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Goodbye Matt LaShay


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Our last days in Matt Lashay (Matlacha for those trying to Google it), were full of more sunsets, another Mojito Monday, hanging out, jet skiing, and fishing. We did do some exploring, too.

Sanibel & Captiva

Took a drive to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Beautiful drive but not really our kind of places. $6 toll to get there. No public beach access without paying $2 an hour at one of two state parks. Lots of really big houses and really rich people.
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The kind of place you just don't feel welcome as a visitor. They did have a cool lighthouse.
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So we stopped for lunch and headed out. I will say we had AMAZING fat bellied fried oysters and a delicious watermelon drink at The Island Cow! It was a nice place to relax. Although I really couldn't get a smile out of Scott.
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We had read about the Causeway Islands as good dog-friendly beaches so we stopped on the way back. Not as nice a beach but you pull right up to the water and hang our with all the locals out for a Sunday Funday.
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We popped a few beers from the cooler and sat back and relaxed.

Fort Myers Beach

We also took a beach day at Fort Myers Beach. That was our kinda place. Great beach, warm water, chairs and umbrelllas,
live music, and great food at beach front bars including a huge dish of Ceviche that was AMAZING!
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We did more fishing. Scott had a battle with a consummate “bait stealer”. That fish must have stolen over a dozen shrimp before sunset let him live another day.
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And we saw more beautiful birds. These two were my favorites. A mature Little Blue Heron and his pal an immature one. I love the speckling on the little guy.
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And there were oh so many lizards so cute!
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After one more stop at Woody’s, it was time to say goodbye and hit the road.
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Off to Apalachicola and oysters! But first, check out our next entry. And don't forget to follow us on Instagram @arrradventures for more daily photos.

Posted by mrb430 14:42 Archived in USA Tagged birds florida matlacha Comments (0)

Living Life on the Intercoastal

sunny 74 °F
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We arrived in Redington Shores Florida on Sunday for an extended stay at an AirBnB on the intercostal waterway.
Our porch

Our porch

The house from the dock

The house from the dock

The dock from the house

The dock from the house

The first stop in our "decompression tour" to let go of work life and figure out this thing called retirement. I thought we would need a few weeks to settle in and figure things out; turns out we only needed the drive here. It reminds me of going to the house at the Cove from DC. We would leave the city and trek over the seven bridges we crossed to Chincoteague Bay and by the time we were there we would have let the city go and be in full on weekend mode. Well we are in full on retirement mode. We get up when we want, go to bed when we want, and do whatever we want in between. My favorite part is never feeling rushed. Never having to cut our morning walk short because we got up late or have an early meeting. Never having to wolf down some fast, bad food because we only have a half hour until the next commitment.

We are eating better, spending less money, exercising more, and just generally happier. Retirement is awesome!

That being said, there are challenges. Remembering where everything is packed is big - its must have taken 10 trips back and forth to the Beast (that huge duffle bag we have) to get everything we wanted into the house. Now that we're unpacked it's ok and Scott can actually find things without having to ask me but I think we are going to need awhile once we're actually on the road to figure out our packing/unpacking strategy.

But that's still to come. For now, we are enjoying the sun, the water, the wildlife, and the relaxation.
Sunrise - yes we get up in time for it most days!

Sunrise - yes we get up in time for it most days!


And another one...

And another one...

This Great Blue Heron is a daily visitor to our dock

This Great Blue Heron is a daily visitor to our dock


He is so tame because the neighbors feed him fish they catch

He is so tame because the neighbors feed him fish they catch


These Black-crowned Night Herons visit almost every day too

These Black-crowned Night Herons visit almost every day too


Waiting for a fish

Waiting for a fish


Got a fish!

Got a fish!


Three Night Herons

Three Night Herons


Aren't they beautiful?

Aren't they beautiful?

A Great Egret on the dock

A Great Egret on the dock

Jet-skied up to Shepherd's in Clearwater. This was a bucket list item.

Jet-skied up to Shepherd's in Clearwater. This was a bucket list item.

My capable captain

My capable captain

His capable cup-holder

His capable cup-holder

And yes we brought the paddle boards too. They make great floating docks as well as touring craft for the mangroves islands.

And yes we brought the paddle boards too. They make great floating docks as well as touring craft for the mangroves islands.

And of course Cadeau is loving life!
I love retirement, too!

I love retirement, too!


Look at that egret mom!

Look at that egret mom!

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Posted by mrb430 05:05 Archived in USA Tagged birds florida jetski redingtonshores Comments (0)

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