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North Fort Myers Beach:  can you find a place to lie in the sun?

North Fort Myers Beach: can you find a place to lie in the sun?

Think of all the ways to have fun on vacation in southern Florida in March.  Here’s a handful to choose from:  para-sailing, boating, kayaking, sunning, jet skiing, walking, shopping, eating out, snorkeling, scuba diving, shelling…oh there’s probably a hundred more possibilities.

Look at all those folks sunning on North Fort Myers Beach!  I can’t quite imagine stepping over sunscreen-slathered sun and beach worshipers (“excuse me, excuse me”) looking for a place to lay the beach towels or perhaps prop the umbrella.  Way too many people for me! 

It is fun to eat lunch outside at Plaka’s Restaurant on Times Square, though.  Hundreds of people pass you by as you spear your Greek salad and sip a tall glass of ice tea.  A trio of Mexican or South American musicians serenade the passerbys.  On the weekends, street magicians mesmerize the crowds.  Once, while I was ordering a Blizzard in the nearby Dairy Queen, my husband lost $5 to a crafty magician.  But that’s his story to tell you.

Little girl driving a ...what would you call this thing?

Little girl driving a ...what would you call this thing?

The fellow driving that motorized vehicle (above) sweet-talked that pretty little girl into a ride.  The little girl sat with her mama and daddy and grandma and grandpa at the table next to ours.  Her eyes lit up like saucers when he placed her hands on the handlebars.  Although he wasn’t more than a step away, ready to grab her in two seconds flat.

Rainbow over the Back Bay last night, just before dinner at the Bayfront Bistro

Rainbow over the Back Bay last night, just before dinner at the Bayfront Bistro

I must say, eating out is one of my favorite vacation activities.  Last night we dined late (LATE, let me tell you, almost 8:30 p.m.!) with a passel of family members.  Mom, Dad, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, nephew’s friend.  What fun! 

Besides eating out, I am not a person for crowds or shopping.  I like to explore in nature, keeping an eye alert for a leaping dolphin or surfacing manatee.  You guys don’t know how diligently I am looking for them…just for you.  This morning, strolling along the boardwalk, I glimpsed a ten-inch circle of a manatee’s head rising above the water.  It was gone faster than you could breathe, “Manatee!”

Besides walking along the beach or Bird Sanctuary, I love to take off solo and explore the wild native underbrush.  I am fascinated with geckos or skinks, those fast little creatures darting to and fro.  The mangrove tree roots are incredible.  I have SO many pictures I could share.  Look at that camouflaged skink-fellow below. 

If you can find the skink...you win!

If you can find the skink...you win!

This evening Mom and Dad left for a party and I hiked out to the Gulf.  Instead of mingling with the beach-walkers, I veered inland back towards the lagoons and peered into nature’s nooks and crannies.  It’s Spring Equinox today, you know. (Which means it’s been three full months since starting this outdoor blog…one quarter of the year.)

Oh the interesting things one can discover in nature.  Look at these:

Mysterious prickly-pods hatching egg-like seeds

Mysterious prickly-pods hatching egg-like seeds

In honor of the Equinox I sat cross-legged for a long time hidden from the beach-walkers on a sandy circle.  Peeking through the vegetation one could see the Gulf waves rushing in to the shore, and receding out.  I thanked the Universe for this life, these gifts of nature, this earth.  And for you, dear reader, who mean so much to me.  The gift of your reading, your presence, brightens my days so much.  Thank you.  This is so much fun.

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