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Dec 15, 2016 - Night out at Punta Gorda

A big group of us went up to Punta Gorda to have dinner at Laishley's Crab House then take a boat ride from the pier through the canals at Punta Gorda Isles to see the Christmas lights on boats and houses. Most things on the menu were fish items, of course, but I found a shrimp pesto dish that I enjoyed. It took about an hour and a half to have the meal there, but the timing was great. We drove over to Fisherman's Village and got in line while Paula got our tickets. Before long, we boarded the boat and off we went! I stayed downstairs,...

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Nov 19, 2016 - Pickleball Tournament Weekend

What a beautiful and perfect day to be outside enjoying watching people play pickleball on 14 courts! The temperature was in the high 70s and only started getting chilly when the clouds covered the sun. Eight women from Carefree participated in this informal tournament on Saturday which was a fundraiser for the local hospice. I bought raffle tickets but didn't win! A cold front is passing through on Sunday so it was quite chilly in the morning but really nice for play in the afternoon. This day is for mixed doubles. Kay played in the...

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Nov 10, 2016 - First Kayak Adventure of the Season

12 of us at Carefree gathered at 8 AM with colorful kayaks and went up the road just a bit to kayak on Alligator Creek that has no alligators. The launch site is at a little park and the put in is very easy. We kayaked past a populated area including a Home Depot store at the beginning of the trip and saw cormorants and ospreys. I was pleasantly surprised that I snapped a photo of an osprey trying to land to eat his catch (a mouse?) on a branch where a cormorant was perched. It quickly flew away and I think the picture is depicting when it...

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May 8, 2016 - Caloosa Get Together

We had a great long weekend with our Winnebago Club in Punta Gorda, Fl. As you can probably tell from the pics, this was another endless eating opportunity with just enough time to drink a couple toddies and play crazy games to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. This has been a standing tradition with the club and we have it down to a fine art. Jean and I did well betting on the actual race. We each picked the top three horses, and pocketed a whopping $14. We didn't do so well on the putt putt golf even tho I got 2 holes in one's. My team did...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Babcock Wilderness Adventures

Hello Everyone, Today we took a short drive to Punta Gorda to visit the Babcock Wilderness Adventures! This is a large family owned wilderness preserve where they take you on a guided tour of their property to see many animals including alligators, turkeys, and a Panther! To see all the fun, click on the following link: https://youtu.be/EKK2Zq0gi98

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Mar 14, 2016 - Mathematical Constant

March 14 was Pie r square day and we had to go to a geocaching event in Punta Gorda , Florida . What is Pie r square you say???? It is not what pie you like to eat, you remember back when you were in high school and you wondered why you need to learn how to figure the area of a circle. You just did not think that on March 14 2016 you would need all that learning, but it did help us out today at the event. Before the event we wanted to find a few caches in the Punta Gorda area and that was what we did for a few hours before going to the sun...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Shell Creek Paddle

It's Thursday, so it's time to paddle! Windy weather dictates a creek and number of people and cars says it's Shell Creek. Been here many times before but it is still beautiful. It is guaranteed to see some turtles and maybe a few alligators. How many turtles did you count? and I didn't take a photo of all of them!

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Apr 9, 2015 - Prairie Creek

I haven't been to this creek, about a mile past Shell Creek at all this year. Joan asked someone to lead the kayaking group on a trip, so I elected to go here. I was joined by Julie and Lisa and we had a great day on the water. The day was warm, but the heat didn't settle in until after we were finished. I stayed cool, though, because for the first time in my kayaking years, I tipped out of the boat and fell into the water while trying to get out after we were done! I didn't remember to stow my camera, so it took a dive. My automatic...

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Apr 2, 2015 - Peace River rookeries!

The Carefree Paddlepushers drove further up along Peace River to a new launching spot 12 miles east of Punta Gorda on Hunter Creek. After just a short distance we found what the locals here call Bird Island. There were lots of wood storks and black vultures nesting there. We went further down and found a channel that led to the Peace River just upstream from the rookery I visited twice so far this year. I found my way to a small inlet to get the pictures of the egret pair up in the mangroves and the spoonbill that came out to feed. One...

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Mar 29, 2015 - Visit with Gette & Rosemary

Gette & Rose traveled across the state to come see me and where I live. We had lunch at Cactus Jack's on a canal next to the Caloosahatchee River in North Fort Myers on Saturday. Then I showed Gette what pickleball was like, and I introduced them to Cindy. We visited with Chic & Marilyn for a bit, then went into Fort Myers for cocktails and dinner. There was a classic car show going on in the historic district so it was fun to see the cars, the architecture of the buildings, and check out restaurants. We ended up at Ford's Garage, had a few...

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Mar 24, 2015 - Shell Creek Paddle

Cindy came with me this morning to the dulcimer jam up at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center and then we immediately went to Hathaway Park for a paddle on Shell Creek, one of my favorite places. We heard and then finally saw a pileated woodpecker working away on the ground amidst a bunch of bushes and trees. Soon after leaving the launch site, we saw a purple gallinule amongst the reeds. Then we saw the turtles and alligators I expected we would see. We also saw rare sightings of a limpkin and a very active bees' nest high up in a tree. I...

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Mar 18, 2015 - Peace River

Kayaking on a Wednesday this week due to conflicts and only 3 could go out with Joan. So, as an impromptu trip, we went to a little park east of Punta Gorda in a town called Harbor Heights. The Peace River was wide by the breeze was gentle and the waves mild. This is the same place we boated a couple of weeks ago for a moonlight ride to a rookery. We were commenting how good it would be if we got to the rookery and I doubted we would, thinking it was quite a ways upriver. But, after an hour and a half, we saw the rookery in the distance!...

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