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Barrier Island Travels

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My good friend, Kathi Hendee and her hubby, Scott, recently visited us from Rockton, IL! We had two fun days exploring the barrier islands near us! Here we are for lunch on the beach (Kathi is on the right) at South Beach Bar & Grille near Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. The weather was PERFECT!!

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The second day, the four of us took the Tropic Star Ferry from Bokeelia, Pine Island to Cabbage Key for lunch.

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The Brown Pelicans & White Pelicans were waiting for us to depart. White Pelicans migrate north to Minnesota and Canada to breed in the summer. These birds are actually STANDING on a sand bar.

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Here we are arriving at Cabbage Key for lunch. This island has NO cars and NO bridges. Come by boat or by a very LONGGGGGG swim!! It was CHARMING! On the ferry back, we saw Bottlenose Dolphins - ALWAYS exciting!! One Dolphin rode the ferry's wake only six feet from me. I could look in it's eye!! It all happens too fast to get a picture.

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Back at the dock, Brown Pelicans were waiting for the fishermen to come in and sell their daily catch!

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Back in our neighborhood on Alligator Creek, our visitors saw an Alligator sunning itself. Alligators are cold-blooded and don't move well in cool weather. We estimated this one at six feet. Alligators are a very old species - on earth at the same time as dinosaurs!

We had a such a wonderful two days with our friends!! Thanks for visiting Kathi & Scott!!



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