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2006 - June and July - Little Loop - Log A
Log - Dee Light – Little Loop – 2006
 
 .. the ‘Little Loop’ that we are planning to do in the next few weeks will take us from Fort Myers South to Marathon Florida and then up the East Coast of Florida to the Stewart area where we will take the Inland Waterway System back to Fort Myers .. with this Log you can travel along with us ..
 
Starting at Week of June 11th 2006
 
.. our week started with the Tropical Storm ALBERTO heading up the Gulf with the forecast that ALBERTO would become a Hurricane before making landfall someplace North of Tampa .. ALBERTO did provide us in the Fort Myers area with some much need rain and also served as a ‘wakeup' call to all Floridians that the 2006 Hurricane Season has started ..
.. as ALBERTO passed across the State on Tuesday she did dump so much water on the Northern part of Florida that the American Red Crosse set up Damage Easement Centers to aid the Storm Victims .. Betty is a Red Crosse Volunteer and she got a number of calls from the Red Crosse to help out but ended up not being needed at this time .. so on Tuesday Betty drove to Stuart Florida to spend a night with her son Danny and his family ..
.. when Hurricane WILMA made is way across Florida Dee Light took a direct hit causing much damage .. we have spent a lot of time the last number of Months making WILMA repairs to Dee Light .. on Wednesday Marv completed the last of the repairs to Dee Light with the installation of our reconditioned Life Raft ..
.. Wednesday afternoon when Betty returned to Dee Light she had her Granddaughter Danielle with her as Danielle will be joining us for part of our Little Loop trip .. Wednesday night we all ended up at Daddy Dee’s Ice Cream Parlor for one last visit before heading out ..
 
Tropical Storm ALBERTO
 
Our Waters after ALBERTO
 
Our Skies after ALBERTO
 
 
Betty and Danielle arrive
 
Daddy Dee's Ice Cream Parlor
 
Yummmm !!
 
.. Thursday was a day to get all the ‘odds and ends’ done before we head out on Friday .. but there was time to enjoy the Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup at the Morgan House in downtown Fort Myers and since it was Thursday we also had our Boaters Potluck ..  every Thursday evening the Boaters that are at the Legacy Harbour Marina get together for a Pitch In / Potluck .. and again this week we had a great time sharing stories over some of Southwest Florida’s finest foods .. Dave and Betty ( SONG OF THE SOUTH ) shared much of their diving in the Keys expertise with us ..
 
Heading to the Farmers Market
 
Danielle picked out the flowers
 
Betty and Danielle at the Pitch In
 
.. on Friday we headed down the Caloosahatchee River .. the departure date for our trip has been geared around the construction work on the Sanibel Causeway .. it has been under construction for the last two years and the last few weeks it has been closed to any boating traffic on Mondays thru Thursdays but today we were able to pass under the Bridge without any problems .. our first stop was at he Ballard Oil Company to fill our Fuel Tanks .. once we had the tanks full we boated back to the Moss Marine of Fort Myers Beach for the night (( 01:30 pm )) .. in short order Betty and Danielle were off to the Beach ..
 
Sanibel Causeway
 
Shrimp Boats - Fort Myers Beach
 
Shrimp Boats - Fort Myers Beach
 
 
Dee Light at Ballard Oil Company
 
Betty and Danielle were off to the Beach
 
Betty and Danielle - Fort Myers Beach
 
.. when we were at the Beach we met up with the Crew from SITTING DUCK .. Bernie and Barbara and their guests Bob and Cindy .. they later joined us for a drink on Dee Light and dinner at the Matanzas Inn ..
 
Bernie and Barbara .. Bob and Cindy
 
Barbara and Autumn
 
Danielle at Matanzas Inn
 

 

 

.. on Saturday morning we headed out the Matanzas Pass into the Gulf .. just outside the Pass we were entertained by a flying Dolphin .. the Dolphin came out of the and went 25 feet into the air about 12 times .. we had a great trip to Gordon Pass ( the entrance to Naples ) as the winds were from the East thus our route to Naples was very well protected .. on our way up the Gordon Pass we drooled at the massive homes that line the Waterway .. the Naples Yacht Club is doing its Summer projects at this time .. this Summer their entire Seawall is being replaced .. I cannot believe that there is not a WI-FI Signal at all in this area ..  we launched the Dinghy and explored the Tin City area of Naples .. our first was the Ice Cream Parlor .. after Betty had a Margarita at the City Dock we looked at the Skies and headed back to Dee Light .. right after we had the Dinghy docked we got dumped on .. we got just over 3 inches of rain in 30 minutes and the winds were clocked at 28 knots .. our entertainment was watching all the boats coming in off the Gulf that got cough in the Storm .. Dee Light is now ‘salt free’ .. due to the weather we decided to have dinner at the Naples Yacht Club .. just 887 feet down the Dock ..
 
In route to Naples
 
Tin City Ice Cream Parlor
 
Danielle and Betty
 

 

 

 
Snails outside Naples Yacht Club
 
Dinner at the Naples Yacht Club
 
Autumn's ready for Dinghy Trip
 
Week of June 18th 2006
 
.. Sunday ( Fathers Day ) morning we took the Dinghy down the Gordon Pass and then to the section of ICW that goes to Marco Island .. on our way to Marco we took an unmarked Waterway past Little Marco Island where there were many Sunday Boaters beached on the Gulf side of the Waterway .. once we made it to Marco we explored the Waterways and drooled our way past many Condos and Waterfront Mansions .. our first stop was at the Marco River Marina .. after a little shopping we headed up the Island River to Goodland where we had lunch with the Flies at Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant .. when we were there Stan stopped by for a drink at the Bar .. on our way back when we were in a NO WAKE area we put everything that could get damaged if it got wet into a watertight bag .. within 10 minutes we got dumped on .. the rain never stopped .. when we made it back to Dee Light all four of us were SOAKED but we had a great Fathers Day outing .. ..
 
Home on Gordon Pass - Naples
 
Home on Gordon Pass - Naples
 
Little Marco Island
 

 

 

 
Little Marco Island
 
Marco River Marina
 
Marco Condos
 
 
Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant
 
Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant
 
Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant
 
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