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We arrived back in Fort Myers on Dec 27. We both began shedding our coats and sweaters as we started the long walk down the dock to D17 ;) Did I mention before that our boat is .25 mile from the marina office! It's a hike!
I would say the same number of boaters stayed on the dock over the Christmas holiday as went back to their 'dirt' homes. As you can see many of the boats are still decorated for the holiday. This one is especially festive both in the front and back!
Our boat was in good shape. We were curious to see how she faired. We had some pretty nasty wind while we were away. The folks that stayed reported 30-40 mph winds with 50-70 mph gusts. It was great to see BELLA still safe in her slip considering our 'backyard' is right on the channel with only the concrete floating dock to block the wake.
We were excited to get the dinghy off the swim platform....FINALLY!!! Other than having to remove it to replace the scuppers in Pensacola, the dinghy has not been off the back of the boat. It was time! So Saturday we put the plug back in the dinghy---a very important thing to do ;) and plugged the wench in and got that baby in the water.
Tom took her for a ride around the marina to make sure every thing was working. All was good so we headed out to Marina Town across the channel for a little lunch. It's fun having it back in the water but we are keeping a sharp eye out for the visitor below........
It's crazy seeing an alligator swimming around your boat in a marina! I definitely don't dip my toes in the water.....ever!
Downtown Fort Myers had a fun New Year's Eve. They hung a "ball" on a crane right off the main drag for their midnight ball drop! It was a fun, festive atmosphere with bands and food & beverage vendors on the street. Father Time even made an appearance.....
We've become fans of the Cape Coral Farmers Market. It's been great getting farm fresh produce and Tom's new favorite; sweet, hot pickles! We hit it again yesterday and had lunch at Cape Coral's Boat House.
Since being back our days have been filled with boat maintence, checking out the Fort Myers area by foot, bike & Uber, meeting fellow boaters at Legacy and docktails! The lovely ladies with me above are Jennifer Peterson and her boat neighbor, Sue from the C Dock and everyone's favorite at Legacy!
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.