Can't believe it's over already ! This was a special vacation for us. It was the first "family" vaca in quite a few years. Both kids are now out of college -one graduated the day before we flew down and I'm not sure when we'll be able to get the time off together again.
It was my wifes and my 3rd trip to the island ( my 4th actually )and the kids 1st. It was impossible to explain to the kids what Sanibel is all about - they had to see it to believe it. We've been to Aruba, Hawaii, Belize, The Jersey Shore , the Outer Banks and lots more places but Sanibel is special to me and I hope special to "my girls" now
Flight down from Albany to Orlando and then over to Ft Myers was fine and Enterprise Car Rental was a breeze. Met my brother and his wife ( they live in Bonita ) for lunch and then off to the store to stock up. Just as we were loading the groceries in the car the heavens opened and by the time we got to the causeway it was a monsoon. You could not see a thing all the way over the causeway but I did'nt care. It was Vacation !!
We stayed at the SandDollar Condos off Middle Gulf Drive. It's a smaller complex - 3 buildings with 12 units each. Being the "off season" the place was very quiet. I counted no more that 10 cars in our parking area ( for 2 of the buildings )on any given night. We had a top floor, 3 bedroom unit that overlooked the beach and gulf. I was very impressed with out unit. It had a huge lanai ( sp?) off both the living room and master bed room. The sliding doors opened compleatly so it was if we were out doors all the time. As soon as we arrived we opened the doors and windows and turned off the a/c unit never to turn it on again. The pool was nice, the grounds were beautiful and the beach was wide and clean. When we first booked ( thru VIP Rentals ) we were told there are no beach chairs, beach towels or umbrella supplied. I was kind of baffeled by this since it's kinda hard to carry this stuff on a plane.... but was assured they could arrange for "rentals" once we got there. Well as it turned out, there were 3 chairs in a bedroom closet we used and the rest we borrowed from my brother.
We will stay at the Sanddollar complex again.
For breakfast we were looking forward to the Blue Giraffe in Periwinkle Place but it opened to late for us so we ended up the The Island Cow, Over Easy and Lighthouse restaurants. One lunch at Key Lime on Captiva and Dinner at Sanibel Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger ( had to go for the chocolate shakes !), Mad Hatter, Matzaluna, Timbers and I'm forgetting one here.... Anyways, all restuarant were good- not busy, not rushed. Good service and good food. I must say the my favorite this trip was the Mad Hatter. I had the scallops and they were out of this world. Also - the Clams Casino at Timbers were unbelievably good.
We did one shelling excursion to Cayo Costa with Captiva Cruises - even saw a manatee. One morning we spent in Ding Darling and a morning at the Lighthouse and fishing pier. One day at Bowman's Beach but that got rained out.
Now- the famous Waboba Ball tale. Tuesday morning we met up with Winifred and her husband and Rudi at the CROW Center and did the trade off. It was nice to meet a fellow TA user. We kept the ball for the week ( and played with it of course ) then brought it back to the CROW Center on Tuesday am. One of the best parts of this was the visit to the CROW Center. We spent an hour there and it really is a fasinating place. AND when we returned the ball - the stff recognized us and went out of their way to accommodate us. ( Even if you're not involved with the wabaoa, please go and visit this place. )
OK- I've gone on long enuf here- a cpl end thoughts- the weather was not perfect but then again- when is it ever. We were able to swim in the gulf every day, walk every day and shell every day. My favorite pastime is to sleep and to read on the beach. I did that everyday too !! To me spending time with "my girls " is what life is all about !!!!
And that's what I did on my summer vacation.