Last year, Michelle, Tim and the boys had a great visit with us in FM. This year, Kyle and Ashley dropped in for a whirlwind visit. We had an active time together! They arrived after visiting Texas, New Orleans and Orlando by car. We tried to show them the FL lifestyle as they wanted to do everything and never seemed to tire.
Day 1 was a visit to Fort Myers Beach. That day, Fort Myers was the warmest place in the continental U.S. at 31 deg. It was also calm and surprisingly uncrowded given that March break was about to begin. We spent a marathon 6 hours on the beach until sunset. Ashley and Kyle did the parasailing thing as we watched warily from shore. Piece of cake remarked Ashley. No problem added Kyle.
We ended the day with dinner at our favorite restaurant – Doc Ford’s. Of course we had to have the signature dish – Yucatan Shrimp. Food and service was great as usual and there was no traffic getting home. We stopped at Love Boat Ice Cream for dessert and enjoyed some spontaneous singing of Sweet Caroline. Great start.
Day 2 was an outing to beautiful Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Friends John and Anita invited us to drop by their beach front condo for some walking and shelling.
Then it was on to Captiva Island for a dolphin cruise. We boarded the Lady Chadwick not knowing what to expect. We saw our first dolphin in the mouth of the harbour and then dozens more as we toured around Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve. We were so close to the leaping dolphins, we were getting splashed. Dolphins love to frolic in the wake of the boat and apparently eat upwards of 30 pounds of mullet a day. Males travel in 1s or 2s. Females travel in pods and form a circle to protect a birthing mother.
For dinner we headed to the Mucky Duck restaurant for our 3rd annual get together on Captiva beach. John and Anita joined us and we arrived just in time for another glorious sunset. Too much fun – we are getting younger down here with Kyle and Ashley’s influence.
On day 3, Kyle and I started the day with a little swimming in the 25m pool across the street. We followed that up with a game of golf at Myerlee with two nice young men from Nashville and Baltimore. Ashley and Marie spent the day shopping at Bealls, TJMax, Rosses and Peltz shoe after getting pedicures. That evening we went to our local go to sports bar Bucketts for their Thursday evening backyard BBQ – ribs and chicken, yum.
Day 4 was upon us already. We enjoyed a Blue Jays – Twins game at Hammond Stadium. It was a 2-1 Twins win after the Jays stranded 2 in the 9th. John and Anita were there too. It was very hot in the sun but hey, it was all time record heat all month here.
We went on to Castle Golf miniputt beside Lakes Park for a friendly round. The men against the ladies. Scores: Ashley 57, Marie 57, Kyle 57, Dave 58 – ladies win! It was real fun and we worked up an appetite for Sweet Tomatoes salad buffet restaurant.
The next day Ashley and Kyle sadly had to head home for Winnipeg leaving us after a fabulous visit. Thank you Kyle and Ashley for spending your precious vacation time with us. Come back next year!
We love being with our family and let’s hope we can get together again soon. Luv, Mom and Dad.