01-15-10 Ft Myers Yacht Basin, Ft Myers, FL

[Rick] We departed Sanibel Marina and made our way to Ft Myers Yacht Basin, a journey of just 20 miles. We are still on the Intracoastal Waterway and beginning our journey on the Okeechobee waterway, our ticket to the East Coast of Florida. For this part of the trip, we are on the Caloosahatchee River which turns into the Okeechobee River/Canal.
As we motor along, we see a weather station, in the water, with a sign on it that says “Obstruction”. No joke. We also saw an island with a tiki hut, barbeque grills, a nice dock. However, the sign says “No Trespassing”. Also on this stretch of river, the houses are huge.

We arrive at the Ft Myers Yacht Basin and have a great place to dock. We are very close to the restrooms/showers/laundry. The personnel were very friendly.

It turns out that the City of Ft Myers today is dedicating its “New” downtown. For the past 5 years, they have been replacing all the understreet utilities and replacing the asphalt streets with BRICKS. Palm trees line the streets and all of the traffic signals were removed creating numerous four way stops ( one of my pet peeves). Tonight, there are about 8 bands and groups in various locations around the downtown. Lucky for us, the weather was finally great. When the sun went down, it did not turn cold as it has for the last month.

As we rode our bikes to the Publix supermarket, we passed an interesting sculpture in one of the many parks in the city. The sculpture shows Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone sitting around a camp fire. Edison is lighting the fire. An old story relates that Edison, Ford, Firestone, and whoever was the President of the United States at the time, would take road trips together. No bodyguards, no servants. They would visit areas such as the Everglades, Great Smokies. Sometime the trips would be a 2-3 weeks in length. They almost always camped out. These men were pioneers in the industrialization of the United States, and one can only wonder about the conversations between these industrial giants.

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