|Sugden Park beach|
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Florida Panthers
No, not the hockey team....Florida's state animal. More about that later...We decided to explore Marco Island today...I might be able to rent a kayak and check out the manatees later this week, but then again, Fort Myer has a Manatee Park..guess the manatees like to hang out by the water treatment plant (?) because the waters are warmer. Doesn't sound like an ideal place to kayak to me, manatees or not! Eldy likes to drive around and research areas a bit before making a decision about something, if it's not too far to go, so we'll probably check out the kayaking first by car. That's a good thing, sometimes it helps avoid disappointments in meals, accomodations or attractions. We checked out Marco Island today and decided it was a beautiful place to visit, but we probably will visit the beaches closer to us instead. Last night we went to an area just before downtown Naples, called Tin City. It looked very cool from the outside, it was all lit up on the water..this is a mini mall of about three separate buildings filled with shops and a couple of restaurants-Pinchers Crab Shack, a chain, for one...the shops are very touristy---shirt shops, shell shops, unique gift shops, candle shops and a lot more...it's an old mini mall and it just didn't appeal to us. Guess we have had our fill of tourist attractions when it comes to gimmicky gifts...but I bet you could find something very unusual and interesting if you looked harder than we did.
Today I checked out Sugden Park just a few blocks down the street from our RV park..it's beautiful..it has its own beach, a REAL outdoor butterfly garden, and the usual picnic and grilling areas. Just a nice, quiet little park with a beautiful beach. I rode down further down the sidewalk bike trail and got a good ride in this morning, about 8 miles. Eldy went exploring on his own on the bike and walked a bit, so he is starting to get back in shape for riding and hiking. Later today we visited an outlet mall and I found THE SWIMSUIT...it's perfect for kayaking, it looks more like a sports tank top and short shorts...something you can walk the beach in or kayak in....and if I fall in the water, no problem! And NO, you can't see a photo of me in it....you gals know how that goes! I look like a manatee when I wear a swimsuit, so there ain't gonna be any photos of me in my suit!