Southwest Florida’s Pine Island

Southwest Florida in January can be absolutely spectacular, which is what we experienced on our 2015 engagement in Cape Coral.  Had a beautiful day, characterized by abundant wildlife, calm azure waters, and an unexpected save by an “angel” named Steve…

Pine Island Brown Pelicans on a My Home biz excursion
Pine Island Brown Pelicans
Pine Island White Pelicans on a My Home Biz excursion
White Pelicans at Pine Island

Pine Island Bocilla Pier on a My Home Biz in home dog boarding excursion
Pine Island’s Bocilla Pier

We were heading to an archeological site on the island and found the narrow, winding road blocked by an oversized load trying to maneuver around the tight turns. Trust GPS showed us a workaround, which turned out to be a “local” road. We saw a couple of vehicles coming from the other direction, and set out with our little Honda Accord.

By “local road” I mean…SAND! There are apparently few beaches on Pine Island, but, plenty of sand! It was firm enough as we started out, and then, well, you could tell by the deep tracks of someone previous it was getting a little soft. We were SO CLOSE to getting back to terra firma and, it happened, the whrrr whrrr whrrr of a tire digging itself a deeper hole.

Having left our snow shovel back in Colorado (who would have thought?) we started to try and dig with branches, but it was clear the sand was too deep to get traction and we were in too far. At a loss, we were hoping to find a homeowner on the stretch, perhaps with a shovel, but, fortunately, a pickup truck showed up trying to avoid the roadblock we had tried to work around. This good Samaritan figured out a way to hook us up by the tail end (with a nylon tether, no less!) and, somehow, the stitched tether held and we were freed! Talk about an “angel,” he wouldn’t accept anything but a hug, and a suggestion that we pay it forward!

We did make our destination, the Randell Research Center which is studying the Calusa tribe which inhabited the area through a large part of the modern era.

Randall Research Center at Pine Island hosts two osprey nests
Osprey at Pine Island
…and gratefully ended up at an iconic local tavern, Bert’s Bar, for some waterfront ambiance and a fish fry (never had sway, pronounced “swy” but a nice, sweet, light flaky fish great for batter frying!)
Bert's Bar waterfront at Matlacha
A taste of “old” Florida at Bert’s Bar

A day full of adventure…very happy to get back to our little “wards” in Cape Coral!

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