Lovers Key

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!

  
My breakfast scramble was fresh and delicious also!

What a nice couple of days in southwest Florida. Thanks, Judy and Dale!

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23 thoughts on “Lovers Key”

  1. We love Barefoot Beach! It was one of the beaches I always needed to visit when we were in Ft Myers to see my parents. Unbelievable mansions on the drive in!! I’ve never seen a seahorse on the shore before. Sweet that you rescued it:) Hope it survived. Beautiful view from balcony:)

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  2. Yeah, right. You’ll get sick of all that sunshine, beachcombing, sightseeing, balmy breezes….. Paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… you know you want to come back up north to the real treasures of a frozen white adventure park of snow drifts, ice storms and freezing rain…. now wait, that’s what I’m stuck with….. Nevermind! I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. LOL

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  3. This is very impressive to see to many intact shells ! I’m used to see them quite destroyed. When I was little, it was incredible to find one that wasn’t broken 😀 How come that the shells are not destroyed by the way ? (it’s probably a stupid question)

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    1. There is no such thing as a stupid question, Gin. Ask all the questions you need to understand the subject. Knowledge is everything! 🙂

      I think there are two things that come into play at Barefoot Beach. First, it doesn’t get a lot of traffic, as it is not on the main road. Second, the Gulf of Mexico has a gentler wave action than the open ocean. I also think that since it is warmer than the ocean, more sea life grows, so the quantity is greater. Those are my theories…it’s definitely something to investigate! 🙂

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      1. Oh it makes sense. I’ve always been to places with big waves (and sometimes rocks).

        Since you mentioned the Gulf of Mexico, do you think you will be able to spot some whale sharks over there ? Is it common to see them in Florida ?

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