Nov 30 – All Settled In (Ft. Myers, FL)

We arrived at the Ft. Myers Yacht Basin on Monday, November 28th. We had a great ride down from Venice and now we’re all settled in at Ft. Myers for a month.

The early morning ferry service was active as we came down the ICW.

The early morning ferry service was busy as we came down the ICW on Monday, November 28th.

We left out at 6:40 a.m. on Monday. We had to cross Charlotte Harbor on our way to Ft. Myers and the winds were predicted to pick up in the afternoon. So we had an early start and got on across before conditions changed.

Had a few dolphins playing in the water as we traveled south.

Saw a few dolphins playing in the water as we traveled south.

Met a few boats and passed several on our way south.

Met a few boats and passed several on our way south.

Looked like they were having quite a party when we passed by this floating houseboat.  

Looked like they were having quite a party when we passed by this floating bait shop.

By 11:40 we were in Ft. Myers, having traveled about 60 miles in 5 hours. We were originally not going to arrive at the marina until December 1st. But they were having a big retirement party for the dockmaster on Monday the 28th. So we came in early to wish him well and enjoy the festivities.

Great turn-out at the dock party. That’s Jane off “Rising Tide” enjoying the event. We all brought dishes to share and the marina grilled steaks, burgers and hot dogs.  

Party started at 4:00 on Monday, November 28th at the Ft. Myers Yacht Basin. There was a great turn-out! Several loopers and a lot of local slip holders were in attendance. That’s Jane off PDQ “Rising Tide” enjoying the event and Carole from PDQ “Tiger” preparing to take pictures during the party. We all brought dishes to share and the marina grilled steaks, burgers and hot dogs.

We were entertained by the a dozen of the Fort Myers Calendar girls, divas over 50 who dance to raise money for charity. In the back row, the third Calendar girl from the left is Sandy. She and her husband Chet own the PDQ “Alez Cat”. We met them last January in Stuart at the PDQ event…didn’t’ realize she was a Calendar Girl when we met.

We were entertained by a dozen of the Fort Myers Calendar Girls, divas over 50 who dance to raise money for charity. In the back row, the third Calendar Girl from the left is Sandy. She and her husband Chet own the PDQ “Allez Cat”. We met them last January in Stuart at a PDQ event…didn’t’ realize she was a Calendar Girl when we met.

PDQ Gathering at the party! We’re joined here by Kent and Jane from the PDQ “Rising Tide”,  Sandy and Chet off the PDQ “Alez Cat” and Bill, Carole and Suzanna from “Tiger”.

Bunch of PDQ’ers at the party! We’re joined here by Kent and Jane from the PDQ “Rising Tide”,  Sandy and Chet off the PDQ “Allez Cat” and Bill, Carole and Suzanna from PDQ “Tiger”.

Had to share a picture of these bananas….so creative! Chocolate chips are used for the dolphins eyes.

Had to share a picture of these bananas….so creative! Chocolate chips are used for the dolphins’ eyes.

When we returned from the dock party on Monday night, we noticed the refrigerator in “Miss My Money” had started defrosting. David called a technician who agreed to have someone come on Tuesday to check it out. So we  rented a car Tuesday morning and took everything in the refrigerator to our new place.  The technician came later Tuesday. He had to pull the refrigerator out of the wall, which turned out to be a bit of a project. The unit fits snugly in the hole. The technician assessed that the computer control unit needed to be replaced. We found one on-line and it should be here, hopefully by the end of the week.

Carole invited us along with Kent and Jane over to “Tiger” on Tuesday evening for another fish fry. She again did an awesome job. Everyone had a great time.

Suzanne, Jane, and Carole on Tiger enjoying a cocktail before dinner on Tuesday, November 29th.

Suzanne, Jane, and Carole on “Tiger” enjoying a cocktail before dinner on Tuesday, November 29th.

Kent, Dave, and Bill on the PDQ “Tiger”

The guys, Kent, Dave, and Bill on the PDQ “Tiger”

With having the car, we’ve been able to run back and forth between the new house and “Miss My Money” a couple of times. Bill, Carole, and Suzanne joined on one of our trips and then Kent and Jane from “Rising Tide” went out with us on Wednesday.

“Tiger” pulled out on Wednesday. We went, along with Kent and Jane, to our house and waved good bye as they headed on across the Caloosahatchee River. They are going to be missed!

“Tiger” pulled out on Wednesday. They have to head back to Canada for the winter and will be leaving the boat in Stuart while they’re away. Since they would be passing by our new house, we went, along with Kent and Jane, to the house and managed to say one last good-bye as they headed on across the Caloosahatchee River. They are going to be missed!

Big turtle at the Buckingham Farm where we had lunch with Kent and Jane on Wednesday, November 30th.  Buckingham Farm is a 50 acre hydroponic farm and country store.

Big turtle at the Buckingham Farm, a 50 acre hydroponic farm and country store that serves lunch.

While we were having lunch at the Buckingham Farm with Kent and Jane on Wednesday, Bob and Lynda off the Mainship “Erika Lin” showed up at the farm.  We met them last year in Mystic Connecticut at the MTOA Northeast Rendezvous and then traveled with them over to Mattituck NY once the rendezvous ended. Bob and Lynda are also gold loopers who have a home in the Ft. Myers area.

Yes, there are gators down here! We saw this big gator in one of the canals by our new place.

Yes, there are gators down here! We saw this big gator in one of the canals by our new place.

Once “Tiger” left the Ft. Myers marina, we moved “Miss My Money” into the slip where they’d been. She’ll spend the next month in that spot. When we arrived on Monday, they directed us to the facedock at the Ft. Myers Yacht Basin. The facedock is less protected than where we’re tied now. We’re actually in about the same spot that we’ve been tied for the last couple years. It’s convenient to all the facilities and downtown. They have a farmers market here every Thursday morning and lots of activities scheduled for downtown during the month of December.

Since we won’t be traveling on the boat during the next month or so, we probably won’t be posting many blogs, if any. Thanks for taking to time to follow along our journey this year. We hope that each and every one of you have a wonderful holiday season!

 

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4 Responses to Nov 30 – All Settled In (Ft. Myers, FL)

  1. Duane Ising, m/v Diva Di says:

    We thoroughly enjoyed following your terrific blog. Thanks for sharing your adventure, and congratulations, again, on earning your Platinum Looper status. We have a lot on our plate after we get home within a day or two, but perhaps we can get together while you are still in the area.

  2. Laura says:

    We saw your boat in Venice and almost tied up behind you so we could chat about your loop adventures and your PDQ. We have a 44′ Endeavourcat and live in Palmetto, just North of Bradenton. Would love to meet up with you sometime.

    Laura

  3. David Bushnell says:

    Enjoyed your adventures on the blog. Hope you both have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Years.

  4. Bernie and Don Burton says:

    We have really enjoyed following you via your blog! Enjoy the sunny south! I was in Sarasota during Thanksgiving week visiting our son and family. The weather was perfect!
    I also have been following Mike and Paige on Golden. But their blog has been removed. Do you know why???
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy 2017.
    Bernie and Don in snowy Tobermory

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