Hi everyone. I have been back from my trip with Audrey for awhile and want to tell you a little about going to the West coast of Florida. Neither Audrey or I had been on Florida’s Gulf coast before, and the day we went was kind of gloomy. To get there from Plantation, we had to drive through the northern Everglades. I kept looking for alligators, but none went running across the road so I was safe.
When we got to Naples we saw some beautiful homes and hotels and stores. The downtown in Naples is almost like a park. Audrey said she didn’t want to shop there because they have the same stores on Florida’s east coast. We headed for the beach. Once there we grabbed our beach bags and towels and found a spot on the beach which had fine white sand. The sky looked kind of dark and even standing in the edge of the water you could only see about 15-20 feet out into the Gulf. I was disappointed but Audrey kicked off her shoes, grabbed my hand and we went off down the beach. The only people out there were tourists like us. We met several nice people from Wisconsin. One of the ladies took this picture of us.
As we walked down the beach Audrey was gathering sea shells. She stuffed her pockets, but since mine are flat I didn’t have to carry any. There were a couple of unusual ones. A ways down the beach we met a family with two little boys. They were from Massachusetts. The little boy was on mom’s lap and was kind of shy, but the older one, Patrick, held me and Audrey took our picture together.
It got so dark that we knew rain was coming so we left the beach and headed back to the car. We drove to Marcos Island and saw more beautiful homes. There didn’t seem to be any place to eat so Audrey’s friend said we might as well head back east.
On the way back, we took a side jaunt to Everglades City. What a nice little town, right near the gulf coast. There were some interesting buildings. One looked like a plantation house but it was City Hall.
We found a cool restaurant and imagine my surprise when we went inside and there was an alligator. No, it wasn’t a live one, thank heavens so I was brave enough to get my picture taken with it.
After lunch we found an airboat dock. I think Audrey wanted to ride on one, but her friend and I voted her down.
I was full so sat down to rest in a Red Nek Rocker. Of course we got a picture of that.
It did rain on us some as we were leaving Everglades City so it is a good thing we didn’t go on the airboat.
We got home late afternoon and I had a nap while Audrey packed for the trip back to Iowa the next day.