Out and about

So, my sister Linda came to visit, and we got to chat and talk, something to eat at home – and of course due to COVID she hadn’t seen anyone for a while. We had food delivered which was good. We didn’t do too much once we were allowed out again, but it gave us chance to do some routine stuff, like take Betsy to her different doctors appointments, shopping for wrapping paper etc etc.

Soon after, we packed up the car and headed down to Sanibel. It’s about a 3 hour ride for us, so not too taxing to be honest. We stayed at a place called Sanibel Moorings where we had never been before. We liked it. Got a nice condo right on the beach side which was nice. Short walk to the beach, but also a short walk to the car !

We went straight out after checking in (kerbside which is nice), headed down to Jerry’s supermarket, where all the parrots are outside in big cages. Got our provisions, then headed back to eat and watch the sunsets.

Next morning, coffee on our little balcony/terrace, and a gentle start. Headed out to drive around. Went up to Captiva with the intention of going to The Mucky Duck, but it seems a few hundred of our closest friends had the same idea, so with COVID and all that, we ditched that idea, and went to The Green Flash just down the road which was nice. We sat outside – our preference even without COVID.

I don’t recall what I had, but I do know one of the dishes Betsy had:

Nice place, close to the water’s edge. We watched boats and kayak tours gradually work their way past us as we sat and ate lunch (smiling at the table opposite where ‘he’ – Mr Gold Chain 60yrs odd – had bagged himself a 30 yr old young woman and was behaving like he wished there weren’t other people around. I’m sure I mentioned “they need to go and get a room” to Betsy on more than one occasion.

You have to love Sanibel though. Everywhere you go, it’s calm, relaxed, no racing traffic, everyone has time, and the wildlife seemingly everywhere.

Drove around by the Sanibel Lighthouse, which is certainly worth going to look at, but baulked at the parking of $5 per hour (really ??). Little bit of time on the beach again, and enjoyed the sun going down, mostly from out little terrace in the room.

Our room/condo (whatever I should call it) was probably fairly typical of the accommodations on Sanibel, but it was clean and neat, and well taken care of which was the main thing.

Next day, we drove around a bit more, and did some shopping for Christmas things, but generally taking a look around at what’s available. Sanibel has just lots of little independent shops, and you’d be hard pressed to visit all of them. We made a few purchases, plus we visited the boat dock where we had left to go fishing with Mark and Edward several years before which was fun. Then lunch at Doc Ford’s where we knew we would be able to sit outside.

Next thing, it was time to head back, after an enjoyable break down there. I’m glad we went down. It’s close enough to do short breaks there.

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