BLOG 24: NINJAS, DOLPHINS, HOCKEY, AND MORE

It’s been a fun October here on the Island. The weather has been marvelous, and it has been great catching up with our friends.

Morning Jog

Big 25th!
We spent a quiet 25th wedding anniversary on the Island. Here is a shot of us that I took with a timer. Of course, Mitzy didn’t miss the opportunity to get in a pic with Jan while I was adjusting the camera. Janny’s Mom, Nancy took us out for a great meal at Reds. Twenty-five more years to go and then I’m going to re-negotiate my contract :’>>>.

25th Anniv Pic Janny _ Mitzy

Hockey
Janny’s nephew, Keifer, had an ice hockey game down at Germain Arena in Estero. Keifer’s grandmother, Auntie, drove him down and stayed with us for a week. The four of us plus Nancy drove down to watch Keifer (K-Man) play. As an aside, Keifer has won national honors for his play as a goalie. His coach was nice enough to let me hang with the team and shoot from their box.

Goalie Keifer Puck

Ninja Austie
I didn’t take this image, but I just had to include this shot of Grandson Austie, now enrolled in Ninja Karate. I wouldn’t want to mess with him, would you?

Ninja Austie

Low-Key Tiki Fire
An arsonist set fire to one of the favorite places on the Island. I shot this the next morning.

Low Key Tiki Fire

Janny Art
Here are a few shots of a work that Janny was commissioned to do. I’d bet there is nothing else on the planet that looks like this! Cool stuff. Check her out at www.janalexanderart.com.

Janny Art Janny Art 2
Janny Art 3 Janny Art 4

Play the Ace
Mitzy has now teamed up with Janny in an attempt to squash my card playing prowess—they are doing a pretty good job of it here.

Play the Ace

Chicklet Island Outing
Auntie, Nancy, her neighbor, Mark, and his Yorky terrier, Baxter, joined our good friend Donna and us for a pontoon ride to the annual Pine Island Boat Club to Chicklet Island (actually it is a sandbar only visible at low tide). This is an annual event in which attendees eat, drink, chat, stroll, and pontificate. The outing ends, however, when the water rises up to your waist. At that time it is grab the cooler and head back to the boat.

Auntie _ Capt Crunch Bay View Boat Club Babe
Chicklet #2 Flower Child Wading Auntie
Having Fun Island Reflections Janny and Auntie
MH _ Sue Morning Stroll Mullets and More
Serious Ben Sitting Easy Triple Play

We have been to many of these outing over the years, but this was the best. A perfect blend of a really low tide that made it easy to investigate sea critters, all sorts of birds hanging around, dolphins and manatees within 30 feet of the beach, lots of Florida sunshine mitigated by a gentle breeze, and laid-back friends all enjoying a magnificent point in time. Most of this post’s pics are from this event.

Cloudy Sound Blue Crab Blue on Blue
Do Not Step Here Dolphin Fishing Dolphin
Grass Half a Flock Ibis
Low Tide Manatee Sand Critter
Whelk Egg Casing Chicklet Island

We’ve got lots of fun stuff planned, so come back and visit soon.

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