Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 12-13, Ft. Myers Beach, Shrimp & Pasta

Friday, I finally washed the filthy, buggy car and got to show Cindy how dryer sheets easily remove bugs and road tar.  After that, we ran some errands and drove through Ft. Myers Beach located on a barrier island south of Ft Myers and Sanibel Island.  It looked like other Florida beach towns that had seen their heydays mid last century - it is still popular and in very good shape but has the architecture of the period.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 10-11, Cindy, Alva, Ford & Edison

One Wednesday, Cindy flew back down to join us (about $60 on Allegient) for her first RV trip and while I looked after things on the home front, Pat and Bev picked her up at the airport then they all went to Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda for some shopping and to lunch.  Fisherman’s Village is a pier in the Peace River that has about 30 shops, restaurants and other businesses along with a marina – it’s a similar concept to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.  They had lunch at The Village Fish Market and all enjoyed their meals.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 8-9, Sanibel & Coach Wash

On Monday, we decided to drive out to Sanibel and Captive Islands to see if much had changed since we were last here, at least 25 years ago.  While there was some new shopping development, things still looked about the same, especially on Captive with the large named homes and South Seas Plantation Resort at the north end.  We had been to the resort a couple of times, the second to attend my sister’s wedding as she worked there as a property manager.

One of the things we remember from our last stay was eating at the Mucky Duck so we opted to give it a try for lunch – it’s now been there for 41 years.

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 5-7, Moving To Fort Myers - pics added

Friday was the last day at the Marco Island condo for Bev and Pat and the others flew home that morning.  They spent the day packing up to leave and getting in some final lay-around-the-pool time while I got the RV ready to travel.  The daily highlight was this:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 3-4, Marco Area

For our first full day in the Marco Area, the others went to the Marco farmers market while the dogs and I did our normal morning activity and cleaned up the RV.  Then we all drove down to Everglades City (EC) for lunch at the Triad Seafood Market & CafĂ©  - they are no longer a market.  It is located on the water inlet into IC and surrounded by fishing boats and crab traps.  Here are a couple of shots from the web.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 Florida RV Trip, Days 1&2, The Trip South

Joe and I got on the road at 8 am on a chilly (low 30’s), frosty fall morning to start our two day trip to the Marco Island , Fl area.  Without Bev in the co-pilots seat, it took the dogs a little while to settle down to a spot they liked – Joe still usually had one in his lap but Bev nearly always has two.  

It was an uneventful trip down US-411 and I-75 and I did a first, going thru Atlanta in the HOV lane where the restrictions are no trucks and minimum of two people.  It was so much better with vehicles only on one side of me and not having to worry about any lane changes.  Unfortunately there was a wreck induced back-up a little south of the city that took at least 30 minutes to get though.

We pulled into Cecil Bay RV Park at 4pm, for an eight trip.  Cecil Bay is run by a nice older couple and is good for an overnight stay with plenty of long pull-thru sites and with Good Sam’s discount, it was only $28/night.  The roads and sites are all gravel with plenty of grass between sites – our site was level.  This is a shot down the road with lots of pecan trees (Joe got a bag full from the ground) and our site.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fried Catfish - A Couple Of Final Meals

Rather than Bev and Pat returning home from Marco, my buddy Joe and I drove the motor home down to meet them while Cindy looks after things around the home place, so I just had a couple of more meals to take care of before we left.  Cindy had already flown home from Marco so this is the meal I fixed for the two of us.  In a previous post, I’d mentioned that I had boiled a bunch of potatoes that needed used and for this meal, I decided to mash them using Pioneer Woman’s recipe (our go-to) adjusted for my potato amount.

2 1/2  pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes (mine were Yukon and red)
1/3 cups Butter
1/2 package (8 Oz.) Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 cup (to 3/4 Cups) Half-and-Half
1/4 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1/4 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Black Pepper

I put a small amount of water in their container and nuked them until they were about to fall apart then I added the other ingredients and nuked them again to warm the additions.  I hand mashed, adjusted seasoning, and served with a pat of butter on top.

When I bought catfish previously, I had gotten four fillets and decided to give these two a simple southern fry.  I seasoned them with S&P and a little Old Bay and fried them in oil to get this meal.