Monday Sue packed a picnic lunch for our canoe trip on the Estero River. It begins as a narrow creek at the park and widens to a good size river by the time it empties into Estero Bay 3.5 miles downstream. We hoped to make it all the way to the bay, we left about an hour before low tide so would have a favorable tidal current both ways. The weather gradually got cloudier and windier though so we found a little beach at the 2.5 mile mark to pull out for lunch, then headed for home. The rain started just as we returned the paddles and paid for the rental at the park office. I’m glad we avoided the hassle of bringing our kayaks on the car roof this winter, every park we’ve camped at has offered canoe and kayak rental for $5 per hour.
We read for the rest of the afternoon, Sue made dinner, then we made the best of a rainy evening by going to the movies. Argo was terrific, I see why it won Best Picture this year. Interesting, to watch a movie based on events (rescuing six Americans from the Canadian embassy during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979) that I remembered first hand.
Tuesday we went to Starbucks at a nearby mall to use their wifi to download some Ted Talks. That wasn’t practical as their wifi was so slow, but we had some coffee and surfed the net for a while, then went next door to Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill for lunch. They had a nice outdoor setting with several veg options. Afterward we went home and got cleaned up to got to a 4:30 PM Yoga session at the Unitarian Church. I really liked this as the teacher went slow enough that I could almost keep up, no tricky contortionist poses either. We finished the day with dinner at the Paris Saigon Bistro, the place we found for lunch on Sunday. We even had the same table on the corner of the porch.
Wednesday afternoon we took the guided tour of the Koreshan Historic Site, which Sue is going to write about soon, then went back to the Unitarian Church for their vegetarian dinner and watched a ‘stretch your boundaries’ movie about motorcycling through the highest pass in the Himalayas.
Thursday we finally walked the nature trail along the river bank from the camp sites to the Koreshan Settlement area. Really a pretty trail with large groves of bamboo. Finally a picture:
We decided to stay here for an extra day but had to move to a new site so got the moving chores done, had lunch, then (finally!!) went to the beach at Lovers Key State Park, a 2.5 mile long barrier island. The park owns the whole island so it is very scenic, zero development and lots of birds, especially Ospreys. We often saw them delivering take-out seafood to the young back home in the nest.
It was a spectacular sunny, 75 degree, crystal clear day, so nice that we walked the whole beach both ways.
The north end of the island had several of these big dead trees right on the beach. The live big trees were all at least a couple of hundred feet further inland so a lot of the land must have eroded away in the last 10? or 20? years.
This morning we got packed up then went to the Happahatchie Center. We met a woman after church last Sunday, she and Sue got to discussing Eco-spiritual issues and traded email addresses. Later in the week she invited us to a picnic lunch and tour of the Happahatchie Center, which is virtually across the street from the state park. The Center is a beautiful preserve that was once part of the Koreshan Settlement. It is a an Eco-spiritual center and the board has been renovating the facilities and planning programming. A very interesting visit and place.