Hartian Family Vacation Day 6

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We didn’t actually sleep in this morning, though we kind of lazed around.  Mom cooked a wonderful breakfast that consisted of eggs and donuts, which we ate as a great start to the day. Then we cleaned up, and slowly started getting ready to go to Sanibel Island. Then we looked at the time and hurried to get ready. It was around 10:00 am when we left. This side of Florida is beautiful. You can capture stunning photos almost anywhere. So with that announcement made, I tell you that the view from the bridge was marvelous. Since the ride there was longer, I read my Bible. A part that really stuck out to me from what I read today was Philippians 4:11-13. The idea that through Christ comes contentment is amazing.

The route we took was very scenic, though, and there was a good amount to see. We saw dolphins on one side of the bridge, and, thinking we saw something from the other side, we stopped at a small beach by the side of the road, got out of the car, and went to look at the water. The water on that side was too shallow for dolphins to get through, so we trooped back to the car, and drove to the information center. After getting some info, we drove to the J “Ding” Darling Wildlife Center and went into the info building to look around. Dad wanted info on the driving tour, which is what we did. We ended up staying there for longer than we expected, because it was cooler than we expected. There was a bunch of info on J “Ding” Darling (the guy who founded the wildlife preserve), alligators and crocodiles, and manatees. We ended up spending half an hour there before we actually started the driving tour. It was one of those things that you drive for a little bit, then get out to look. It took us an hour and a half to complete.  It was a very beautiful drive, and we saw a lot of birds and fish. The J “Ding” Darling Wildlife Preserve takes up about a third of the island, and the other amount of the island is condos, homes, the beach and restaurants and shops. For lunch we bought sandwiches from a general store and ate them in the car on the way to the beach. Sanibel is great for shelling. We found several full fighting conch shells, and many other really good ones. We also played in the waves (the water was really shallow) and splashed around. It was a lot of fun. When we finally had to leave, we all had to rinse off because there was sand everywhere due to the nature of the ocean. We drove right to another beach to watch the sunset with some friends. It was an amazing sunset. We ate dinner with our friends at a place called Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger. I got – guess what? – a cheeseburger.:-) The cheeseburger was delicious. It was a nice little place. We parted ways afterwards, our friends going back to their condo and us going to a Love Boat ice cream on Sanibel. Me and Mom opted to get smaller cones this time; we did, but every one else got the big ones. The ice-cream served at Love Boat is probably the best I’ve ever had. Then we went to a store to grab somethings we had forgotten, then went back to our condos, read our Bibles, and went to bed. 🙂

This was the view from the bridge. The pictures don't do it justice because we were moving and the bridge is in the way!
This was the view from the bridge. The pictures don’t do it justice because we were moving and the bridge is in the way!
This was when we stoped to look for dolphins
This was when we stoped to look for dolphins.
We saw this sign at the visitors center. My reaction:😑😂
We saw this sign at the visitors center. My reaction:😑😂
This was part of the inside of the wildlife center
This was part of the inside of the wildlife center.

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We visited the souvenir shop in side the wildlife center. We didn't get anything but I though these were cute.
We visited the souvenir shop in side the wildlife center. We didn’t get anything, but I thought these were cute.
I though the box was really pretty
I thought the box was really pretty.
This was cool. By the doors to the restrooms it was painted to look like you were underwater.
This was cool. By the doors to the restrooms it was painted to look like you were underwater.
The Wildlife place was beautiful!
The Wildlife place was beautiful!
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This was a jumping fish we saw. Dad caught it in the middle of the jump.

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Family pic on the beach!
Family pic!

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We saw lots of fish.
We saw lots of fish.

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I thought this was interesting. I found this at the general store
I thought this was interesting. I found this at the general store.

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Dad, me, snd Mom at the beach.
Dad, me, and Mom at the beach.
The sunset was spectacular
The sunset was spectacular!
We were unable to get Ricky and his friend to stand still to get a picture if them....😂
We were unable to get Ricky and his friend to stand still to get a picture if them….😂
Second try!
Second try!
Family sunset picture.
Family sunset picture.

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Where we ate.
Where we ate.

 

My dinner.
My dinner.
Us at dinner.
Us at dinner.
My ice cream cone.
My ice cream cone.
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Ricky enjoyed his. 🙂
We brought our ice-cream outside, where there were a bunch of parrots.(well they weren't all parrots and I actually think this one isn't ether.)
We brought our ice-cream outside, where there were a bunch of parrots.
This was inside Love Boat Ice cream.
This was inside Love Boat Ice cream.

 

 

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