Well this has been two weeks + that we were not expecting to happen. And they have been a surprisingly delightful time. We came over here so we could be here when Jenean and Brian, our good good friends, came out. Unfortunately Jenean could not but Brian did and yesterday we had a wonderful visit and the most perfect afternoon in perfect sun and weather of 77 degrees. Ate outside on the waterfront and watched the college kids, visited up a storm and then visited with Brian’s wonderful Uncle Gary and his wife Anne. Also got to know his cousin and her husband. These are New Yorkers who have their two homes. It’s a great life. We were so pleased to have time with them all.
We have had doctor appointments and now have perscriptions for our medications on our new Supplimental insurance plan. I also got to a podiatrist and am following her instructions and doing much better with my foot. She was sure I did not have a hairline fracture. She sent me to her favorite shoe place for the nicest running shoe that does not hurt my foot. Told us to go next to it for the best croissants south of New York City. I never eat this stuff but………….
We bike around the campground and on the streets, even on the A1A along the Atlantic Ocean. I go to pool exercise classes and enjoy listening to the ladies laughing and telling stories in French. Most of them do not or choose not to speak English. But several help me out. It has been an interesting cultural experience. Hope I can go to Quebec City in the future. Funny observation, while many of these retired people work at staying in shape, quite a few of the men have great big bellies, which they push ahead of themselves, spend the entire day and evening shirtless, lie out in the sun and are brown as berries. In fact most of the northerners that winter here lay out all the time and get dark brown tans every winter.
I got my red hair back!. Yeah. And a great cut. And it was the cheapest hairdo I got since we started traveling.
The Martinez house goes up for sale the first week in April. Already there are people interested!!!!
I am so excited that Teresa Mesler who took the boat trip with her mom and partner, Grace and us sent me her photos of the dolphins. She had a wonderful camera and it captured the frolicking of the dolphins that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Of course she was a wonderful photographer and delightful to share time with. In fact she was my angel of the day. She heard me tell the captain that I was worried that I would get sea sick as it was a very windy day. Of course he said that I would not get sea sick. Teresa walked up to me outside with two pills, smiled and said that she had heard the conversation and understood my concern. That 4 hours on the boat was wonderful because of her intervention.
In teresa’s e mail she told me that she and Grace were inspired by us to get a motorhome some day after retirement and to go on the road. I certainly encourage people that we meet to do just that. It has been one of my best experiences and Russ concurs. We are in Fort Lauderdale tonight and the stars are hidden by the surrounding lights of the area. I will never forget the nights at Chocoloskee Island. Bright stars in dark sky. Beautiful beyond words. Thank God that the Everglades have been protected.
What do you expect to see in the everglades? Any mental picture I had was inaccurate to say the least. Where we actually are- is 10,000 lakes with all the mangroves. Florida is so flat, so swampy-marshy.
We took one boat ride and enjoyed sexy porpoises. A three-some swam and had sex around our boat for about 20 minutes. The wind blew and the water was choppy. Generally the day was grey and I could not get great pictures. However, Chuck the naturalist, did a great job of explaining the flora and fauna. Given a nature walk we took the day before, we really had some information.
The other part is my nightly walks with Shadow-no towns near-by, dark sky full of crystal clear stars. No highways sounds, just some of the bugs chirping. Of course quiet nights come because most of the people who stay here fish, fish, fish. So they are up in the AM getting their boats launched etc. Yet I still sleep in to 8 or 8:30. Yeah!!!
Shadow also has a great story in all this. When we drove through the Big Cypress Loop, we could see gators and and incredible birds. Eventually Shadow had to go to the bathroom. When we stopped, I asked Russ to leash her and have her go in the middle of the road. Russ ignored that and let her out. When I heard him call her to come back I opened my door on the passenger side and was face to face with a gator out of the water. I’m calling to Russ to get Shadow in the car, but still trying to get a photo of the gator. We all survived, and a new friend where we are camped explained that the gators along this loop are used to people throwing food to them. So when someone stops they will sometimes come out of the water and check out the possibilities.! Shadow was almost the treat!
Double click the first picture and you can go through the slide show. Watch for baby eagle in next. We saw the parent fly off too.