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Kris Krossing the Sanibel Island Causeway

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On Friday, I took a run out to Sanibel Island to celebrate my birthday. As I came through the toll, a really OLD song came on the radio, so I decided to “roll tape” for the perilous crossing. Join me for a ride in the “happy lane” πŸ™‚

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Today’s adventure: Cape Coral’s Four Mile Cove Eco park

I was in Cape Coral this morning, working on a photo project with a fellow nature geek. On the way over the Midpoint Bridge from Fort Myers, I decided it was high time I’d visited an attraction I’ve passed a dozen times but never stopped. Let’s go!

“You have arrived…”



"You have arrived…", originally uploaded by Erin *~*~*.

That’s what the GPS lady always says, but I don’t need GPS to get to The happiest Place on Earth. I had not been here more than 2 minutes and already had three great CM encounters.

1. The security dude doing bag check looked deep into my eyes and said, "Have fun, Princess."
2. The CM at the turnstiles took note of the fact that Goofy is on my AP and said, "hey there, no goofin’ around now haw haw haw!" just like Goofy
3. I’ll tell you the third one in a minute…

Restitution to my readers: it’s a do-over!

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IMG_1095This is the first in a series of “do-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.

Intrepid readers, especially those who read this blog via RSS feed or email subscription, may have noticed that during my last trip to Orlando, there were some issues with the pictures that we’ve never had here before. For those reading via RSS reader or via email, my most recent mobile blogging efforts from Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort didn’t display photos – just links or else nothing at all. This wasn’t random – there’s a reason.

This was the first time I used the WordPress app for iPhone to mobile blog an adventure. The photos are stored in a different spot than they were when I was using Flickr to mobile blog here, and I believe the anti-hotlinking settings caused the problem. My bad – didn’t know subscribers were going to be interpreted that way!

I feel terrible that people had to jump through hoops to see the photos, so guess what? Do-over! πŸ™‚ That’s right. We’re going to relive the trip, the good old fashioned way, using Flickr to host the photos. I’ll spread it out in posts over several days, to simulate an actual mobile blogging adventure. LOL, there’s something about that idea that just makes me laugh πŸ˜€ Laughter is good for us. So here we go…

The first thing one needs to do when embarking on a 3 hour drive from Fort Myers to Orlando is obtain sufficient fuel for the journey. That’s a grande-no-whip-mocha, purchased at 8:27 AM on Monday February 13th, if the time stamp on the original photo is to be believed. There’s a large heart logo on the cup which can be scanned with your phone using the Starbucks “Cup Magic” app. I’m not going to tell you what happens when you scan it, but it’s cute πŸ™‚

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Mickey Ears On I-4 This is one of my famous “point and pray” shots; eyes on the road at all times, aim camera in general direction of target, hope for the best! I usually try to get this structure both coming and going. It’s on I-4, just west of the first exit for Walt Disney World (there are four exits, I believe).

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Characters In Flight BONUS: another point and pray shot. I happened to get lucky and see Characters In Flight was aloft as I passed between exits 67 and 68. I was headed for exit 75A, Universal Blvd.

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Room With A (Hogwarts) View This was the view from my room at the Four Points by Sheraton, Orlando Studio City. I am an SPG member (Starwood Preferred Guest) and I usually seem to score a Hogwarts view when I stay at this hotel, which I like a lot. It is pretty much always reasonably priced, it’s clean and comfortable and was redecorated fairly recently – maybe within a year and a half or thereabouts. Plus it is right outside the gates of Universal Orlando Resort, and I can stay there free using Starwood points. If you are interested in the Starwood program, click here to read more about it.

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Just a stroll across the parking lot of the hotel is an International House of Pancakes. I happened to have a gift card left over from Christmas, and I was ravenously hungry, so it seemed hike a harmonic convergence. Off I went to have one of their “smart” meals before hitting the parks to meet up with friends.

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I emerged from the iHop apparently in the nick of time, for an egret had already besmirched the windshield next to mine and had that look in his eye, like he wanted to leave his mark on a Toyota. Um, no. You go ‘way now, ok? πŸ˜‰

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By 1:52 PM, this is where I was standing, waiting for the tram to take me into Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was about to have some fun and frolic with a pair of old and dear friends (when I say “old”, I do not mean that we are ancient; I mean that we were all once young together πŸ˜‰ )

Stay tuned, there will be more – we are only just beginning!





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Pearly Gates for the last time

Until next month, that is. Another niece is coming to visit so of course, we need to visit Mouse Mecca πŸ™‚

The family is having lunch in EPCOT and then proceeding to the Studios before heading out to MCO. I have just arrived at Studios and I am on the tram, trundling toward the gates.

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Journey so far – no, I’m STILL not in Disney World yet!

It stared last night when I could not get to sleep. The last time I looked to the clock, it was after 4:00 am. Naturally, there was no getting up at 8 as planned. Did not leave house until after 10, when I determined I needed gas. Got gas, went about a mile on I-75 and came to a stand-still at exit 136. Crawled a while. Fellow travelers and I were dumped unceremoniously off the interstate at exit 139. Had to pull over and fire up GPS on my phone to figure out how to get to somewhere I knew. Wove in and out the streets until I found US highway 41 ("Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man…"). Crossed the Caloosahatchee via the Edison Bridge and started looking for a road, any road, that I knew to be an exit off I-75. Bayshore Road it is. Now I’ve gotten as far as Ellenton and needed to pee and walk around a bit. I still have an hour and a half to go before I hit Disney Property. Lord, have mercy and spare me further travel agony!

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Explosion in Fort Myers on Colonial

UPDATE: At least one local news agency is saying that a backhoe hit a gas line, one person injured.

Not sure what’s on fire in the westbound lane of Colinial just west of SR 82. This has been an election year construction zone for a while now.

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Hess station near #Disney’s Boardwalk

After three hours on the interstate, a little dead bug control is called for. Fortunately, the Hess station near Disney’s Boardwalk has a car wash. by the way, gasoline is $2.739/gal here today and it took 8.97 gallons to get here.

Now I am done in the car wash and off to see if I can check in…

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Bio-break on the way to #Disney World

This is my favorite rest stop along I-75. It’s the McDonald’s in Ellenton, Florida. The bathroom is pretty clean and there’s a Walgreen’s on one side and a gas station on the other side . By the way, gas is $2.72 here – I paid $2.76 two days ago in Fort Myers. Ok break’s over – time to move out!

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Day trippin’ on Sanibel Island

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09032010609-Fort-Myers-Beach-truckLast Friday, just before the three-day weekend festivities here in the United States, I took myself over to Sanibel Island for the day. I am very lucky to live within easy driving distance of the island (half an hour from driveway to causeway), and I really should do this more often.

As I approached the causeway, I encountered this truck on Summerlin Road. Considering all the “Mickey Mouse In The Wild” encounters I’d already experienced that week, I thought the “Don’t Mess With The Mouse!” slogan on the back of the truck was apropos πŸ˜‰ click photo to see it bigger

Looks like Vera Bradley threw up in here...

I was a little early for my appointment so I popped into a few shops. This one has a corner where it looks like Vera Bradley threw up!


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Finally, it’s time for my massage – can we say, “Ahhhhh!” now? πŸ™‚


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After the massage, I poked around in a few more shops and found this wall hanging at “Pandora’s Box”. I liked the sentiment and the presentation, but didn’t think it was worth what they were asking for it. The artist’s name is Anahata Joy Katkin, in case you are interested in looking her up.


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My last stop was Gulfside City Park aka Algiers, one of Sanibel Island’s public beaches. I stayed about two hours, hunting the shoreline for treasures. It was mostly “kibbles and bits” shelling, but I did manage to score a couple of macaroni and cheese shells (aka, those little orange juvenile Florida horse conch shells).


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It was low tide by time I crossed the causeway again, and the sailboat that had run aground a few weeks back was now visible on that crescent-shaped sand bar just off the south side/”sad lane” (you’re sad cause you’re leaving Sanibel!). I wonder when someone is going to finally remove it – or is it destined to become a relic with all sorts of local legends attached to it?


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Approaching the Sunshine Skyway, St. Petersburg, Florida

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πŸ™‚ Looks like the sails of
a tall ship in the distance;
when will it set sail?

My obsession with the Sunshine Skyway continues. If I can find a place to pull over and shoot, I do. Otherwise I just keep my eyes on the road, point the lens in the general direction and pray πŸ˜‰ Not bad, huh? Have a happy and productive Friday, everyone!

 

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Gateway to Walt Disney World

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IMG00501-WDW-gates-on-the-roadπŸ™‚ The very first time I drove from my house in Southwest Florida to Walt Disney World, I was on the phone with Lisa, a good friend from Long Island. As I got closer to Disney property, I saw this structure – Lisa calls it “the pearly gates” πŸ˜‰ – and I let out a scream for joy. “OW!” Lisa exclaimed. “That was my EAR!”.

Ever since that incident, I still call Lisa to pass the time during the 3-hour drive to Disney – but she always asks, “Are we getting close to the pearly gates? Cause if we are, I have to hang up now!”

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Sanibel sad lane sideview

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πŸ™‚ BLUE sky? check
YELLOW line down the center of the road? check
SunSHINE on the water? check!

We have trifecta πŸ™‚

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Highway signage

We’re getting close to Fort Lauderdale here. Deb saw this pic on the blog and thought I was trying to tell her something about highway closures – LOL! I just thought it was a cool piece of signage, with the sun rays on top and all.