fter lunch we drove to Pine Island to visit the little fishing village of Matlatcha (mat-la-shay). It's a cute little village with a few different shops, all painted bright colors.
Our favorite shop was the Love Grove, which has a very colorful, fanciful "garden" behind it.
|This would make a great quilt|
|Mushrooms made from blue bottles with the bottoms painted white|
|Overlooking the canal|
|Who's behind those Foster Grants?|
We drove to the end of the island to check out the little town of Bokeelia. There isn't much there except several vacation homes/condos and a great view of the water.
I had wanted to see the Calusa shell mounds which were down in that area. Wendy pulled it up on her phone and we drove around until we found what we were looking for...Calusa Heritage Trail.
We got there just as they were closing the restrooms and gift shop; however, one of the volunteers gave us a quick explanation of the site and provided us with a map. It wasn't what I expected...I thought we would see tall mounds of seashells from hundreds of years ago. What we did see was small hills that didn't look like much of anything, except that Florida is pretty flat everywhere. One of the mounds overlooked the Gulf and at one time, probably had a house belonging to one of the tribal leaders.
|difficult to take a good photo into the sun ;o(|
|"Are we there yet?"|
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