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. 🙂
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