Ken cooked breakfast while I got ready. We ate and I cleaned-up while Ken loaded our bikes and packed the car for today's adventure. Chuck brought their bikes down to be loaded. The 4 of us left the CG at 9:45 and drove about 40 minutes to Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande to meet Ernie and Noela. It was a cool morning with temperatures in the low 50's when we arrived and quite windy.
The men unloaded the bikes and then the 6 of us took a walk along the beach where the search for shark's teeth and special shells began. The best place to find shark's teeth was right along the water's edge, but the surf was choppy and came far onto shore. You had to run from the water so you wouldn't get your shoes wet. (It was too cool to be barefooted or in sandals!) Unfortunately, this gal challenged the waves and the waves won. My shoes and socks got soaked. After about 45 minutes on the beach, we returned to our bikes and I needed to change to sandals. My socks and shoes were "squishy".
|What a beautiful area!|
|The hunt has begun!|
|Better back up, Chuck, the water is getting|
too close to your shoes!!!
|This private home covers an entire block. It|
actually looks like a fortress!
|Another large home right at the edge of the beach!|
|Melissa was the only one to find a piece|
of seaglass on our 1st beach stop!
It was a bit cold on the "piggies" when riding bike. We rode to Boca Grande at the end of the island, parked our bikes, and more shark's tooth and shell hunting began again. I actually found 2 of my favorite shells, tulips, and about 15 or more beautiful olive shells. I had a "ball"! Of course now my sandals and feet were soaked. What's a girl to do????
|Such a nice bike path on the island!|
|Don't know the history of this lighthouse, but|
it is a very old one!
|This is the beach at Boca Grande, the very end of the island!|
You can look across to Bokeelia at the end of Pine Island!
|This is a very pretty area!|
|We are such "treasure seekers" on the beach!|
|Love how the water glistens. Would have been a windy day with|
a rough surf for sailing!
|No wonder I got my feet and shoes wet. I can't stay away|
from the water!
|These pelicans liked posing for Ken!|
|A more modern day lighthouse!|
|Yes, it was chilly!|
|Our view from the picnic table. Not bad, huh?????|
We got in our vehicles after finishing lunch and headed to the downtown area for some ice cream (as if we weren't cold enough!). We said our good-byes to Ernie and Noela (we will see them again tomorrow) and got back to the CG at 4:00. We unloaded the car and the bikes and then Ken took a nap while I downloaded photos and worked on the blog.
|This is the ice cream shop!|
|In this little enclosed area, we were protected from the|
wind, but it was still cool. Of course, the ice cream
probably didn't help!
Chuck and Melissa were here from 7 to 9:45 and the women won Spades, but the men won 5 Crowns and Skip-Bo easily.
I finished this blog and then it was off to bed. What a great day! Ken and I are so blessed to have such special friends!