Cruisin’ IX

Tampa.  We arrived back in port the following morning under the moon’s Full Monty of the city.  The photo ops were abundant.

[This is the room where we started a week ago.]

[Hooked up and ready to go.]

[Hared took care of us – we forgot him.  The supervisor thought I left the tip, I thought she did.  Oy!  She tried unsuccessfully to locate him in the gargantuan that is the cruise world.]

[It was time for grandma to say good-bye to the boy.  We’ll see him again next month in Indiana for his high school graduation.]

[ . . . the right shirt for every occasion!  😉  ]

[Off the ship, and adios to the whole famn damily.  They had a long trip ahead to get back for school and work.]

So, as we bid adieu to the cruise, some final memories:

[Tom found his niche . . .]

[Gee, I guess he had fun?]

[So did Mom & Dad, who apparently participated from a distance.]

[OK, we all did!  🙂  ]

[Then The Biddies and I got a rental car – but not without the usual trip hassles, this time for Rita – and went in search of Ft. Myers, about 2 1/2 hours south of Tampa.  First photo op stop along the way was for the Sunshine Skyway.]

[Well, actually this was the first, and most important, stop along the way.  And the first photo op for Rita.]

[The Biddies join the party, disembarking from the much price negotiated Jetta.]

[Rita captures Mr. Excitement in full bloom.]

[Rita photo of parachute of surfing.]

[This was our first dining in Ft. Myers – as I recall, the Three Fishermen.]

[The views therefrom.]

[Fig tree roots . . .]

[. . . at the entrance to Thomas Edison’s winter estate on the Caloosahatchee River.]

[And Henry Ford also had a place on the Edison compound.  Apologies to Rita for cutting her in half.]

[The Biddies dial in their audio tour guides.]

[Edison’s house – I have to admit to not knowing of the existence of this place.  Pretty impressive, I would recommend a visit if you’re ever in Ft. Myers.]

[The Caloosahatchee at the end of the entry walk.]

[A rather impressive fig tree.]

[An Edison light bulb . . .]

[The estate was the first place in Ft. Myers to have electricity.]

[The view of the river from the house.]

[The walkway from Edison’s to Ford’s.]

[Edison’s]

[Ford’s]

[The Biddies window peep under the gaze of a tarpon!]

[Go stand by Henry.]

[Henry and me.  He was known to be quite the dancer as they had a great place for entertaining.]

[Edison’s on the left; Ford’s on the right.]

[Rita peeping in on the Fords.]

[Probably not the riverfront view in Edison’s time.]

[Mrs. Edison makes The Biddies a threesome!  🙂  ]

[Thomas Alva and me.  And a new hat for me, purchased at the museum (always willing to contribute to the arts!).]

[Befitting their status as guys who like to find out about stuff, they also had a botanical lab on site for research.]

[The Biddies were ready to take us to our Ft. Myers lodging.  Thanks again to Rita’s friend, Reva, for providing such.  On the morrow, we would be off to Sanibel Island and Captiva.]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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