After leaving Betsy in St. Augustine we drove across Florida to the west coast and stopped at a little town called Dunedin, pronounced Duh-nee-din. We found a small mom and pop motel to spend the night. The great thing about the room was the fact that it had a large jacuzzi that Sue and I made full use of. Asking a few folks where a good place to eat was, we found our way to the Cafe Fresca which was truly a great eating experience. If you are ever in Dunedin, make sure you eat at the Cafe Fresca!
The next morning we loaded up our gear and made our way to Honeymoon Island, a small barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Way back in the 30’s a man built small grass huts and advertised it as a honeymoon paradise; no running water, no doors, no bathrooms, just a grass hut, you and the ocean…sounds like real fun to me…
Then we boarded a 30 foot boat and went to another island called Caladesi Island in which you are only allowed four hours of time with no cars or bikes. We walked the beach for more than two hours looking for shells and then relaxed on the beach before boarding our launch back to our car. After finding a place to eat dinner we went back to our room for another long soak in the jacuzzi. The next morning we continued our journey south with our destination being Fort Myers where our good friends, Joyce and Cecil Tennant have a winter home. On our way we visited several lovely beaches where we spent some time in the sun.
For some reason I did not get a good picture of Joyce but maybe tomorrow. Cecil took us out to the Gulf and then he took us to a large lake where all the manatees were hanging out.
The temperature made it to 80 degrees today for the first time since we have been traveling…yip-pee! Tomorrow we are going to hang out with Joyce and Cecil and maybe hit the road on Saturday or Sunday. I will check in a few days. The forecast is for 80 degrees for the entire week!