Sunday (8/17/14) Ft. Myers Beach
Yesterday was a little unsettling and stressful visiting a brand new location (although the getting here part was not bad). But, between the mooring ball fiasco, and just figuring out where things are and how things work, we weren’t feeling comfortable. Today, was much better.
We had done a little internet research and found a church on the island to attend this morning. At 9:20, we caught the trolley (although we had to chase it for a block) for the ride to St. Raphael’s by the Sea Anglican Church. It was a much smaller church than we had attended in a while. There were no musicians and music was played by video projected onto a screen. Still, it was good to be involved in worship. We caught the 11:20 trolley back into town and had lunch at Nervous Nelly’s right next to the dinghy dock where we tie up our dinghy when ashore. The food was good and the air conditioning was equally as good.
Once back aboard Beatitude, we were visited by the folks on Leap of Faith, a motor vessel on the mooring ball immediately adjacent to ours. Ed and Kim have been cruising for three years and have been here often. They were able to give us some good information about the area. I had actually communicated with Ed via Facebook last week when he posted some information about the Ft. Myers Beach mooring field. Ed has authored several books on cruising. You can look him up on Amazon (Ed Robinson).
After our pleasant, but quick, visit, we loaded our dinghy with our wagon, two bags of laundry, and a backpack of computers and iPads and headed off to the marina laundry room. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. The machines were well-maintained and clean. There was a large table with chairs and, most importantly, excellent wifi! We did our laundry, while I published another blog post and worked on a few more.
It was then a quick trip back to Beatitude to put our laundry away before we were off to meet some old friends. By the way, I really appreciate our 12’ RIB dinghy with 15 hp motor. It is big enough to carry supplies, laundry, etc. and fast enough to get us from one place to another if in a hurry. The dinghy is our “car” while Beatitude is our “house.”
At six o’clock, we met up with Carson and Hope at Petey’s, which was purported to have the best pizza on Estero Island (having now had the pizza, I can say it was really good!). Carson and Hope have ten years of cruising experience which has just recently been put on hold by health problems. They were at Regatta Pointe while we were there and had left for Guatemala not too long after our arrival. Unfortunately, their trip was cut short and they had to turn back. They now live in a marina here in Ft. Myers Beach. In fact, there boat is about a pitching wedge from where we are moored. We had a wonderful time catching up and plan to meet up again before the week is through.
After returning to Beatitude, part six of John Adams brought the day to a close. We’ve been running the generator for about an hour each night while we watch John Adams, so that we can run the air conditioner and cool off a little bit before bedtime. It is a nice respite from the heat, however brief it may be.