Sunday, July 23, 2017
After a day hanging at Brandon's Dad's house pool and the beach we decided to rent a pontoon boat and head out into the intercoastal. The intercoastal is a waterway that runs up the coast and includes lots of natural landscape and some rather impressive housing developments. This is manatee country - lots of signs as to how to avoid/address them but we did not see any. But there was a lot of other wildlife including several dolphins at various times including a pair that swam around and under our boat for a bit. Really neat trip. We stopped at a beach and had a swim and the girls enjoyed jumping off the back of the boat and swimming about on our own little beach. Really neat venture.
All the girls on the boat.
Emmerson and Ada enjoying the breeze.
And the three of us with the development along the intercoastal in the background.
Lots of signs indicating what to do in the areas where manatees might be present and the storks took advantage of the signs to create their nests.
Sign indicating manatee awareness and a big stork nest.
Emmerson with her tangle of hair - perhaps what happens when mom is not around for a few days ...
Emmerson in full squint.
Ada looking casual - enjoying the boat ride.
Some nice properties along the intercoastal.
Mini golf course along this property.
A few yachts.
After a while we beached the pantoon boat so the girls could go for a swim.
Emmerson is into doing flips but had never done one off the back of a boat so she was excited to do so.
One of the houses along the intercoastal was obviously into the wonderful world of McDonalds ....
After a long haul, we made it to Naples and were welcomed by the Hoovers and Brandon's dad and stepmom. We spent the next day hanging out whilst the girls played in their pool, literally all day and into the evening. The next day we spent a day at the beach which I will comment on with the relevant photos.
Girls in downtown Naples which is quite snazzy - which I am quite certain is no longer used as an appropriate descriptor.
Full on smiles in Naples.
Olga looking great of course Brandon and I looking questionable, except for his satchel which is fabulous..
Love it - two great friends in the ocean.
Back at the Naples house after a long day at the beach.
So this has been an ongoing situation. Emmerson has inherited my hair. Back in the day, I had long hair and as it was curly and I was who I am - I did not comb it. The longer it got the tanglier it got. Eventually I had full on dred locks - or just tangled locks of hair for those who do not think the term dred can be applied to this reality. Anyway - Emmerson's hair is quite tangly and she did not properly brush the underneath part so it evolved into a gigantic tangle. It was about a 4 inch long and inch wide tangle. Eventually - Alicia had her shampoo and condition and repeat several times and took her out in the back yard and got it untangled - with a lot of tears.
Emmerson in her full on squnit and it must have been super sunny because Ada is also in a squint.
We are all all about shade - thus the shade.
This is how I look now at the beach in Naples end of June 2017. I just like the tall cloud in the background and the beach. I love the beach - even though I have to wear a long sleave shirt and perpetual headgear which I took off before this pick to put on a different beach walk piece of head gear vs. my water head gear!
And this was quite the excitement. I don't like snakes for a variety of reasons involving some scary encounters with them. I would never simply kill one but I don't want to hold one and would always prefer to see them from a distance if I need to see them at all. I does not matter if they are dangerous or not - just want to keep my distance. So it just so happened that when we got back from the beach, the girls of course headed for the pool and after a bit a snake was noticed that had some how gotten into the screened in porch pool area. Not sure why/how I became the snake herder but I did - got a pool noodle and skooted the snake along the fence to the screen door so it could get outside. I know braver, none anti snake folk would have picked it up by the tail or however you pick up a snake but I am not that folk. After several anxious minutes of herding I did get the poor confused snake out the door and we could all take a sigh of relief and hit the pool again
The Hoover's summer plans took them to Tennessee and Florida after a few days with us and family in Chicago. The plan was for them to stay at our place on the way back as they were flying out of Ohare - which they did BUT BIG PROBLEM - my girls would be at summer camp during this final visit. All the girls were crushed when they realized this so I decided we would make a road trip to Naples, Florida where the Hoovers were staying with Brandon's dad so the girls could spend a few more days together and I could hang out with Brandon and Olga and enjoy Florida. Again, Alicia was finishing up work before starting her new job in Wheeling so she could not participate. I love road tripping and I think the girls have a bit of my genes in this area as they were great throughout the journey.
Before we left - Emmerson cooking up a "bunch of leftovers" breakfast.
Ada with her walrus popsicle sticks
On the way - early start so the girls slept for a bit - here they are mustering - most likely hungry. One of my favorite things about road tripping in eating whatever wherever. I know I stopped before the girls mustered and got a McD's coffee and hashbrown.
The geography geek in me - fascinated by stuff like this - will resist spewing forth
Watching the tour de France as I write this. It is definitely on of my favorite sporting events and an indulgences as I can watch all the stages.
First truck stop somewhere.
And dog walk somewhere.
Kentucky slick biker set up.
Girls in Kentucky.
Thumbs up for Tennessee.
Not quite sure what this was about but girls seemed to like it.
Ada doing what she does so well - showing Emmerson lots of love whether she likes it or not.
Emmerson showing her love for Ada by hefting her up in the air whether she likes it or not!
Another thing I enjoy about road tripping - never quite sure what one will find on the road. Very curious as to what live aquatic animals were in transport and why and where were they off to?
Emmerson with her cinnamon role in full force. This was at the hotel outside of Atlanta that we stayed at on the way south to FLA. I went across the street and got a fast food dinner compliments of KFC for a late night feeding.
Happy in bed at our stop over in Atlanta
Lego looking truck. I think this was actually hauling chickens.
Florida! But still a long haul to Naples.
Super little road trippers!