any gators or turtles! After a swim at one of the beaches, we headed home, by way of a farmer’s market. With enough veggies and fresh fish bought, we made a very nice supper and played canasta until bed.
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Cape Coral, Florida

sunny 24 °C

We arrived safely and with very little in the way of travel problems. Bill and Judy met us at the Tampa airport, right on time and we drove down to Cape Coral. Found our place and it is nice, but we do not have internet there. So here we sit, in the MacDonalds parking lot, using their free WIFI. So there will not be regular blog posts until next week when we are in St. Petersburg. Yesterday, we explored Pine Island and visited several little art galleries. They were great and then after lunch, we went downtown to the yearly art festival, where there were 300 juried artist booths. We saw such wonderful stuff, but we all managed to hold out from buying anything. Very inspiring. Today was a little slower, but we attended an Open House and the real estate agent was a Canadian, who was very excited to talk to us. This evening we went to a party at friends of Judy and Bill's and met lots of people who have transplanted to Florida.
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