21.03.2017 - 21.03.2017
We moved our home/community research to Ft Myers on Monday morning. It was a great drive south over the bay on the Skyway Bridge! It's a manmade marvel and bucket list item! And with all the tolls--it was a little bit of "home" on the road. You can see it in the distance, off to the left.
And then the long climb.
We stopped in Sarasota for a walk and some lunch...and gather more information. Couldn't help but have a little fun in the restroom!
We will roll through Sarasota again on our way back to Tampa. For now, we are just driving neighborhoods, searching Realtor.com and Zillow, going to open houses, talking with realtors, talking to anyone we meet, enjoying outdoor cafes (Pancake makes us sit outside), and talking to each other. Hours and hours of talking to each other. And If that doesn't sound enchanting, then the bright sunshine, 77 degrees, with a gentle breeze certainly is enchanting.
Our afternoon wrap up in historic Ft Myers included a walk by the Edison Theater (because Edison had a large summer house here), and the Ford Garage Bar & Grill. This is the Women's bathroom.
We have found mixed reactions when we talk with people. Some, smile, nod and say Yeah-that's what I did! Sold everything and moved here. Heard a new one today: the realtor shared her story of coming to Ft Myers for vacation from Boston, and never going back. Well that's a little extreme!
We walked to breakfast, smelling something...Kelly thought it was hot car brakes, but then wondered, cremation? No, it wasn't that; there are 50 acres of mulch burning north of Ft Myers and the smoke is in the air. It's dry season.
We spent the entire day looking over Cape Coral--beautiful, but not sure that the largest land mass city in Florida is the one for us. We're heading up the river Caloosahatchee tomorrow! (because we can spell it.)