|Julie and I in front of the Christmas tree and cozy fire at|
the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island
Julie and Peter bought a condo on the junction of several canals and have a lovely view (and their new powerboat right in front). Punta Gorda has a attractive historic downtown and lots going on.
Next we drove down to Bonita Springs. Barbara has bought a condo in a huge gated community near her mother and sister. She looks out over a lovely lake. It is very established with beautiful landscaping. We took a picnic lunch out to the private beach. It is on a island and a launch takes residents out and back. A pretty creek wanders through the area where Barbara kayaks frequently. Barbara made us an amazing stuffed crown roast of pork for dinner. She's a great cook.
The next morning we were out early after a hearty breakfast and by noon were on the plane to Guatemala. More posts to come!
|Mr. and Mrs. Osprey on their nest|
|Love this foliage|
|Festive Punta Gorda downtown at the Farmer's Market|
|Barbara and Scott relax at the beach|
|And walk on the long lovely beach|
|We were fascinated by the flocks of birds wheeling around|
in the sky while others watched
|This is the private beach at the huge complex where Barbara lives|
|Scott, Barbara and Heather on the launch that takes residents out to the|
beach, which is on a private island just off shore.