Friday, March 20, 2015

Fun with Friends, Old and New

As the weather heated up, we knew it was only a matter of time before we’d head for the northern border of Florida and (hopefully) cooler temps. Before we left, however, we spent a little time with friends catching up.

We drove out to Pine Island one day to meet up with Neil and Nancy. They met us at a small municipal park in Matlacha (pronounced Mat-la-shay) where we wandered the little artsy town and checked out some of their shops. I refrained from buying anymore “stuff” but Nancy had to add to her BUGZ collection.

bugz

The link will give you information about these adorable butterflies and dragonflies and how the sales benefit the Zulu tribe in South Africa. A good story and a great cause.

From there, we drove into Pine Island, unloaded our bikes and road over to the Ragged Ass Saloon for lunch.

Nancy and Neil

The food was great and the company even better!

Ragged Ass Saloon

Pine Island is off the western coast of Florida and an area I’d love to spend more time exploring one day.

Later that week, we met up with Elaine and Rick, our friends from New Brunswick.

Elaine and Rick

We met at the Log Cabin in LaBelle for linner.  We hope to see Elaine and Rick again this summer when our travels will take us into the Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).

As we started our journey further north in Florida, we stopped in Avon Park to visit Jim and Dee. They winter in a beautiful park, Adelaide Shores, where we stayed for a couple nights. We had a great time and made more new friends in the process. In fact, we were having so much fun that I forgot to get a picture of anything those 2 days! This picture is of Happy Hour at Jim and Dee’s and I had to steal it from Dee’s Facebook page to prove we were there! :)

Happy Hour at Jim and Dee's

From left to right: Dee, Lessie, Jessica, Harry, Vi, Kevin, Rick, Gail and Ed. Thanks to Jim for taking the picture!

We made one more stop in Florida, Lake City, where we met up with Gary and Peggy. They were full-timers for several years before hanging up the keys and buying a house and 5 acres out in the country. They plan to raise some chickens and grow lots of fresh vegetables!

We had a wonderful dinner with them.

Turkey dinner!

A toast to their new home!

Toast to good friends

There is a wonderful crystal clear river close to their new home, so we took the opportunity to do a little paddling. It was my first time in our new canoe and I really liked it.

The Ishetucknee River launch area

Ichetucknee River Launch Area

The water was so clear we could see the fish swimming around us.

Crystal Clear

We had hoped to see a little wildlife and we did. We heard there was a manatee sighting but we weren’t lucky enough to see one. We saw a few birds and dozens of turtles. Everywhere we looked there were turtles sunning on the logs.

They hung out in twos

Duplex

In threes

Triplex

In large groups

Apartment Building

And in larger groups!

Turtle Condo

It was a beautiful and perfect day to hang out on the river. Before we knew it, we were at the take-out. Time went by much too quickly!

We put the canoe on our cart and added Gary and Peggy’s Sea Eagle on top of that! It worked perfectly and no one had to carry a heavy load the 1/4 mile back to the parking lot :)

The guys have it under control

That was our first time using the cart and everyone agreed it was money very well spent! Especially me :) I’m not very good carrying heavy things further than a couple feet  :)

We now bid adieu to the state of Florida this year. We have moved across the state line into Georgia (just barely) and are sitting on Lake Seminole, northwest of Tallahassee.

Lake Seminole

This is our backyard. It’s beautiful but not any cooler :) Guess we’ll have to keep moving!

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

12 comments:

  1. I hope they don't serve mule at that saloon!

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  2. Well, you beat us across the border... we head north tomorrow;o)) Looks like you had lots of fun along the way!!!

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  3. What memories you have made. Doesn't get any better than to meet up with friends along the way. Love your view on Lake Seminole!

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  4. First a wild lunch place, then a big party followed by a big bunch of turtles-perfect:)

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  5. Looks like you've been having fun socializing. So what kind of cart do you have for the canoe, I sure don't like carrying ours either.

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  6. You have been on a social visit bonanza. What fun! We just missed you at the river. Wish we'd known you'd be near here. We kayaked it yesterday and I think those same turtles were on those same logs. You've beat us across the border too and I'm just amazed at how hot it is here and how cold still up north. Snow in Maryland on Spring Equinox. We had hoped to do the Maritimes this summer too. We had it all planned. If you don't have reservations, maybe you can get some of the ones I have to cancel.

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  7. Wow, you two have been busy! It's always nice to visit with friends, old and new. We stopped at Lake Seminole a couple years ago for a few days, and really enjoyed our time there. We'll definitely try to get back there again someday.

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  8. Sad :-( to have missed you this winter. I'm sure you will have a great time in Canada this summer. Other friends of ours are traveling that way this summer as well, John and Carol Herr. Maybe you'll see them along the way! Safe travels, can't wait to get out of this heat myself.

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  9. Yes, we love our new shades. Travel safe.

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  10. Thank you so much for dropping by on the way north.

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  11. You have been as busy as we have! Too cool that you are going to Canada this summer. I bet it will be fun to stay with Elaine & Rick too!

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