We like to do Lunch by boat, instead of a car or bicycle or the old fashioned walking…gosh who even walks to lunch anymore?
I am sure there are those who DO walk to lunch, but here in SW Florida…we like to go by boat.
Because the Cape has over 400 miles of canals, almost everyone has a boat.
They either park the boat behind their home OR….
…..They keep their boat at one of the various Marinas around our little city.
It is so cool how the huge warehouses have berths or slots that resemble bunk beds…for boats!
Fork lifts are used to “stack” the boats clear to the ceiling in the Boat Warehouses.
It is amazing to watch how deftly these large machines maneuver those big boats in and around the inside of the buildings.
There are advantages to keeping one’s boat at the Marina rather than behind the house.
- The boat is protected from the elements by the Marina’s warehouse.
- A call ahead to the Marina and they will have your boat ready and in the water by the time you get there.
- When you return to the Marina, a crew will clean up your boat, wash it and place it back in it’s berth.
When out in the canals and even open water to the gulf…there are signs to protect the manatees.
Manatees are considered endangered and the big cumbersome, beautiful creatures move rather slowly in the canals and in the rivers.
After navigating the canals, and under the awesome bridges (there are four main bridges that span the huge Caloosahatchie River), the open water of the Gulf of Mexico beckons and with the wind in your hair, we are on our way to lunch.
It is amazing to watch the huge sailboats slipping silently through the waters, their giant white sales billowing in the wind.
So much to see, and one feels that all the beauty and splendor is for their eyes only.
Speeding across the blue/green water is nothing short of exhilarating.
Large grey dolphins surfaced as they raced the boat. Their bodies arched as they burst out of the water, leaping perfectly in the air.
What is not to like and emit a few giggles when seeing these beautiful animals?
The open water brings beautiful sights of little islands with rocky or sandy beaches and lots of mangroves…the “walking trees” as the Caloosahatchie Indians named them.
They are so named because of their many roots that search out and reach out to thee water’s edge. Almost like the trees are walking.
As we came nearer to the land masses again, the quaint seaside restaurant waiting just around the bend for boating customers is a welcome sight for hungry passengers.
The boat slows to obey the speed requirements and we marvel at the many shrimp boats docked in and around the bay.
After a quick wash up and hair tie up, we are sitting at a table watching the sea gulls and the pelicans search for their lunch too.
Lunch was delicious, perhaps due to hunger or due to the fresh air inhaled by our lungs on the trip over to the restaurant.
Perhaps a little of both.
I love shrimp! Fresh, grilled, blackened, fried, scampi…you name it. Shrimp is my favorite seafood while the Captain enjoys Grouper.
After soaking up the cool breezes and warm sunshine, it was time to go home.
As we left the restaurant on the water…the waves behind the boat lift and splash giving one the sense of contentment.
A perfect ending to a wonderful lunch on the water.
Sun, water, boats, good food and great company.
What a combination.
The hour long ride home was filled with contentment, awe and wonder
It never gets old living in this place we call paradise.
So much to see and do and yet….a peacefulness and tranquility if that is what you prefer.
Many days, the Captain and I enjoy lunch on our own lanai, feeling the same fullfillment.
Happiness my dear readers, is what we make it.
Have a great and wonderful day, and if you are ever down this way…
…..Let’s do lunch, driving by boat.