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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pine Island and Boca Grande

On Tuesday, we had an invitation to spend the afternoon and then have grilled burgers with Wayne and Nancy Milne, who have a home in Port Charlotte,FL, near Ft Myers.  They offered to show us Boca Grande, another island community near where they live.

Before going to the Milne’s, we spent the morning touring Pine Island, where our KOA campground was located.  On the road to Pine Island, there is a small artist community named Matlacha, which has many brightly colored little shops.  Here are some pictures…..

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While walking down the street, Patsy spotted an Osprey on top of a telephone pole with a fresh fish.  Here’s a couple of pictures…….

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Here are a few pictures to give a flavor of Pine Island…….

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We arrived at Nancy and Wayne’s house at about 1:30PM, and got a tour of the house that Wayne has been updating to be their “Florida Home”.  They already have one in Palm Springs, CA and New York State.

We then left to go to Boca Grande, FL.  We spent some time walking around the town, and I took a few pictures:

A garden area…..

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A mural that had just been finished……

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The group in a bakery…….

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Somebody had Obama’s ‘HOPE’ picture on this cart……

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An old hotel on the island…….

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The group walking down the street…….

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Nancy and Patsy admiring a pink gas pump!1…….

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Another mural that blends with real vegetation…..

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The lighthouse on the island………

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Osprey’s hanging out…….

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A marina sign with a spelling problem….

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After the island tour, we headed back to the Milne’s and had some very good burgers preceded by a great cheese dip dish….. and Patsy got the recipe.

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