Monday, March 10, 2014

Southwest Florida Revisited

semi-deserted island beach

conch shell wall made by the Calusa, Florida's First People

delicious crab cakes

a pair of dolphin off of Marco Island
 
Marco Island  Wednesday farmers' market

sunset on Marco island

docks on Goodland island

pelican off of Caxambas Park

view through the canopy at the edge of the Everglades


It has been a while, hasn't it? My excuse is that I totally immersed myself in travels and that I only returned home last Friday.  Revisiting SW Florida was the right travel choice for me to have made, and I already have a firm commitment to return there next year. With all of the places I want to revisit or explore for the first time, I really had to reflect before making a final decision.  After all, in 2014 I made five mini trips (less than two weeks each) and enjoyed them all. Why commit to almost two full months in one place?

Those of you who have read this blog before know that I have certain travel preferences. I prefer to spend a longer time in a place and get to know it, not say "If it's Tuesday, this must be....". A large body of nearby water is another key element for me.  A third factor is the degree to which you can walk, bike, or use public transportation to explore the place.  Another is the presence of  cafes or taverns where you can spent unrushed time soaking in the local atmosphere without being gouged by the prices.  A final factor is access to both the history and the natural beauty of a place.

I really lucked out when I ended up staying for a month in the Old Marco part of Marco Island, Florida (away from the high rise condos on the other part of the island).  This part of the island met all of my criteria and I will return there next year.  The photos in this blog post are representative of my month's stay, I'll make more specific posts for different aspects of the visit as time goes on and I am more able to organized my photos and thoughts (will refer to the journal that I kept).   At this point I'll just say that I found an unhurried place of natural beauty with many friendly, laid-back people...both visitors and long-term residents.  I also found what  will also be an excellent long-term base to further explore other parts of SW Florida and the Keys.

To those of you who follow this blog regualrly, thank you for your patience.  I'm glad that you took time to revist the Tavern and will return later. To all who read this, may your own travels be interesting and enjoyable. Please feel free to stop by again.

Kerry


6 comments:

Ken said...

I always enjoyed SW Florida but never made it to Marco. You picked the best time. I remember taking an airboat ride down that way...lots of birds and alligators.

I might have mentioned this before --you might like it... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/248623.Killing_Mister_Watson

Kerry Bryne said...

I did, and pland to go back next year. Found a place to rent on Old Marco, away from the pricey high-rises. Saw lots of birds (pelicans galore) , dolphins, but didn't seek out gators.

Went to Marco Island Historical Museum and bought Killing Mr. Watson. Am part way through. His photo was in a collection of Justin Dimrock'son exhibit at the time I visited..collection inspired me to take some b&w photos.

Marco Island is definitely worth exploring if you have a chance.

Kerry Bryne said...

I did, and pland to go back next year. Found a place to rent on Old Marco, away from the pricey high-rises. Saw lots of birds (pelicans galore) , dolphins, but didn't seek out gators.

Went to Marco Island Historical Museum and bought Killing Mr. Watson. Am part way through. His photo was in a collection of Justin Dimrock'son exhibit at the time I visited..collection inspired me to take some b&w photos.

Marco Island is definitely worth exploring if you have a chance.

Florence Ugorji said...

i will love to join you in your adventure.

Michelle said...

Hi Kerry

I've been dreadfully lax in blog hopping the last few years. Got sick, got better, wrote a book, advertised it on Facebook and got sucked into the Facebook miasma. As of this month - left Facebook! lol

Hope you're keeping well. The crab cakes look marvelous, but I first thought the beans were jelly beans, which was disconcerting!

Kerry Bryne said...

Hi Michelle-

It has been a very long time. It is good to read from you. I'm glad that you've gotten better. Will have to look for your newer book, I enjoyed the first! I've been lax at blogging. At one time I maintained 4 photo blogs;now I post mostly on Flickr. Your message has made me think about reopening the Tavern blog. Thank you.

Best wishes.

Kerry