Fort Myers Beach and the Knape Family–2 Posts in one day!!

So when we heard that John’s parents Herb and Glenna(now 90 and 91) we coming to Florida for a week we knew we wanted to sail up there to Fort Myers Beach and see them. We motored/sailed the 120 miles northward overnight and it took about 24 hours. This is the sunrise over the coastline of Naples/FMB.
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We arrived the same day they did. Here they are on the pontoon boat that sister MaryLou and Bruce rented.
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They had no trouble getting on and off the boat from the dock. They are amazing! Don’t they look great and happy! especially to be in warm weather and not bundled up. We spent everyday enjoying being with them.
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We got Mom in the pool and Dad did a swim at their hotel many mornings to “get some exercise. My sister in law(and good friend) Cindy and I played our version of pool pickle ball for our exercise!
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Fort Myers Beach has a large mooring field in a well protected spot on the IntraCoastal Waterway just inside of Estkero Island. We don’t usually go to mooring balls preferring to anchor on our own anchor. However we knew we would be spending lots of time away from the boat so we did this for security.
This picture was taken at 8AM one morning from the mooring area as what John calls a “roll cloud” sped over us. I was expecting strong winds and a storm but that did not happen. Just a rainy and cooler day. Made an interesting picture though.
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Another shot of a pontoon ride down to see Maraki at her mooring spot.
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The week sped by and soon it was time for Mom and Dad to go to Tampa for a cruise to Central America. So we prepared to head back to Key West and onwards. However when we anchored just outside the big bridge into FMB we discovered Bird Island. The remaining pictures were taken there in the hour before dusk.
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What awesome faces these pelicans have!
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These are called Roseate Spoonbill and there were 2 of them, one pink the other red. Loved stalking them.
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White pelicans seen here -they stayed separate from the other kinds of pelicans. They are not in the same family as the other pelicans. We have seen these birds up in Michigan as they migrate from there. They are larger and look slightly different.
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But that is enough bird pictures for now. I like to end with another sunset picture over FMB.
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We will soon be leaving Key West and Florida and sailing on to the Bahamas. We hope all is well with everyone and that this brutal, wintery weather will soon come to an end. Spring will come!

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6 thoughts on “Fort Myers Beach and the Knape Family–2 Posts in one day!!

  1. Beautiful photos, Lucy. Wonderful that you were able to spend some quality family time before you head out to the Bahamas. We will be there in 3 weeks!

  2. Hi Lucy,
    I marvel how beautiful FNB looks from the water! Plus all of the wile life you saw along the way. I am so impressed about the two 90 year old coming to FL to escape this incredibly bad wither in MI. Good for them!
    Best wishes for more fun as you move along safely on your wonderful sail.
    don

  3. John: Just beginning to think about GRYC and this summer’s races…once again, you’re going to be missed! Great bird pix Lucy! Stay Well, Andy R

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