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Hurricane Irma On Pine Island

Good Luck Shines On Pine Island

For two days straight weather reports showed the track of Hurricane Irma heading directly for the Sanibel/Pine Island area. Ultimately, she made landfall south of us and then jogged eastward swerving around our little island. The jog over land also decreased storm surge significantly. We got lucky and had minimal storm damage. This photo is of a downed palm tree – the interior wood is actually soft and squishy, like a sponge.

  • Sep 20
Pine Island Fl Hardware Store

St. James City Hardware Store

Independent hardware stores are rare these days. Today, we met Mike of Pine Island Hardware & Marine Supplies who helped us find just what we were looking for – stainless steel bolts for our boat restoration project. Pine Island has two hardware stores, one at the center and one down in St. James City. We hope you’ll help support them both!

  • Aug 17
Matlacha FL Post Office

Funky Matlacha Post Office

The wall of the Matlacha Post Office has a colorful fish mural that stretches perhaps 30 feet (look in the upper right for the PO sign). We’ll try to learn who the artist is.

  • Aug 17

Dolphins in the Canal

There have been a lot of dolphins in our canal lately. We love seeing them! This morning three dolphins swim down the canal and around the pilings – probably looking for food. We ran out and took a quick video. Enjoy!

  • Aug 7
Pine Island Fl Lime Tree

Little Lime Tree

Finally, the limes from our little Persian lime tree have grown large enough to pick! So last night I cut a lime wedge and squeezed it into a Vodka on the rocks. Unfortunately, it was a bit tart – perhaps it wasn’t ripe or maybe not the same kind as store bought? Anyone out there know about limes?

  • Jul 28
July 4th On Pine Island, Fl

July 4th on Pine Island

This morning they closed the main road for half an hour for the annual 4th of July parade. We took the kids and dog up to watch the floats go by and collect candy. We got plenty of gum, lollipops, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, and more good things. This is a photo of the horses. It’s always such a great hometown event.

  • Jul 4
Royal Poinciana In Florida

Spanish Moss on Flamboyants

This is a photo my daughter took from the playground in St. James City. These are Flamboyant trees in bright red bloom covered in hanging Spanish Moss. Another name for Flamboyant trees is Royal Poinciana. They are mostly evergreen and make fantastic shade trees. They are found in South Florida, throughout the Caribbean and all over the world in tropical climates.

  • Jul 1
Matlacha Fl New Home Sunrise

Matlacha Bridge Sunrise

Here’s a sunrise photo taken from one of the bridges in Matlacha Florida. There is a big, new home being built out on the point of land you see to the right, so this image may look different next time. Enjoy it while you can!

  • Jun 30
Swimming At Boca Grande FL

Swimming at Boca Grande

This week we took a trip north to swim at the beaches of Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. It’s an enjoyable car ride of about 1.5 hours from Pine Island. The Boca Grande bridge is new and the views in all directions are of amazing tropical blue waters. Once on the island, we parked right at the very southern tip of the island at the scenic lighthouse & museum. There is self-serve public parking for $3/day and beautiful changing rooms that overlook the ocean. We saw up close and swam with about six or seven manatees as they travelled up and down the crystal clear shallow waters. Off in the near distance, in this photo you can see some fishing boats and waves, which are likely Tarpon “flipping”- Boca Grande is the tarpon fishing capital of the world.

  • Jun 29
Disney World From Pine Island

Quick Trip to Disney

One benefit to living in Florida is the ability to take a quick trip to Disney World, by car, with a big admission discount for residents. We hopped in the car and were in Orlando in only three hours! The trip across the state was arrow-straight and enjoyable. Disney, Magic Kingdom and Epcot was as I remembered… fun, crowded, amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, thrilling, frustrating and magical. Gotta love FastPass! Photo is from the incredible fireworks and projection display around 9 pm.

  • Jun 11
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