Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fort Myers, FL Mar 6-10, 2016

We originally intended to stay 2 nights here...and 2 nights near St Petersburg.  We ran into complications, and decided to drive a few more hours...and spend 4 nights here in Ft Myers.  We're glad it worked out this way...Siesta Bay RV Resort is an age 55+ resort with all the amenities.  Don't know how we qualified, but maybe they thought I was Linda's dad...(haha)


Even though we were in Overflow parking, it was a nice and grassy site...but already too many mosquitos and bugs here.  I can't imagine how the summer would be!



We spent one evening in the Historical River District of Ft Myers.  With it's brick lined streets, charming shops and restaurants, and it's location on banks of the Caloosahatchee River...it's a nice place to spend some time.





Sunset overlooking the Caloosahatchee River



A visit to Sanibel Island provided us with some terrific views of the beaches and tropical foliage and trees.  If we ever return, we would love to bring our bicycles to the island.  The streets were too congested with traffic, but it would be an awesome place to bring a bicycle - Lots of bike paths!


These beaches are loaded with seashells.  It's a good place to find some colorful shells - especially at low tide.

The ironwork to build the lighthouse on Sanibel Island was brought over by ship in 1856.  However, the ship sank just 2 miles offshore!   In 1856, hard hat divers recovered all but 2 pieces of the steel to complete the structure.  

Sanibel is home to many different species of birds

Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison built his winter home here in 1885.  His good friend Henry Ford later purchased the home next door.  The properties have since been turned into a museum and botanical garden.

Henry Ford's Winter Retreat in the background




I've always admired Thomas Edison.  He is standing in front of a huge, old Banyan Tree.  These trees have one Central Trunk, but all the other trunks are actually prop roots that grow downward from existing branches...They grow right into the ground!



This is the lab where Thomas Edison, Henry Ford & Harvey Firestone worked on trying to find a source for rubber that could be grown here in the USA.





3 comments :

Davi said...

You two are getting to see so many awesome places and historical sites! Its fun to get a glimpse of all the places I will never see in person. Thanks for sharing with us! Blessings :)

Brian Robinson said...

Terri, AJ, and I stayed in Sanibel for a week at her parents timeshare. Those Banyan trees at Thomas Edison's estate we're amazing!

Brian Robinson said...

Terri, AJ, and I stayed in Sanibel for a week at her parents timeshare. Those Banyan trees at Thomas Edison's estate we're amazing!