Departed Naples this morning after a brief tiff with the management of the Quality Inn and Suites Golf Resort about not cleaning our room yesterday while out. All sorted, we should be receiving 8,000 extra reward points for the inconvenience so they will come in handy for a free rewards night later on this trip.
Made a quick stop at Port Charlotte, that’s about 30 miles north of Fort Myers for sustenance at the local Publix supermarket. Decided to purchase a lunch consisting of a Boars Head super sub, actually an “Ultimate” as it’s named, anyway a very big and thick sort of baguette, full of meats and salad stuff, which is then cut in half. Easily enough for two oldish gents to consume with a cold drink or two but not that easy to keep the shirt front clean.
Happened across Jelks Preserve on River Road on the way to the I75 and Sarasota. A welcome stop and spot for a walk on the wild side after lunch with lovely un-spoilt Floridian landscape, lush foliage and all manner of creatures going about their daily lives.
Now at Sarasota a city south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast that was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it hosts a number of cultural institutes, notably the Ringling Museum of Art, which showcases old masters and modern art. It’s also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach.