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Florida Master Naturalist program starts tonight!

I’m excited to be starting the Florida Master Naturalist program tonight! This is the Coastal Systems Module. There will be multiple field trips during June. If there’s opportunity to take photos during this adventure (I *am* supposed to be learning something) you can be sure I will share!

Hey, #SWFL – Edison & Ford Winter Estates Groupon Deal!

Mina Edison in the GardenMy Mobile Adventures *~*~* mobile blogged a visit to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates earlier this month.  At $24 for the garden tour, I thought it was a BIT pricey, but $12 is a GREAT bargain!  So if you’re interested, jump on this deal – I think it will only be good for two more days (Until Monday May 30th 2011).

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Slideshow: MORE from the Edison-Ford Winter Estates

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IMG_5521Here are some more photos from our great ramble around the Edison-Ford Winter Estates here in Fort Myers, Southwest Florida. The place was lively with school tour groups, flowering trees and shrubs bursting into bloom, bees bumbling, water fowl foraging – and mangoes dropping out of the trees.

I like that you’re encouraged to walk on the lawns, and that it’s not that perfectly manicured golf course stuff. Loved the story of the Edison Botanic Research Co., which was formed because both Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone needed a domestic source of rubber. The location just can’t be beat – with the beautiful Caloosahatchee River spread before them, why would they want to spend their winters anywhere else? All in all, a splendid morning.

There’s a slide show below. If you want to read the detailed commentary that goes with each photo, CLICK HERE to visit the set on Flickr. Enjoy the photos :)

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Looking very GQ

Looking very GQ, originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

Mr. Henry Ford vogues for us

ADDED FOR PHOTO FRIDAY: Great timing – I just finished touring the Edison-Ford Winter Estates here in Fort Myers, Florida. Henry Ford is generally acknowledged as the father of modern manufacturing, having pioneered use of the assembly line for the making of his automobiles. This statue lives on the Ford winter estate in Fort Myers, Florida, where he lived next door to other luminaries of his time (no pun intended… well maybe just a little) such as Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.

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Upcoming Adventures: Flowers, Festivals, Walt and Wizards!

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Disney Friends

Friendship can be a motivator, a mover and a shaker. I am fortunate to be blessed with some really cool friends who’ve made adventurous plans for the month of May and they want me to tag along – w00t! Well you know my motto –Have Signal, Will Blog! Here’s what you can expect to see here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* during the month of May:

The Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Fort Myers, Florida

My friend Christene is an avid Florida gardener who blogs at The Great Wall Of Lutz. She’ll be driving down to spend some much-needed vacation time on Sanibel Island. While she’s down this way, she’ll be indulging in her passion a bit by visiting some local gardens. Among her selections is the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, situated on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. There, we’ll tour the beautiful gardens and check out a festive bromeliad event that’s about to begin starting May 1st. We’ll go during the week, though, to avoid crowds.

IMG_1830-WDW-EPCOT-China-pond-water-lilyNaples Botanical Garden
Naples, Florida

About a half hour or so down the interstate (or down the Tamimami Trail/Route 41, take your pick) is the city of Naples, Florida. Naples can boast of several nature-related attractions, including the Corkscrew Swamp (on my “bucket list”) and Rookery Bay (been there, done that – check it out!). For this particular outing, Christene has selected the Naples Botanical Garden. I’ve checked out the map, and the place looks SWEET! Not only that, but our mutual friend Snowbird recently spent some time there and returned singing the praises of the place. I’m hoping this is a good time of year to visit and that there are lots of photo opportunities.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival VistaWalt Disney World – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Orlando, Florida

Yep, I was just there, in February and in March. Yep, we’re going to do it again :) This is one of my favorite events at Walt Disney World. For years, I dreamed of going to EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. When I finally got my chance, it became an annual habit that was broken only in the year I moved to Florida (the move stepped all over the Festival in a big way, timing-wise). I’m especially looking forward to all the amazing scents – gardenia, jasmine, magnolia and many more. But more importantly, I’m looking forward to some quality time with my “sistas”, an amazing collection of women, all of whom I am privileged to call “friend”. AND, all of whom have a penchant for the Grey Goose/Grand Marnier Slushie kiosk in EPCOT’s France, not to mention the tequila bar in Mexico. Happy times, straight ahead!

Entrance, Universal Studios OrlandoThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort

Yes, we were just here as well – ides of March, picked up Niece No. 1 at MCO and away we went for several days. This time, a couple of the “sistas” want to do only one day here, primarily to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I imagine there’s butterbeer in our future, and I know I’m kinda looking forward to the ribs at the Three Broomsticks again 😉 What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and when I find a habit that I like a lot, I stick with it! I’m happy to go for one day and hit the highlights – Spiderman, Jurassic Park, maybe The Hulk if they are feeling adventurous, and of course, the entire Hogsmeade/Hogwarts compound, complete with a turn on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as at least a walk through the queue for The Dragon Challenge. Should be a fun day!

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So, it looks like May will be packed with mobile adventures. I need to get over the school hurdle first – it’s the end of the semester and I have papers to write. Guess I’d better get to it – SEE YA REAL SOON!

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Earth Day Wildlife Wanderings

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In observance of Earth Day, I took a stroll through the trails of the Calusa Nature Center, which is a local sanctuary here in the northeastern corner of Fort Myers, Florida. Most, if not all of the wildlife in captivity at the nature center has been injured in some way – they are either under rehab in preparation for release, or else they are permanent residents who cannot be returned to the wild.
Tortoises at the Calusa Nature Center

Here are some tortoises crowding together in a patch of sun. They love to be warm.

Lubber, sans blubber

The nature center boasts a collection of fossilized whale bones, including the skull, that were found on Fort Myers Beach. Here’s a young Eastern Lubber grasshopper taking a rest on the skull bone.

Publix says, "Thank you"...

After my nature center stroll, I went to the grocery store and was rewarded for using a reusable bag with this cute little green keychain thingie. I thought it was funny that the bag I used had actually been obtained at a different store, but I guess Publix isn’t being picky…

One of the things I did at the nature center was mobile blogging, which is not unusual for me – but I didn’t do it HERE, at My Mobile Adventures *~*~*, which IS a bit unusual. I have an iPod Touch and there was this free app called Zapd, which essentially lets you create a photo blog on the fly with your iDevice. Although my iPod Touch doesn’t take fabulous photos (only a 2MP camera), I still wanted to experiment, so I thought I’d test drive it today.

But… you protest – don’t you need a wi-fi connection with the iPod Touch? Why yes, yes you do! Which is why I was tethered to my phone the whole time I hiked :) Not the kind of thing I’d want to do all the time, as I already have a mobile blogging solution and this used twice the in-the-field battery power normally necessary for mobile blogging. But it was fun and easy, so I thought I’d share –

Happy Earth Day 2011 SWFL – CLICK HERE to see my first Zapd site

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OK, lesson learned – never gonna do that again!

Vehicle sweet vehicle – thou art a blessing, for thou hast air conditioning!

No shade to speak of on that route. Next time, we’re gonna run first and blog later!

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A shady spot to rest

A shady spot to rest, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Here’s another gazebo, around the bend from the Japanese garden. It’s near the demonstration garden, a raised bed currently populated with vegetables. Also nearby is a huge heap of "black gold" or finished compost – smells heavenly. i miss gardening!

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[VIDEO] Look, up in that tree – it’s “Woody”!

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Pileated Woodpecker at Six Mile Cypress SloughWeek before last, I took a stroll deep into the swamp – the Six Mile Cypress Slough here in Fort Myers – and I heard a familiar sound. After looking around for a bit, I found him. He’s a pileated “Woody” woodpecker, with a ruby red crest on his head. Isn’t he beautiful? What a treat! Actually, I did even better than this – I got about a 10 second video of him before he moved around to the other side of the tree and out of sight. Sorry it isn’t longer, but that’s wildlife for ya – always doing just as they please, leaving us photographers fumbling to get something decent. I hope I see him again sometime when I go back. Enjoy!

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Lakes Park Is A Pretty Place

Lots of water fowl enjoy this place – just saw some moorhens and a pelican. Also a weird, fat black goose with a red head. But I am standing amidst a bunch of fire ant mounds to get this picture and I don’t want to stand here too long….

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Water Playground

Water Playground, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Oh to be a child again! Well, it’s a little chilly yet this morning to be running through the spray, but later on when it hits 80*, I suppose some lucky younguns will be delighted. The sound alone is pretty soothing.

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Lakes Park in Fort Myers

Lakes Park in Fort Myers, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

I’ve never been to Lakes Park in the five years I’ve been living here. Since I just got my "AB" parking sticker in the mail from Lee County, I thought I’d check it out on this glorious February morning in Southwest Florida.

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Photo Friday: Breathtaking

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For today’s “Breathtaking” Photo Friday, I’d like to share some sunsets I have known.


Above: EPCOT, Walt Disney World – October 2010


Above: “Two Ladies In The Harbor”, New York City – September 2006


Above: Sanibel Island, Florida – May 2009


Above: My backyard – January 2009


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Uncommon Friends by D. J. Wilkins

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their buddy Mr. Firestone (sorry, I don’t know his first name) -"fathers of the American industrial 20th century" – captured in sculpture for this fountain in the Fort Myers River District

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Accidental Stop at Butterfly Garden in Fort Myers

Subtitled – What To Do When Your Morning Is A Bust!

I decided that I would do my daily walk/run in Centennial Park this morning. The river would serve as a refreshing change of scenery for me. Since the City of Fort Myers Utilities office is on the way, I thought I’d make a pitstop there and pay my (unbelieveably outlandish for one person) water bill.

Well, it’s Martin Luther King Day and the Utilities office is closed. Ok, on to the park.

Well, it’s Martin Luther King day, and there’s a parade blocking the route.

Ok – weaving in and out the streets of unfamiliar territory, I spotted this place – a butterfly conservatory, gift shop and cafe live here. Thought I’d get some coffee and wait out the parade so I could continue on to the park.

I now have coffee and it’s starting to rain. Guess I’ll just tour the conservatory/greenhouse, go back home and fire up the treadmill. I will send some pics if I see anything fun or interesting, but honestly, butterflies are notorious for not staying still for very long…

As for the water bill and the park – there’s always tomorrow! :)

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