Underway from Manatee Park at 9:30
Down River, we did see, cows.
Alas, no photos
Landed at 11:35. When we arrived, there had been plenty of paved, parking spaces. A sign pointed to "Additional Parking", a grass lot. Who is going to use that? I thought. The answer, lots of people.
All there to see lots of manatees. 40-50 in the warm water of the power plant discharge canal.
We went back to the hotel, a Travelodge on Highway 41, in Fort Myers. Pat had been in Fort Myers on business, and stayed over for the weekend. I came down Friday night, after work. This is not the view from the hotel, but from the pool at Shell Island Beach Club, on Sanibel. As we ate Cuban sandwiches from the East End Deli.
So, a look at the Gulf, and on to the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Traffic on Periwinkle Drive was horrendous.
On the water at 3:15
Black crowned night heron
Landed at 4:22. Pat had told me to come get him "5ish" and we'd head to Fort Myers Beach for sunset. Once again, Periwinkle was packed from Casa Ybel to the Causeway. I turned off at Donax, taking the Gulf Drives, Middle and East, back to "the quiet end of the island"
Pat was waiting at the condo entrance, and we headed to Fort Myers beach. Again, traffic was an issue. Two lanes merge into 1 at the bridge to Estero Island. Where would we park with all these people. Pat had a plan. Park in the first lot, buy a drink so we are customers, then cautiously, as no alcohol is allowed, take it out on the beach
As I was taking my last sunset pictures, Pat hurried into another beach bar, Nemo's to place our order before happy hour ended at 6. Got the food order in, so the Shrimp Mancini was 5 bucks off. Very, very good. But, to late for the $2.50 drinks, the rum and cokes were up to $2.50. The young bartender said . "Oh, $3.50 is still pretty good" Not if you drank .75 vodka tonics at the Brat House in the early '80's young missy, I thought.
I ate here before, with Pat and family, a couple summers ago.
Pat had bowl of gumbo
A mere cup, for me.
Followed by the Fishermans platter. No alcohol, you can bring your own. Had a PBR in the cooler.
A fine way to end the day.