It took nearly an hour to drive 27 miles over to Sanibel, due to the ever-present stream of traffic. It is a beautiful island, but a very busy one. We took the Wilderness Drive route through the refuge, stopping occasionally for photos. So did thousands of other nature-lovers in trams, bikes and cars. It reminded me of a major mall in December. We saw a few birds (pelicans, willets, and osprey) and one gator. We also walked the Calusa Shell Mound Trail and checked out the Visitors' Center.
|Like us, these white pelicans spend the warm months on the Upper Mississippi and winter in Florida.|
The water all around Fort Myers, Sanibel, etc. is very brown due to the heavy rains necessitating huge releases from Lake Okeechobee. Locals are up in arms- this is not good for wildlife or tourism.
|I can't distinguish between male and female osprey- one caught a fish and after eating part of it, took it to the mate waiting in the nest. I would guess there were eggs in the nest, since we didn't hear any baby chirps.|
After leaving Sanibel we visited Total Wine (my new favorite store), West Marine (Mark's favorite store), Harbor Freight and Publix. As they say, we "made a day of it."