Don’t you just LOVE surprises and being spontaneous?? What started out as a turkey hunting trip quickly turned into a beach vacation! You could not have had five happier people.
Now that all three of us had harvested our birds and one successfully on video, all in the first hour of hunting on our first morning hunt, we were left with decisions of what to do with the rest of the weekend. We decided to eat lunch with Dave at The Freezer, where we dined on boiled shrimp and baked Talapia topped with garlic sauce; which was absolutely divine.
One idea was to FIRST and foremost–SLEEP. We were definitely sleep deprived with Greg having to drive over 10 hours to Alabama the prior day and then all of us leaving around 7 p.m. for a 6.5 hour drive (basically all night) after a long day at work, coupled with the fact that we lost an hour due to a time zone change. We couldn’t do that all weekend. Well it didn’t take but a few minutes to decide that we would take a much-needed nap. Several ideas were thrown out before the guys retired and then they left it up to Billinda and I to make the decision.
So Greg and Richard headed to bed while Billinda and I went outside to the back deck to lay on the deck for a nap. The accommodations that we were set up with at Woodland Guides Outdoors were so unique. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house was on the water with a cool nautical theme, including an INDOOR Coy pond, real ship port windows, a bar, a sun room, and a dock right out the back door.
We didn’t sleep long before we were woke up by the sun. Billinda pointed out some big turtles in the water. Shortly before we started back into the house I spotted something odd in the water. I couldn’t quite make it out because it was about 80 yards down the slew. It finally made its way close to our dock and it resurfaced, slowly and descended back into the murky brackish water. I had no clue what I was looking at. The creature resurfaced again and this time there were two. Billinda quickly said, “Manatees!!” Two or three manatees were swimming in the slew. I had now seen my first wild manatees.
Since the guys left it up to us to decide what to do, we decided we wanted to ride to Cape Coral and stay at Greg and Billinda’s condo, dine in some of their favorite places and make a trip to the beach. So we were packed, loaded and on our way further south.
We had such an enjoyable time in Cape Coral. We ate at some awesome places, walked the beach, watched dolphins, we even went to Bingo where three out of the four of us won…and Billinda won TWICE on her first time ever playing in a Bingo Hall.
We could not have asked for a better turkey hunting trip or weekend. It was so relaxing and sharing it with good friends was a true blessing and definitely for the fact that is was totally unexpected and spontaneous the joy was tenfold. A heartfelt thank you to Greg and Billinda for allowing us to share a little piece of their heaven in Cape Coral; the down time was surely needed and much appreciated.