Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunset and Mojitos at Fort Myers Beach

Denise Knecht, one of our hosts, picked us up at the airport and, desperately seeking as much sun as was still available in the day, we headed straight to the beach. And what a beach it was -- wide and glowing white. The sunset was beautiful. It went so fast I nearly missed getting any pictures.

Sarah and Denise enjoyed mojitos at the Tiki bar. I indulged in soda water, straight up, with lime on the side. Sitting by the ocean seafood was mandatory so we had gator bites (breaded and fried alligator tail) and grouper tacos. All excellent.

Time to head for the house of our generous hosts Bob Schmidt and his wife, Denise, who were my classmates at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and have been good friends since. They have a beautiful home and we appreciate their generosity in making us welcome there. Beautiful orchids grace every room.

I expect we'll be seeing a lot of this room!  : - )

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Search for Snowless Territory -- A Special Report

Dateline: Columbus, Ohio.

Your intrepid reporter left the central Ohio area this date, February 26, in search of a portion of earth devoid of snow. She was accompanied by her well-loved traveling companion and niece, Sarah Christine.

The two of us spent a considerable time confined to an extremely small area at the very back of a long tube filled with hundreds of people but, buoyed by earlier reports from residents at our destination, we were confident our journey would be worth the discomfort.

Lo and behold, we emerged from the narrow tube into sunshine and warmth and not a snowflake in sight! We were in FLORIDA! Fort Myers, to be more specific.

Eighty-one degrees, sunshine, the Gulf of Mexico and beaches. Our search had succeeded!

Next stop -- Fort Myers beach at sunset.  

Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment when the identity of our on location sources will be revealed!