Tourist Town, Florida

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

It’s been a month since we checked in at Moss Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Suffice it to say, this was not one of our favorite spots. It’s a very cute town but they were too many tourists, rude boaters, loud “adventure” cruises running past our stern, and a disappointing lack of shells on the beach. Once we escaped, other boaters told us that Ft Myers Beach is only good for a couple days…uh, yeah, we agree.

Honestly, the holidays were tough. Without family, friends or snow, we both felt out of sorts and I was downright depressed. I understand why “snowbirds” don’t head south until after Christmas. In spite of setting up a small Christmas tree and a red bow on Joy Girl’s bow, we couldn’t catch the holiday spirit down here.

But we did have some highlights. Our guests included Mike, a long ago co-worker of Craig’s who lives here now. Gary (Craig’s brother) had a layover here so we spent a morning with him. Jude Rodrigues and his wife joined us for dinner on the boat- I knew Jude when we lived in Saudi Arabia and went to boarding school in Rome, Italy back in the 70’s! Our Colorado friends Greg & Leann spent the night on Joy Girl after Greg finished a business meeting in Tampa. Unfortunately, I missed them as I had flown back to home to see family and friends before their stay. Our friend Andrea from Colorado, who now winters in Cape Coral, also visited.

And we spent a couple evenings with our wonderful new boater friends, Rick and Rhonda, and enjoyed a great production of “Barefoot in the Park” in downtown Fort Myers with them. They lived in West Lafayette for years, where I went to Purdue back in the 80’s – AND, Rhonda went to high school with my best friend from college (and Matron of Honor) Deb in tiny Rushville, Indiana!

Gotta include at least one drone video….here’s Ft Myers Beach…

We are now on Captiva, a tiny barrier island just north of Sanibel, where it’s rumored (perhaps incorrectly) that pirates kept their female “captives” for ransom. Hopefully Captain Wrinkleface has better intentions for me…LOL. This is a time of relaxation, sun, fun and superior shelling at Tween Waters resort with friends and family coming to visit. Since I’m suffering from travel-weariness after going strong for almost 8 months this year, I hope to rejuvenate my energies during our two week stay.

In early February we plan to head across Florida through the Okeechobee Waterway, then north up the east coast to Hilton Head.

Okeechobee Waterway

By March, we hope to “cross our wake” (e.g. finish our Great Loop) in Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head Island where we started our adventure back in 2018. The plan is fluid (as always in boating!) but right now that’s the goal. Hope all is well with everyone!

8 thoughts on “Tourist Town, Florida

  1. Kyle Fabatz

    We miss you guys Craig and Niki! Love reading about your adventures and seeing where you’re at on the google map. Full Steam ahead and see you when you get back!

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    1. Hi, Kyle, thanks so much for sending a note! We miss our Colorado friends and our wonderful church! Not sure when but we’ll be back but looking forward to it ☺️ Hope all is well with you guys! … Craig & Niki


  2. R. J. Hanna

    Great pictures and story. Hope you are staying warm today- saw Ft Myers expected 25
    this AM. Brought back many memories of our times on Sanibel and Captiva- shelling on Tween Waters beach, sunset cruises through Redfish Pass. etc.

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    1. How wild that you’ve been to Tween Waters!! We are really enjoying it 🧑 Yes, it’s been chilly (I always seem to bring unseasonably cold weather) but promises to warm up soon, before our guests arrive. Hope all is well with you and Ginny! Thanks for saying hello πŸ˜ƒ


  3. Marilyn haberstroh

    Talked to Fran yesterday and she tinstructed me on how to follow you on your great adventure. She and Mike seem fine and love hearing from you.


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