Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lighthouse Beach & Periwinkle Preserve

I'm home! 13 nights in three different beds will make your own feel like heaven. It is nice to be back in Boston but depressing to have work looming over my head and cold rainy weather happening outdoors. Since I knew we'd be arriving at Logan pretty late last night, I let my boss know in advance I wouldn't be returning to the office until November 10th. It is key to have a day after vacation to unpack, organize pictures, blog, and watch 7 days of General Hospital on the DVR!
Disney was a blast! A complete whirlwind, a little colder temperatures than expected, but a blast none the less. I hadn't been to Disney World since I was 16. (Ten years!) Just long enough where you realize it's time to return to one of the happiest places on earth. But until those recaps, moments on Sanibel Island I must share.....
A beach walk with Adam to the Sanibel Lighthouse. Since 1950, the U.S. Coast Guard property at the Lighthouse has actually been a wildlife refuge.

There is Fort Myers in view across the southernmost tip of Sanibel where San Carlos Bay meets The Gulf of Mexico.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands (Captiva is just north of Sanibel) are ranked among the tops in the world for shelling, so I was all about collecting treasures. The position of Sanibel Island physically acts like a shovel scooping up all the seashells from the Gulf!The infamous act of shelling here is known as the "Sanibel Stoop". (You see people hunched over along the shores looking for these precious gems.)
Check out my loot!
I think the bottom right shell looks like it has a palm tree sculpted into it.The sun at our backs, above. Walking into the sun, below.
Another fun activity to partake in while vacationing in Sanibel is bike riding! We ventured out one morning after mimosas and bagels by the pool. (Another little perk of this condo company!)We looped around Causeway Road and under the bridge.We ventured down Periwinkle Way as far as our hungover legs would peddle us in the hot sun. We stopped to hike a trail through the Periwinkle Nature Preserve.
I saw some neat looking plants and flowers.
The morning of our last day we took yet another walk on the beach. It was super windy and temperatures dropped significantly from the perfect 80 degrees and sunny experienced throughout the week. Exploring the beach never gets old, no matter the weather....
Treasures washed up on shore included a Grouper Fish and a neat looking crab shell. We frolicked among the trees and funky looking driftwood. As we walked home the sun came out and the temps rose eventually to the mid 70's. We spent our last afternoon swimming and sunning at the pool, as well as playing shuffleboard and tennis! (With drinks in hand.) I wish we never had to leave.....

14 comments:

MelissaNibbles said...

Your vacation looks like it was a total blast. I really want to go to Sanibel Island now!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Welcome home! I cannot get over how tan you are in the photos. JEALOUS!!!!!

Juliana said...

Daisy...great great pictures...enjoyed going through them...thanks!

Corinne said...

That leaf/flower with the red bottom is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS! And you my dear, that tan!!! Stunning!! Can't wait to see you Saturday... Thanks for keeping us all in the loop during your trip :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

this looks like a great vacation. Sunny days and a beach are far better than the cold winds and snow I have been experiencing at the home front

this free bird said...

Yay for Disney! And a tan! And 7 days of GH...it's gettin' kinda crazy!!

xo,
C
ps-welcome home :)

Alicia said...

Looks like a wonderful time -- I think my fav picture is the lady pouring the mimosas! Welcome back!!!

MT Days & Nights said...

those beaches are beautiful!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a fun trip! I loved looking at your pictures - now I'm so ready for another vacation :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I just love Sanibel!! My family went for a few years when I was a teen and most recently 3 years ago for a winter getaway. Looks like it's beautiful weather!

mr. pineapple man said...

GAHHHH Disney World!!!!! love it!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

My sister and her family go to Sanibel, and it looks amazing! I want to go with them next year!
Welcome home, hope to see you soon!

shari @ little blue deer said...

So happy you made it home safe! Sanibel has the best shells, I swear! You are looking fab, enjoy your tan, you'll be the only one in Boston! XX!

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

I am so seriously jealous of your vacation, looks like you're having a blast!