January 23 to 31, 2010 - Fort Myers Beach, FL

Our last week in Fort Myers Beach was somewhat busy.

On the 26th we met Lawrence for lunch at Cracker Barrel. He was attending a rally in the area and had some free time.  We had last seen Lawrence in February in Yuma, AZ.  It was great to catch up. 

After a long lunch we drove out to the Corp of Engineers campground about 40 miles east to see Larry and Connie, who were staying there a few days.  We had last seen them in Mesa, AZ in November 2008.

Larry and Connie had just traded in for a new motorhome, a Tiffin Phaeton.  We originally met because we both had 2002 Dolphin motorhomes, but now both of us had moved on to having nice diesel pusher motorhomes.

A couple photos of their new motorhome.

It is huge inside, here are Diane and Connie in conversation.

We had dinner with them and chatted before we had to make the drive home.  It was also great catching up with Larry and Connie. 

We visited the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Park on January 29th.

Photos and video from Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Park, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

January 30th Fred and Jo came by since they were camped in North Fort Myers.  We had not seen them since July in Dickinson, ND.  The first thing we did together was to go out to lunch at El Mambos in Cape Coral where we had a quite nice Cuban meal and it was cheap.  Then we went and visited Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Photos, Part 1, Part 2

Around the campground photos, mainly of animals, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

All told, we have spent about five months in the Fort Myers area since going on the road.  It is an area we like and are very comfortable in.  We would not want to be here in summer but in winter it is great.  Now we are leaving and we are not sure if we will be back.  We wanted to stay in this campground in February, but there were no openings.  We thought of finding another place locally and decided to move on.  We have mixed feelings about leaving.  We did find a couple new places to eat and visit this winter, but in many ways we were repeating places we had been before.  The area of the campground we were in had many snowbirds who drove down as fast as they could from their Midwest homes and they were going to depart the same way in spring.  They liked their routine and we like change, so in many ways we did not feel a lot of camaraderie with them.  Fort Myers is warm and normally below the storm line in winter.  We like having lots of choices for food and stores so close.  We like being close to areas with so much wildlife. 

We will be moving to Silver Springs, Florida for the month of February.  We have friends in the area and opportunities for wildlife sightings.  It should work out and the camping cost is substantially cheaper.

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