Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brother Bob and Naples, Florida

Wow, I have been so busy visiting my brother and sister-in-law that I haven't had time to update the blog. Let me start by saying that Florida is a beautiful state. After crossing Pensacola and heading down to Ocala, the scenery takes on a dramatic change. The pines are everywhere and the early morning air is crisp and most of all fresh.
Naples is booming this time of year with snowbirds. I chose an rv resort on line before coming based on its proximity to my brother's place. Club Naples RV Resort is packed like sardines. But the place is everything I had hoped for. The pool and club house are nice as are the sites. Cable is included in the price with the full hookup. A bit pricey this time of year, but what the heck. I'm on vacation.
My first 10 minutes at the resort brought out the best of rvers. The guy at the entrance led me with his golf cart to my site, helped me get backed in and out came the neighbors. Everyone was eager to find out who was pulling this trailer with Mexican plates. A few jokes were passed around about me and Mexico and then the serious talk about who I was and what I do. They were happy to know that I'm an English teacher.
After I was settled in I made a dash for my brothers house and off to dinner we went. All the snowbirds, tanned, in shorts and T-shirts all sitting outside the restaurant having cocktails. This is where we need to be. We are almost there!
We spent the night talking about old times, politics (of course) and all around b.s. which my brother Bob is especially good at. Sorry but we didn't take any pictures.
Yesterday was an adventure of a lifetime as Bob took me out to the Corkscrew Sanctuary where he volunteers two days a week. My brothers are birders and we are slowly getting on board. So it was also a great learning experience for me. More on that next.

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