April 6th 2017
I woke up several times during the night as it was so hot. (We found later that there was a problem with the air conditioner.) I eventually opened the window and was greeted by this little friend. He was between the screen and the window, Well good morning little buddy! I'm not sure how he got in there, and I hoped he hadn't been sleeping with me sometime during the night, But he sure was cute.
Beside's beaches and a water park, Cape Coral is not traditionally a tourist town, but I did find a Rum Distally in the area with free tasting and a tour. Everyone agreed this would be FUN! Kelly's son had stayed up late to play video games so he was still sleeping. I called and made reservations for the 1pm tour.
The tour continued although I missed much of the details. Not because of the rum punch, but because there were so many people and it was hard to hear over the noise in the room. There were several machines running while we listened to the information.
On to the storage room. This area was much quieter and I was able to hear a bit more. I learned that the company name was founded as a result of a pair of dolphins that would arrive around the same time every afternoon at the tour guides Aunts home. She is the owner. The barrels are re-used and incidentally play an important part in the taste of the product. The number of years the liquids are stored in the barrels also play an important role. Like wines, aged rum apparently tastes different and COSTs much more.
We made a run to the local Game Stop for Kelly's son and decided to hit up the Dollar store while we were at it. We got some pool floaties, some other fun junk and some TP. (We had someone run out) What is it about $ stores that you always end us spending a ton of money on things you really have no need for...like GLOW STICKS!!! What did I really need glow sticks for?
More of the afternoon was spent enjoying the pool back at the house before we decided that having a meal would be a good idea. Kelly's son thought Sandy Hook was a good choice so soon we were all off the enjoy dinner in the area of Matlacha. Matlacha is one of the communities located on Pine Island.
Apparently there are dolphins among other creatures that are seen here. We didn't get so lucky on our visit. The evening hours didn't start until 4pm leaving us a few minutes to view the bay.
It was pretty good!
After dinner we headed back to the house. I would have loved to do a little exploring before we left. I bet this place has some NEAT! things to look and and enjoy.
That evening as we waited for Kelly's older son Joseph to arrive we had some house guests. Theresa and her son CJ came to join us for a little evening fun.