January 1 to 15, 2008 - Fort Myers Beach, Florida

We have settled into our place in Fort Myers Beach quite well.  We did hear the fireworks going off at midnight on New Year's Eve. 

We haven't been doing that much and mostly we are eating our meals in. 

January 3rd we had record cold here, 32 degrees. 

On January 6th we decided to get out and see something so we went to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, about an hour and a half away on US41 towards Miami.  On the way we stopped and had a very nice Chinese lunch at Bamboo Wok on CR951, it was 4 star and if it was not a 45 minute drive we would eat there often.

Our time in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

That evening the sunset from our campground was quite dramatic:

One day we caught this gray catbird by the larger pond:

We went to Sanibel Island on January 11, 2008

January 13th Bill saw a bald eagle flying and it landed on a Norfolk Island Pine at the other side of the campground.  This crop from a telephoto shot shows it on top of the tree with some other birds in the sky:

The tree was visible from the window in front of Bill's computer so he saw the bald eagle take off and head our way.  Bill grabbed the Canon camera with image stabilization and headed outside to catch the bald eagle and captured these two photos:

Our first four weeks in Fort Myers Beach are over.  It looks like we will continue to enjoy the six weeks we have left.

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