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.
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.
The food was great and the company even better!
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.
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! :)
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.
A toast to their new home!
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
The water was so clear we could see the fish swimming around us.
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
In large groups
And in larger groups!
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 :)
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.
This is our backyard. It’s beautiful but not any cooler :) Guess we’ll have to keep moving!
Thanks for stopping by.