We’ve been saying since we arrived here that we’d go down to the causeway beach one evening to watch the sunset. So that’s exactly what we did…finally.
We decided to get there right after lunch, spend some time soaking up the rays, have dinner on the beach and enjoy the close of day with Old Sol. We couldn’t have picked a better day, clear blue skies, sunshine and a warm gentle breeze. While Don packed our chairs, grill and drink cooler, I was inside packing up some essentials.
Seems like everyone else had the same idea. Parking was at a premium and the picnic tables were all taken. No mind. Don backed the truck in down to the shoreline. After all, it was only 1:30 and the sun wasn’t expected to set until 7:35, if no table became available Don figured he’d just set up the grill on the tail of the truck. We basked in the sun’s warmth while Tucker took refuge in the shade cast by a few nearby palms.
Eventually the crowd started thinning out. A lot of Spring Breakers heading back to their hotel rooms in order to rinse off the sand prior to going out to a local beach joint for dinner. We scored a table! Don heated up the grill while I laid out the tablecloth, plates and silverware. Don cooked the bratz directly on the grill top then finished them off in a heated beer bath. He warmed up some Bush’s baked beans beside them. I did my part by opening up a bag of Ruffles. An easy, simple feast for three as we watched the sun sink slowly into the water beyond Sanibel’s coast.
A relaxing day indeed.
We make plans with Brenda and Bogie to meet up with them at a popular Pine Island dive, Bert’s Bar and Grill in Matlacha. Brenda calls to say her brother Randy is down from Indiana and he will be joining us. And, it’s his birthday. Great we say, we know Randy well. He also worked with us at the Allison PDC. Brenda says she’d like to invite their friends Mardy and Carla Wilson too. The more the merrier we say.
We agree to meet at noon for lunch and drinks. Noon is when the entertainment begins at Bert’s. There’s always a steel drum band playing on the waterside deck. Since Bert’s doesn’t except reservations, Don & I arrive early to secure us a table with ample seating near the band. Mardy and Carla arrive at the same time we do and although we’ve never met, Brenda has alerted us that they are there already so we can look for them. They’re easy to find and we introduce ourselves. The conversation flows effortlessly. A super nice couple and interesting to boot. They have been friends of the Bogies for many years. Mardy and Brenda have known each other since grade school.
Randy, Brenda and Bogie arrive soon after. Lots of hugs, handshakes and birthday greetings making the rounds. Calypso Magic is a one man steel drum band, he’s very good and engages his audience well. We enjoyed his banter with other patrons as well as with us. He even played a request for Randy’s birthday, an old Elvis hit “It’s Now or Never.” I think Randy requested Elvis just so he could stay in his sister’s good graces. You see Brenda doesn’t believe Elvis is no longer with us, she says he lives on in her heart. Poor Bogie, what that man has to put up with.
Everyone agreed, they liked the vibe of the joint, the food, the location and the music. Don and I scored again.
We are huge fans of baseball. We are bigger fans of the Detroit Tigers but alas, we’re nowhere near Lakeland nor Joe Marchant Stadium so we have to do the next best thing. We go to Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers to watch the Boston Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins. Another beautiful day to boot. Clear skies, temperatures in the high 70’s and a cooling breeze blowing.
Even though our team isn’t here for us to cheer on, we do cheer for individual players. We have favorites on most of the AL and NL teams. People around us are consistently asking us which team we’re rooting for. Our answer is neither …and both.
For the Bo Sox we cheer for Victorino, Pedroia, Napoli and of course the Big Papi himself, Ortiz.
For the Twins there’s Joe Mauer and………..Joe Mauer. Too bad they traded Morneau. Don wants to check out their new shortstop also.
I don’t think there’s a bad seat in the stadium. Today were in the lower level section 101 behind the visiting teams dugout. This is our first time here and knowing that the county has just completed a $48.5 million renovation to the complex we decide to explore during the 7th inning stretch. It’s a beautiful facility. We particularly like the seats they call Drink Rail seating. Next year when we visit, we’ll request that section.
Boston did win the game with the final score being 4-3. Didn’t matter to us either way, we came for a good ballgame, it was, and for the pleasure our favorite sport gives to us.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………