Monday, November 14, 2011
Salty Sam’s Marina, Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Monday was an easy day. Our last meal on the boat had been lunch on Sunday and the Captain wanted a “real” breakfast, greasy spoon diner. I asked around and was told that the must place to have grub was Marti’s Family Dining. I called Eroll’s Taxi the night before and specified that we needed a minivan for the five of us.
“Where are you going?” the dispatcher asked.
“Marti’s Family Dining for breakfast.”
“You can’t go wrong at Marti’s.” He replied.
After a hearty and inexpensive breakfast we walked a mile to the trolley stop and for fifty cents, twenty-five cents for seniors, we took the trolley back to the marina. It was nice to stretch our legs and feel land under us again.
Laundry was done while cleaning up the boat and organizing gear.
“Bill, I’ll be happy to fold your laundry and bring it back to the boat, when it’s done.”
“Fold?!” he exclaimed. “My clothes wouldn’t know what to do if they were folded.”
“Then they wouldn’t be wrinkled.”
“They’re just going to get wrinkled again, so why even bother?”
I just shook my head.
Captian Hugh was putting things in order for the temporary captain, Jordan, to take over for a couple of months. In particular was going through the Coast Guard inspection check list. Hugh’s been through inspections before and knows the only good ones are the ones when things are in their place. Through out the day he’d ask one of us, “Do you know where this is?” or “Have you seen… ?” He made sure everything was in order and made a list of things that needed to be attended to; hopefully Captain Jordan would get through the inspection smoothly.
“Where’s Mike?” I asked.
“He took off a little while ago.”
“Bummer, I didn’t even get to say ‘bye.”
“It sounded like he got a last minute ride.”
Andy wandered around with his camera taking pictures of lots of birds – an assortment of herons and egrets, ibis, stork and other water birds. Bill decided to go exploring too and wandered off.
That night Drummond Island friends of ours, who spend the winters in Florida, came to see the boat and take us home with them for the night. It was nice to see Luanne and Mel. We even got to spend the night in a bed, together, that was larger than a cot. It was quite a luxury, as was the clean bathroom.