We took a quick detour from Gulfport by car to Cape Coral. We were heading to Looperpalooza in Ft. Myers and my mom and Jim rent a condo each year in Cape Coral. So we packed up the car and drove down to stay with them and run back and forth to the conference. It is absurd how full our car was for 5 quick days (school work, swim bag, snorkel gear had to come, luggage, etc). We’ve been coming here for as long as they’ve been renting and the girls know their way around. They were in the pool as quickly as they could get changed!
The next morning we all headed to the conference in Ft. Myers. Ben was speaking on marine electronics and the four of us did a quick presentation on the story of our Loop. As usual, people had quite a few questions for the girls! We love having them involved and getting comfortable with speaking to adults (and a room full of them at that!). After the presentations it was great to walk around the marina and catch up with so many people we hadn’t seen in awhile. We ran the girls back to stay with my mom and drove back to enjoy dinner and the evening with fellow Loopers.
After the conference wrapped up my mom and Jim kept the girls and Ben and I headed to Captiva Island for the weekend. It was great to get away and have a little adult time as we are used to being with the kids 24/7. The weather didn’t cooperate too well however! It was cold, damp and blustery! But in between rain we were able to dart in and out of the car and walk around a bit. We even managed to get a couple of quick walks from our hotel in.
What we couldn’t do outside we made up for with meals. We had a number of good meals, some more interesting than others! We went to this place called The Bubble Room. Unique was one way to describe it. But it had great food, fun drinks and amazing desserts!
On a rainy Sunday we checked out the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. What a great find. We ducked into the visitor’s center and learned so much. Immediately I knew I wanted to bring the girls there when we moved the boat down to Ft. Myers. We sat through a talk with one of the volunteers and learned about the animals living in the estuary. We took the driving tour around the grounds and again decided we wanted to come back….when it was sunny! We darted through a quick path down to the water to look at the mangroves. And we climbed up to one of the lookouts. I can imagine how pretty it must be when not raining. So we look forward to taking the girls and learning new things all over again.
A big thank you to my mom and Jim for keeping the girls so we could have a couple of days away. We picked the girls up Monday around lunchtime and headed north to Gulfport. Ben’s parents were our next guests arriving that afternoon!