S: Florida 2010
BC: JoAnn's Haiku A relaxing time- Sunny ocean vacation Wish I was there, now.
FC: The Edens go to Florida
1: The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, yet echoes on in sweet, soulful refrains. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
2: Dreaming of being on a tropical island, toes in soft white sand, an expansive beach, swaying coconut palms, lush tropical foliage and beautiful crystal blue water. The pelicans and herons fish for their dinner, collecting "treasures from the sea"...the sleeping angels on July 10th, 2010 before vacation.
3: What happened? July 10th Day of Travel. Flying from Milwaukee to Ft. Myers Beach. July 11th To the beach and pool. Laura's birthday. July 12th Went shelling at Sanibel Island. Lots of shells. Water was rough. July 13th Beach, pool and shopping on Estero Blvd downtown Ft. Myers Beach. July 14th Disney!!! July 15th Day of Rest, beach, pool and more souvenir shopping. July 16th Beach, pool and golfing at Jungle Golf. July 17th Travel day to home.
4: At Milwaukee Airport... This is Jamie and Justin's first airplane ride. It was a long day that began in the morning and ended at 9 pm when we arrived at the condo. They enjoyed the flight.
6: Poolside Antics
8: Jamie and Justin didn't know what to think of this masked pirate that we spotted while shopping on Estero Boulevard in Ft. Myers Beach. For a couple of "coins", they were able to get a photo memento.
9: Cousins shopping and taking time to strike a pose in front of this Tiki. Allyson, Jamie, Justin, Chloe
10: I hope that you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.
11: In a tide pool at the beach, this is what Jamie and Justin found.
13: Pink at night, sailors delight. Red in morning, sailors take warning.... The beauty of a sunset never ceases to amaze me.
15: A surprise for the Kids- A day to Disney's Magic Kingdom. Our day started at 6 am and ended the next day at 2:30 in the morning. A lot of fun, but hot, hot, hot!!!
17: Disney-The Magic Kingdom *** What did we do? What did we see? Adventureland- Pirates of the Caribbean Jungle Cruise The Enchanted Tiki Room Frontierland- Splash Mountain Big Thunder Mountain Liberty Square- Haunted Mansion Fantasyland- It's a Small World Mickey's PhilharMagic Dumbo the Flying Elephant The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Tomorrowland- Indy Speedway Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin Disney's Electrical Parade at 9 pm What was our Favorites? JoAnn-Splash Mountain, Mickey's Philharmagic, Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World. Jamie-Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World. Justin-Buzz LIghtyear, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Carribean. Grandma Sue-Haunted Mansion, Mickey's Philarmagic
18: Just hangin' around...
19: Golfing Fun at Jungle Golf
21: A little bit about Ft. Myers Beach Estero Island is a young barrier island that was formed after Earth's last ice age. Florida's climate was cool and dry and the peninsula was covered by grassy tundra. Because of its proximity to the rich, food producing estuaries of Estero Bay, the island was the very center of the Calusa Indian heartland. ---------------------------------------- | Story of the Starfish Thrower A man was walking along the beach and saw a little boy throwing starfish that had been washed ashore back into the ocean. He thought the boy was silly as he knew it was impossible to throw every one of them back into the water. The man walked up to the boy and asked him why he was trying to save the starfish; "Son, how are you going to save all of them? Every time you put one back, another will be washed ashore. It doesn't matter to them." The boy picked up a starfish, threw it back into the sea and said, "It mattered to that one." | Shelling on Sanibel Island Sanibel Island is situated at a special place in the Gulf of Mexico-it has an east/west alignment. From the south comes a wind and strong currents that cause this eleven mile-long, 3 mile-wide island to become a scoop for seashells. It is one of the top places in the world to observe, collect and admire these treasures. We spent one afternoon on Sanibel collecting shells and making memories.