It seemed like a very long summer season this year. It’s been pretty hot and dry. We delayed our annual vacation this year—we usually go in early July. This year we chose late August and our choice location was Sanibel Island, Florida. This was our first time to Sanibel and the only preview we had was photos and Trip Advisor reviews. (I trust the reviewers, don’t you?) We booked a resort and boarded a flight to Ft. Myers, Florida.
We knew it was going to be a long day of travel. We had a quick trip over to Houston Hobby and then a lengthy wait. After breakfast and several “comfort” trips later, we boarded again and headed south. Upon arriving in Ft. Myers, I was surprised by the size of both the airport and the city. I had expected Ft. Myers to be a larger city, but instead, it is a smaller city surrounded by several other smaller cities. At least the rental car was in the airport so there was no extra shuttle bus to deal with.
We hopped in our reserved car and headed to Sanibel Island following directions to the resort. The directions were spot-on and we soon approached the Causeway, crossing the bridge over to the island. The resort was easy to find but by the time we got the cars unpacked and the groceries put away—we were pooped. It was getting too dark to walk down to the beach anyway.
The next morning, we headed to the beach to look for shells and to test the water. Well, the water was wonderful but talk about shells! There were gazillions of shells—all kinds of shells, all shapes, colors, etc. What fun we had picking through them to find the “perfect” ones to take home. We found loads of sand dollars that washed up on the shore, but they were alive. Much as we wanted a couple to take home, we threw them back in the water.
Our resort had a screened in balcony with stairs down to the ground. I am convinced the purpose of that area was to capture the sand on feet and shoes and not track it into the suites. We had a wonderful week there and were already thinking about a return trip next summer. Then Hurricane Irma showed up!
Reports indicate that Irma did much damage and significant flooding in the Naples-Ft. Myers area including Marco Island. I’ve been filled with dread waiting to learn more about the damage to Sanibel and Captiva. Gorgeous islands, sanctuaries for waterfowl, snakes, alligators and much more! We visited the CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) while on the island. It was educational as well as enlightening.
Last year, we visited the panhandle of Florida—Sandestin, Destin, Pensacola and others. We enjoyed it a lot of decided to try a different place for a different feel of the State. We will go back. However long it takes to reconstruct, revitalize or whatever, we’ll wait it out and then return.
In the meantime, if you are in the San Antonio area and thinking about selling your home and buying a new one or moving to Florida, give me a call. I’d love to help you. Who knows, we might even get around to comparing the seashells we’ve found and the things we did on our Florida getaway.
Author:Sharon Miller Phone: 210-289-7927 Dated: September 11th 2017 Views: 44 About Sharon: Sharon is a military wife who moved at the direction of the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, a Federal...
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