Hartian Family Vacation Day 5

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This morning we slept in till about 8:40, got up, I read my Bible, we ate a nice breakfast that mom cooked of eggs and bacon, looked at the time, then scrambled to get ready. We wanted to go to Lovers Key, and since it has a really nice beach and is great for shelling, it takes a good long while to get down there due to traffic. We did eventually make it there, though. The view from the bridge was incredible, and it was filled with boats. You actually have to go across two bridges to get there, because you go across Fort Meyers Beach (side note: We decided that  Fort Meyers was more of a party area, and though there are a lot of shops, there were plenty of ones that sold not so great things) to get there.  While we were there, we checked out a local library. I wish that we could go to that library again! It was beautiful, peaceful, had nice lighting, and was quiet.  The library I have back home isn’t like that as much. I enjoyed that stop quite a bit and would have stayed there for longer, but we needed to finish our commute to the beach. Since the drive was so long, we decided to listen to something. Mom and Dad put the Pineapple guy on, and we listened to his sermons till we got to the beach. The Pineapple guy’s real name is Otto Koning. He was a missionary to Irian Jaya, and the things he learned, saw, and did were INCREDIBLE. God really gifted him with being able to speak so that everyone is able to understand and enjoy it. We listen to him a lot and still learn something new each time. He’s called the Pineapple guy because of the first message he gives, The Pineapple Story. To hear some of his sermons click here. It will take you to youtube and a bunch of videos of his messages.  We sunscreened up in the car, then again when we got out. We rode a tram to the beach, then ate lunch from a concessions stand called Hurricane Charlies. It was just ok. I would recommend bringing your own lunch if you go. Then, we headed to the water. Well, first we traveled along the beach picking shells up and going away from people. We got to a nice stretch of sand, set our stuff down, then ran to the water. It was actually pretty cold, and took me a while to get used to, but when I did, it was awesome. We rode the waves to the beach, swam around, and generally had a lot of fun. After a good long while of this, Mom, Ricky, and I went waaaaaaaay down to the end of the beach to find more unique shells. We found a lot of unique ones that were complete. Mom found a fighting conch (Strombus alatus) that was completely full (at least thats what I think it was). When we came back, we had a full bucket of shells that were beautiful, colorful, and unique. Ricky really wanted to make a sand castle, so we started making a fortress. Pretty much everyone left me before it was over (mom did come back), but we ended up with a really cool fortress-type thing. The funny part about building it was that the tide kept coming up and washing out the underneath of the gate, so we had to keep refilling the sand in that area. Brynn and Elie decided to play with the snorkeling gear instead of building the castle with us. We left around 4:15, then came back to our condo, watched the sunset, ate pizza and veggies for dinner, read our Bibles and went to bed. 🙂

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Brynn enjoyed the library as well
Brynn enjoyed the library, as well.
The library had a few cases with older dolls on it. I came across these American Girl mini dolls. I'm not totally sure, but I think they are Pleasant Company.
The library had a few cases with older dolls in it. I came across these American Girl mini dolls. I’m not totally sure, but I think they are from Pleasant Company.
Sorry for the poor image quality. There were also these doll ornaments.
Sorry for the poor image quality. There were also these doll ornaments.

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I totally wish all libraries had a section like this. It's a great idea.
I totally wish all libraries had a section like this. It’s a great idea.
This is the Library's first floor
This is the Library’s first floor
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The library had these cute little niches. They were very peaceful.
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This is the Library’s outside
Part of the Library
Part of the Library
Ricky enjoyed the beach!
Ricky enjoyed the beach!
Sandcastle building!
Sandcastle building!
Dad took some really neat photos of the water.
Dad took some really neat photos of the water.

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This was Hurricane Charlies.
This was Hurricane Charlies.

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At one of the co-ops my siblings go to, H.E.A.R.T., they are putting on the play Not your average Joe and one of my friends plays a character named The Great Kahuna.
At one of the co-ops my siblings go to, H.E.A.R.T., they are putting on the play, Not Your Average Joe. One of my friends plays a character named The Great Kahuna.
This is a view from the bridge.
This is a view from the bridge.
We happened upon this neat truck at a gas station.
We happened upon this neat truck at a gas station.

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