Florida is unique with its southern charm and prolific vegetation. Flowers are everywhere!
Seafood is the norm, and that is great with me. I even went wild and ordered shrimp and grits with okra on the side. Oh yes I did!
First Florida stop was at our dear friends Andre and Helen in Pompano Beach. We had so much fun that I even forgot to take pictures! Here are a few:
No pictures of Helen, and that’s unfortunate because she is a natural beauty. And such a lovely hostess.
Terry and Andre connected with their old buddy Harry at Ft. Lauderdale Country Club. Just like old times.
Next stop; Sanibel Island. Good friends and our own beach.
The Creevys are dear, old friends of ours. We don’t see them as often as we used to, but when we do, we pick right up where we left off.
Sanibel is wild, old Florida. You can walk the beach for miles.
The pelicans are always putting on a show!
Only one not so good thing about Sanibel: the Noseeums. Those insects love my blood. Ugh! But it’s a small price to pay for such good times. And, what do I expect, it’s the tropics.
Next stop, Longwood Florida with Mark and Betsy Ford.
Terry and I enjoyed our time with both of these good friends. Betsy has the most infectious laugh and oh boy did we laugh! She’s also a teacher, so we have lots in common. Mark is a history expert, so conversation is interesting and relevant. And he’s also a musician. He knows lots of local musicians, too.
Mark arranged for us to go on a canoe trip down the Wekiva River. Talk about Jumanji!!
I had never experienced Florida in such an authentic, natural way. The river presented us with several challenges. Terry met head on with a mangrove thicket.
All in all, it was a fun, crazy day full of wildlife sightings and sunshine. 8.5 miles of real Florida, reptiles and all.
We said our goodbyes to the Fords this morning and now we are headed to Jupiter (lol not the planet). I will add to this post soon!
Well we wrapped up friendship appreciation week with a visit with Jack and Paula Birren in Jupiter Florida. They live in a condo resort-like area where everyone knows one another. Between the pool, the beach, and the seafood, what’s not to love?
We saw some great live music in the town of Sebastian. The band was rockin’ Chicago blues and the cold beer was flowing! Oh, and Harley Davidson is alive and well in South Florida (in case you were curious).
Too bad I didn’t pack my Harley tank top.
We are hoping to get some rest on the flight to Chicago. I miss my people.