I know you want a peek at the beach. :) But first, I wanted to show you a little of the new landscaping in progress on the spoil islands. I had made a slide show with those photos, but I'm having all kinds of difficulties getting things to work with my new computer. So after saying a few bad words and then giving up, I am just posting them below. :(
Going off island yesterday to do some grocery shopping was a real experience. The traffic was horrible. Some kind person finally gave us space to get onto Periwinkle Way. There were cars lined up to go off the island, as well as bumper to bumper traffic coming on island. Traffic in Ft Myers was bad too, but nothing like Sanibel, where there's only one way on and off.
I can tell you that there's still no where else I'd rather be. If you have to sit in traffic, at least you have beautiful scenery to look at. The new plantings along the roadsides are really very nice.
Trying to get down Periwinkle.
Finally turned onto Causeway Blvd.
Trees as you approach causeway.
Low tide on north side of spoil island.
Late this afternoon we braved the traffic and drove over to the beach. The island is very busy this week. There were hundreds of check-ins on the island the day after Christmas. The roads are gridlocked several times a day, even with police directing traffic at the intersections. Multi-use paths are crowded with bicycles. The restaurants all have long waits at dinner time, and the other businesses seem to be quite busy as well. I noticed that about all of the parking spaces were full at the condos along West Gulf Drive.
Here are a few photos of some of the activity going on while we were waiting at the intersection of West Gulf Drive and Tarpon Bay Rd, facing west. As usual none of the pictures shows how crowded it really was, by the time I took one, half the people had already moved out of view. Yesterday I was thinking that riding my bike where I wanted to go would be an option. But, after seeing how congested the bike paths were today, I'm not sure that would help. Taking into consideration the amount of vehicles at intersections, I'm not sure it's too safe to be on a bicycle. I really think what you would need is a tank!
After driving back and forth past all seven of the resident access on WG Drive, we finally found one empty parking space at access 5.
It was a beautiful day, sunny and it got up to 74 degrees. I'm sure the visitors were really thrilled with the weather. The beach that is usually deserted in the summer was pretty crowded today. There were some shells at the high tide line, but not a lot coming in. I did find a small handfull to take home. I'm guessing that early this morning, there may have been some treasures in that high tide line. :-)
The beach art didn't seem to be up to Sanibel standards. :-)
Somebody tell me that they see a Driftwood fish in this picture. Please...
We saw the Sanibel Thriller passing by. It didn't look like a dolphin cruise so I'm assuming that they're returning from Boca Grande. Looked like they had a full load.
When we were looking for a parking spot at one of the resident accesses, there were quite a few cars among those parked, that didn't have a resident parking sticker. When we came back from the beach, the one car at this access that didn't have a sticker, was wearing a ticket. Their time on the beach will be an expensive one. I could see the police vehicle at the next access and he was busy writing tickets there.