On Tuesday, we headed back across the state to Lovers Key to visit my sister Judy and her husband Dale. They came down from Michigan for a mid-winter break. It was not only great to see them, it also was nice to see the Bonita/Naples area again!
On Wednesday morning, we went for a stroll on Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs.
Here’s Dale and Judy searching for shells. The quality of the sea shells is outstanding in southwest Florida, and we were not disappointed Wednesday morning. 🙂
There were hundreds of intact conch shells. Of all the years we’ve been on Florida beaches, this was the best shelling we had ever seen!
Dale found this sea horse that was still alive, so he took it out into the surf to give it a chance at survival.
We also saw this dead blue crab. I certainly wouldn’t want one of these grabbing my toe!
We walked a mile down the beach and returned to the parking lot along a nature path through the mangroves.
Afterwards, we returned to their condo and hung out at the pool for the afternoon. We had yet to get any pool time since being down in Florida, so it was a special treat for us. :). Check out the view from their balcony! This is looking south towards Naples.
This is looking north towards Fort Myers Beach. We saw dolphins swimming in Estero Bay and even had an osprey fly by with a large fish in its’ talons.
On Wednesday evening, we went to a local restaurant called A Table Apart in Bonita Springs. Dale’s cousin Marilyn and her husband Bill joined us. They are also staying for a few weeks at Lovers Key Resort.
We had a wonderful time! A Table Apart is a restaurant that we can highly recommend. Our server was outstanding and the food was out of this world. 🙂
Aferwards, we caught the tail end of a sunset from Dale and Judy’s balcony.
A perfect end to a perfect day. 🙂
Thursday morning after we headed out, we stopped for breakfast north of Bonita Springs at First Watch. This is a growing national chain of breakfast/lunch restaurants that we first discovered in the Naples area a few years ago.
Diana likes avacados, and her breakfast didn’t disappoint!
What a nice couple of days in southwest Florida. Thanks, Judy and Dale!
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