As much as Fort Myers Beach was a crazy, loud, party town, beautiful Captiva Island, just north of Sanibel, was the exact opposite experience. What a relief to bask in its private serenity and wander along the lovely, quiet, shell-filled beaches. The historic ‘Tween Waters Island Resort was built in 1931 and has a relaxed, old Florida feel with adorable cottages, pools, hot tubs and multiple restaurants. Anne Morrow Lindbergh vacationed here and was inspired to write her classic book Gift From The Sea. I loved it and want to return some day! Craig had a few initial concerns about the relatively unprotected marina but we secured her along the dock and had no trouble.
Plus we had wonderful guests! My Uncle Joe and Aunt Lynn drove down from Ohio to catch some Florida sun and stayed with us for several days. My uncle worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years, so we visited the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Thomas Edison built his snowbird getaway home in 1885, complete with a laboratory for his experiments. In 1916, Henry Ford, a great admirer and friend of Edison, bought the property next door. What struck me most was how modest the homes were – simple, open designs to bring in the breeze with big porches to relax on. We were amazed that Edison was granted 1,093 patents for inventions created by him and his team.
Then our friends Jim and Sherryl flew down from Minnesota. Unfortunately, Craig had a bad cold, so we didn’t do much boating (but they did travel part of the Loop with us when we returned to Fort Myers). Sherryl and I combed the Captiva beach for shells every morning and collected a great variety of beauties. (You never have enough!) I haven’t mentioned it before but last year I made jewelry from my North Carolina shells and I hope to create some new designs with this year’s collection.
We hosted a mini college reunion on Joy Girl. Craig, Jim and Olaf all attended Gustavus Adolphus College together in Minnesota. Olaf now lives in Naples, FL with Jamie, who is also a “Gustie”, and they joined us on Joy Girl.
Because of health issues we are still in Ft Myers. Scully and I are struggling with tummy problems which both require endoscopies. Mine was clear (whew!), but pending biopsy results. Due to a lack of vets able to perform one on the area, Scully’s may wait till Hilton Head. It’s a special challenge to feel sick so far from our regular doctors and vets.
We are anxious to get “home” to Shelter Cove Marina in HH after 9 months of travel. But there are some great stops before then – Cape Canaveral, New Smyrna Beach, St Augustine, Fernandina Beach, St Simons Island. We have a combination of “dock itch” and desire to finally “cross our wake”!