Normally, I'm back more frequently than 11 months, but the past year has been tough on my business and I cancelled my April, 2009 trip to Sanibel. Flew in today from Wyoming -- so, so very glad that Frontier again has direct flights from Denver.
It's warm & humid today, but cold front coming in -- its suposed to start raining tomorrow afternoon & continue off & on for 12 hours. Since luminaria is Friday, I certainly hope there's no rain, but WINK News said good chance of showers on Friday as well (however, that's for our region, not necessarily Sanibel).
Flight landed about 4:20 -- on time, but lots of turbulence. I was way in the back of the plane so it took forever to get off. The advantage of my window seat was I was clear of the wing and could see Captiva and Sanibel so well as we flew over. Seeing how huge Tarpon Bay is from the air and thinking about me kayaking across it to the Rookery Islands, always brings a smile.
After collecting my bag, decided to stop at Skip One for an early seafood dinner -- we are so rarely in that area, I hated to pass them by. I had the 1/2 lb. of spicy peel & eat shrimp (they were very good, but I didn't think were very spicy, but my DH thought they had a kick) and he had the fried clam strips. His clams were wonderful.
I will be on-island until Saturday morning (last year was my first luminaria), when we are heading across Florida to Ft. Lauderdate to catch a Carribean cruise for DH's 60th birthday. Will be gone for 7 days & then back to enjoy another month on Sanibel. I don't plan on buying internet access while on the ship, so will be unavailable from Dec. 5th through the 12th.
I'll be on Sanibel until the 9th of Jan, then back to Wyoming to work until April 16th when I will come back for what I think is some of the best time on the island.
It was dark when we got onto Sanibel tonight, but it seemed a little less decorated for the season than normal -- now some may be waiting until Thursday or Friday to turn everything on. I also only went halfway down Periwinkle, so that could also be my tired observation. It just seemed as if Mataluna was less decorated, as were a couple of others.
Glad to see that my DH had our outside lights all set and gonig, so I won't have to waste precious island time on it. .
Happy and tired to be here. All last week I thought of True & Sunny on the Sanibel and wondering why I missed out.