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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wildlife Extravaganza and Top Chef Family Fun Time

We had a wonderful day yesterday....absolute perfection (except for the occasional fight between my 13 year old son and 8 year old daughter when they hurled insults at one another and threatened each other with severe bodily injury). They also played together on the beach like best buds. Kids. Gotta love 'em.

We had another great drive-through at Ding. We saw this cool lizard (above) who was pretty well camouflaged on the rocks.

We also enjoyed a wonderful boat cruise and saw tons of dolphins. They were jumping and playful...but it was difficult to get a good photo, obviously. The history of this island and how it was affected by the hurricane of 2004 is fascinating. The storm caused catastrophic damage to Captiva, and the island is still recovering.

On the way back from the cruise, we saw this rockin' cottage on stilts J.N. "Ding" Darling built for his wife. She hated it! So he used it as an artist studio (he was a cartoonist). Seriously, I would maim and kill to have this cottage as a writer's studio. How cool would that be!

To finish off a perfect day, we watched the sun set at the beach, ate a bizarre meal at The Bubble Room in Captiva, and the whole fam watched Top Chef Masters together, snuggled on the sofa. Fun!

Happy Days,


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

AMEN! That cottage is to die for.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Wait, I get to kill for the cottage first! Then you...
Sounds like a great day!

Penelope said...

I know Juju...isn't it cute? His wife didn't like that is was isolated on the water....she was nuts!

Julia....We can share. How about our own writer's colony...we have to come up with a cool name....

Alissa Johnson said...

Oh, what I wouldn't do for that cottage. . .How could a person not love it, isolation and all?

Penelope said...

Hi Alissa! I know! That cottage is my dream....can you imagine writing there?....with the sea breeze coming in the windows, the sound of the waves below....heavenly!