Our vacation in Sanibel Island, Florida was amazing. It is a beautiful paradise filled with tropical birds and Mangrove trees, white sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets. I felt like I was living a Jimmy Buffet song.
We took a sunset cruise. We watched the sun melt into the ocean and dolphins jump and play next to the boat. After I took this picture of my son the batteries died in my camera so you will have to use your imagination regarding the sunset and the dolphins.
I love the sea. There is something so healing about being surrounded by water. As the waves gently lapped up onto the side of the boat I could feel months of stress taking it’s leave. I did well not thinking about adoption. It came up and I pushed it away. It was unwelcome. I was selfish with my time.
Before we left I had a freakish concern that my children would all be eaten by alligators. I even dreamed about it! Fortunately we only saw one the whole time we were there. He was basking in the sun in the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. I got some amazing shots of him, wished him well and got the hell out of there.
We learned later that this very alligator had been removed for becoming too aggressive. It turns out people were feeding him and alligators who are fed, over time, lose sight of the difference between their source of food and the food itself. I was maybe four feet from him when I took this photo. Not my most intelligent moment.
My favorite of all birds is the Great Blue Heron. Here is a baby Heron. He wobbled about the marsh and I fell in love. As I snapped pictures of him he became very shy and hid his head under his wing. He stayed that way until I quit taking pictures. It was adorable.
This is the lighthouse on the island.
One of the best features of Sanibel Island is the shelling. Due to it’s geographic position it is one of the best places to find sea shells. We barely escaped having to rent a trailor to tow all of the shells we found back home! Once they are unpacked and cleaned I will take some pictures of them. We found just about every kind there are and even found some sand dollars which the kids thought was the coolest.
Our journey home was interesting but I will save that for another day. I missed everyone! I’m glad to be home……….sort of.