Over the Skyway Bridge and Other Adventures

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Periwinkle RV Park

Flag of United States  , Florida
Sunday, February 10, 2013

We got an earlier-than-usual start this morning, getting back to the Costco Fuel Station by nine o'clock.  It was very quiet there and it took no time to gas up and hit the highway again.  The route was simple and was only complicated by the steady gusty winds from the east.  Traffic was relatively light as we drove past St. Petersburg.  The sun was out on this glorious winter day and the temperature soon rose to where we need to turn on the air conditioning.  That's a good thing, especially considering the weather north of us on the east coast.

We soon approached the Skyway Bridge and were surprised and pleased to see three hang gliders floating near the bridge.  Lynn thought she saw some sort of surfboard or such hanging below the fliers, but I saw mostly the road. Traffic had increased and was a bit of a challenge at the time.  The wind made the bridge crossing more of a challenge and hampered my ability to take a few photos and drive competently. Those that I took turned out surprisingly well, excusing the bugs on the windscreen.  I removed a few while editing.  Monty, our mascot moose always gets the best view, however he doesn't say much.  I'd appreciate his perspective, so to speak.  But, he says nothing and just sits and watches from his better point of view.

This park is truly amazing.  The flora is typical, I imagine, of the area we're in now.  Lots of palm trees and flowering bushes.  It IS springtime here already. A lot of the houses here are semi-permanent and are lived in during all but the hot, hot summer months. The heat is just fine with us northlanders.

We took a short walk through a portion of the park and found the Bird Park. The Bird Lady was feeding some Barred Geese and complaining about what "menaces" the ibises are.  The steal the food intended for those beautiful geese, apparently.  The beach, a public one, is about half a mile from the park and is accessible only on foot or bicycle.  We'll probably drive to one of the others nearby, by car and spend some time walking and looking for that diamond ring that Lynn is seeking so earnestly.  This is an especially good area for finding seashells.  We will see just what we can come up with.

On our return, I caught some sun and Lynn read in the shade.  Both of us enjoyed the warm temperatures with the cool breeze along with them. Later we had a Costco steak with baked red potatoes and a green salad.  A well balanced and well-eaten meal, I can tell you that much.

We're located just next to the Duck Pond and lots of species live here, many of which I don't recognize. There are two resident swans, as well as ibises and I don't know what all.  We'll enjoy the experience and hope that you do too, via these words and pictures. I'll post the greater number on Flickr, so just save the link to check them out
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/  will do the trick.
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Bonnie on

The hibiscus is gorgeous. Wish we could grow them in our yards.

Mark Studt on

Glad to hear that you are both doing well. Keep up the great bridge pictures.

photodon on

Good to see you made it to Sanibel - it's on my bucket list. Thanks for the pix & info.

cherie on

Hope you had a great birthday last Friday.

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