Visiting with friends in Fort Myers

When we left the Keys, it was a bittersweet time.  We loved our time there, but were also looking forward to seeing our friends, Jo and Ben.  As a bonus, we also got to spend time with Gene and Eileen.  Tracy and Lee came to visit from Largo also!

leaving Sunshine Key
leaving Sunshine Key

Our first day at UpRiver RV Resort in North Fort Myers, since we have the biggest outside TV, so it was decided that playoff games would be watched at our place – no problem – we always love company!

the guys, Bill, Ben and Gene, all comfy watching the game!
the guys, Bill, Ben and Gene, all comfy watching the game!

Our second night in town, we all went out to HogBodys for ribs – Tracy came down all by herself – Lee had to go to school!  Sorry Lee!

Bill is now the official selfie pic taker!
Bill is now the official selfie pic taker!
love this pic of Ben - he almost looks a little evil, don't you think?
love this pic of Ben – he almost looks a little evil, don’t you think?

Speaking of company, my sister and her friend, Jr came to see us before heading north – into the cold.  Shannon has been down staying with my parents for about a month and was ready to return home.  Thankfully Jr was able to give her a ride, she really didn’t want to fly.  While they were in the area, we visited Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  We walked on the beach, ate Mexican food, and gathered some shells.  It was a very nice day indeed!

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my sister searching for shells
my sister searching for shells
yummy lunch stop!
yummy lunch stop!
since I didn't want to keep them, but thought they were pretty - just arranged them on my hand and took a pic!
since I didn’t want to keep them, but thought they were pretty – just arranged them on my hand and took a pic!
sunset from Captiva Island
sunset from Captiva Island

Bill and Ben went out fishing a few times, this is the only pic Bill shared, Ben caught a puffer fish!

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Speaking of Ben – he celebrated a birthday while we were in town!  So, Jo arranged for us to go out on a sunset sail – what a great time!

Gene and Ben being goofy
Gene and Ben being goofy
Jo
Jo
Ben blowing into the conch shell for the sunset
Ben blowing into the conch shell for the sunset
can my man take good selfies or what?
can my man take good selfies or what?

Back at the rig later that evening – time for CAKE!

Chocolate ganache cake - OMG delish!
Chocolate ganache cake – OMG delish!

Bill tackled a small project – our bathroom faucet replacement!  First of all, it started leaking.  Bill determined that he probably could fix it, but we HATED it, so off to Lowes for a new one!  I like the new one so much better!

tight spaces in the rig
tight spaces in the rig
Bill was so excited!  He got to use a POWER tool!
Bill was so excited! He got to use a POWER tool!
isn't it nice?  it even swivels!
isn’t it nice? it even swivels!

The campground backed up to nature trail area, so we walked it a few times during our stay.

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It was a busy month for birthdays – this time it was Gene’s turn!  We all piled into Ben’s truck (again!) and headed for Matlacha, a small funky little town with little shops and restaurants.  Bill got bit by a gator!

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dinner at Berts!
dinner at Berts!

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Another day, Ben, Jo, Bill and I took a tour of a small Fort Myers rum factory, called Wicked Dolphin.  Jo was a bit concerned, thinking Bill would be bored, having worked in bottling for so many years.  I told her no worries – he would LOVE it, which of course he did.  We all enjoyed it.  Just wish I would have enjoyed the rum more, but we did buy t-shirts!

Bill was impressed with their equipment
Bill was impressed with their equipment
teeny tiny barrel warehouse
teeny tiny barrel warehouse
tasting room
tasting room

One of our last nights in Fort Myers, the 4 of us (Eileen and Gene had already moved on) went to a place for dinner, called Ford’s Garage.  Yes, Ford as in Ford Motor Company.  Very cool place, and very yummy!

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even the bathroom kept up with the theme
even the bathroom kept up with the theme

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That about sums up our time in Fort Myers.  Our next stop is Arcadia and the boondock rally!  Catch ya later!