Back to Palm Harbor via Venice

Got ourselves together in reasonable time, then headed off back over the causeway (they bill you now some time after rather than collect your toll on the way).

Stopped off for coffee along the way, then the long way up to Venice (passing through towns rather than the freeway), arriving at Linda’s for a late breakfast, which was nice.

More on Sanibel

As is so often the way, we had a gentle start in the morning. Mainly doing exciting stuff like a bit more Christmas card writing. Next, we went off the Bailey’s store again, this time to buy stamps. Cards posted ! Amazing how therapeutic that feels to get Christmas cards on their way !

Next, a gentle ride up to Captiva, looking at houses, Christmas decorations etc. which was fun. Next stop, we pulled into The Mucky Duck for a bite to eat – again, sitting outside was important to us. It seems even out of season, and during a pandemic, you sort of have to pick a good time to go to places like The Mucky Duck. We did, and got our outside table which was great.

Off to Sanibel Again

As our return to England started to draw closer, we decided to take another trip down to Sanibel Island. We had thought about the Florida Keys, but at around 6 hours driving to The Keys, we decided Sanibel might be a better option, at just under 3 hours instead.

So, we made a nice early (for us) start at about 700am, and headed down there. We elected to stay at Sanibel Moorings again, and got down there being able to go straight into our room as expected. Checked in, then headed out for an early lunch – went to Gramma Dot’s where we had not been before. Nice place, right down by the water (sort of one of the internal canals they have on Sanibel).

I think Betsy had a scallop dish, but I know I had the Swordfish in Parmesan. Very good food, quickly prepared, and it’s nice to sit outside a) because that’s still a novelty for me in the month of December, and b) we favour sitting outside if we can during these COVID times. Weather really helped too !

Next, we headed off further up the island for a visit to Bailey’s General Store- a good old fashioned ‘supermarket-come-hardware store-come post office’ type of place. Got some general ‘provisions’ and eased our way back to Sanibel Moorings. Did some writing of Christmas cards etc., then took a nice stroll down to the beach to watch the sun slowly going down.