This morning we were at Betty & Garth's for 10:30 a.m. and Garth drove us to the Sanibel and Captiva Islands. We drove to the far end of Captiva but there's really too much traffic and it's so built up you can't see much. It's also difficult to find a place to park. We stopped at one place and walked to the marina and the beach but didn't stay long as we were parked in a restaurant parking lot and shouldn't have been there.
We stopped at Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille for lunch. It is owned by Randy Wayne White who is a local author.
After lunch we went to the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve and spent a couple of hours there mostly driving the road through the preserve but also stopping to see birds. I saw my first night heron up close as you can see above.
On our way back to Fort Myers we stopped at a hotel where Betty and Garth stayed fifteen years ago and I took their photo on the bridge that goes from the hotel to the beach.
We didn't get home till around 6:00 p.m. so it was a long day!