Enjoying the Pace - Estero Island, Fort Myers

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Certainly enjoying the lifestyle at Fort Myers Beach ....

Dec 2 - Guess what?   Yep - we spent another day at the beach!  
The great thing about this campsite is we can enjoy the beautiful ocean, and still have great internet access.   Of course, for a lot of people, they don't need internet when they're at the beach (and rightly so!), but for us, we are having to plan the next part of our journey - our trip to Spain. And before that our couple of days in Germany. 

We were wanting to go directly from Duesseldorf to Alicante, but the flights and times and dollars, just weren't working out.   So in the end we have had to book our tickets for 2 days later, and stay with Rima (who is a beautiful friend of ours, and was a nanny to our children), in Germany for those couple of days.   It will be cold, but we are very much looking forward to seeing her again, and meeting her family.  

Certainly most relieved and satisfied to have organised that part of our trip today, while watching the children play on the beach, and see the waves rolling in .....  

Dec 3 - Another beach day (and it's hot - fantastic!) - and another organising day. Spain is looming, and we needed to confirm a vehicle and some accommodation.   So that was definitely on the agenda today.

We managed to get a 7 seater rental car for until end of January (not easy or cheap), but obvoiusly imperative.  Got the best deal we could and we pick it up from the airport.   Also, we managed to secure a rental property for 3 months, from the day we arrive, which is a 4 bdrm, 2 bathroom, fully furnished villa with a pool - nothing flash but looks very tidy and clean (from the photos), and is only 600 mts to Moraira beach and main town.  So perfect location, and is around NZD450 per week, so that's very reasonable.

After that was done, we lay on the beach, read our books, and as the night drew in, enjoyed the sunset with a glass of wine, all while the children were still digging in the sand.   Actually, they enjoy being outside at dusk,  because it's just the little bit more cooler, and it really is so beautiful

Dec 4 - This is our last day at Fort Myers Beach, and we have mixed emotions, but I'll talk about that soon.

For our last day, we were given the gift of seeing dolphins swim by shore.  Harrison came running into the campervan, shouting that he'd seen a fin!  I looked out and there were 2 dolphins emerging from the water, and I couldn't believe they were only at (what looked like) knee depth in the sea.  We couldn't get out there fast enough.  By the time, we'd got cameras, videos etc, they had passed our spot, and gone out a little bit further, but we managed to walk along the shore and watch them, if and when they decided to surface. It wasn't really close enough to get a photo, but it was quite special, because it was unexpected, and as Harrison said, it was better than feeding them at Seaworld, because here they were in the wild (as he put it).   Couldn't agree more.

As it was our last day we decided to have a special dinner.  So we had something, that we haven't had since we left New Zealand - lamb roast, with roast potatoes and minted peas - everyone's favourite!   I was a bit skeptical about cooking a roast, not so much the cooking part, but just the we haven't eaten a lot of red meat this holiday, because we haven't found anything 'nice' - unless you go out to a restaurant.   The supermarket meat is not as tender or juicy (ie the qualities not there), like we're used to.   But Gary found a couple of nice looking roast lamb portions at a Supermarket and I have to say it was delicious.   There is nothing better, than sitting on the beach, lit only by the few lights, surrounded by palm trees, having a Lamb Roast dinner - what a perfect end, to a perfect holiday!

Some thoughts:   as I said, it's another set of mixed emotions..... 

We are a sad that our holiday has come to and end, we have seen and done SO much, and would be happy to keep going, but life is full of seasons, and this was one of them.

We are so grateful that we've been given this opportunity.  It has been absolutely incredible, and we do not take a minute of it for granted. 

We are excited about the next part of our journey, and every experience that will come our way, upon saying that, the words aprehensive and nervous also comes to mind

But, all of those thoughts and emotions are just a mirror of  how we felt before we embarked on our road trip of America.   And I have not one regret.    I can only say, don't let the 'what-if's', stop you living your dream - it's worth every sleepless night.  


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