We need provisions and will be stopping at Ft Myers to pick up groceries, receive deliveries from various vendors and see the sights. We actually have never been to Ft Myers, either by car or boat. Considering we spent many March breaks vacationing in Florida while Aiden was small, we’ve seen so much.
Pickleball, pickleball, pickleball. We found a park with 12 courts and great players. Brook’s Park is the place to be if you are interested in learning, brushing up your skills, or having great matches. Every caliber of player can be found on the courts from about 7:30 AM till after dark. Well maintained, dedicated courts as well.
Downtown Ft. Myers has an old town feel with shops, restaurants, grills, bars. There is a trolley that will take you where you want to go. Uber is a 5 minute wait for anywhere you need to be. The downtown area is beautiful at night with all the lights and warm atmosphere.
Legacy marina is a well kept marina but can be a long dock walk to land depending on where you are. We definitely made our steps count while here. The marina has everything except fuel which is available at the City Harbour. Wifi is very good too. We sat on the front deck and watched a spectacular sunset then went to the back deck of the boat and watched a SpaceX launch all in the same evening.
Scott ordered and had our bridle shipped. Also the pesky mercathode fault is still there. Scott has been trouble shooting this for weeks. He has been studying up on the odd fault. He has come to the conclusion that Prestige put the anodes on as aluminum and zinc. They should all be the same so he thinks it may be the combination that is throwing this odd fault. So he ordered the aluminum anodes to be shipped to the marina. Of course once they came in he got the wetsuit on and proceeded to freeze his buns off while changing them all to aluminum. He did get so cold that after a couple hours he had to get out with only half the job done. The Calooshatchee River drains from the Everglades to the ocean. This area is brackish water, lots of tanins and really cold in February. This year is particularly cold. The Florida Power Plant is running warm water and feeding manatees lettuce so that the lose of manatees is hopefully not devastating as it has been. The beautiful creatures need warm and their only source of food is seagrass which is being destroyed or unable to grow. It has become devastating in the number of malnourished and dying manatees.
Scott also spent time picking up a salt water reel and casting rod for our trip south. He has a lot to learn about catching the elusive mahi mahi and other reef fish in season. I made screens for our windows to keep the noseeums away that are coming our way on the trek to Marathon this week. They aren’t pretty but working with what we have will be a temporary solution until we dock home in the summer. We end up staying a full week enjoying Ft. Myers and preparing for our month in the keys.