Ginny's Adventures 2006 travel blog

Cypress trees as I know them

air plants or ferns grow abundantly

woodpecker amongst the cypress

The smallest post office

Naples Pier on the Gulf

Palm Cottage

just one of the statues around town

sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

I took the scenic route to Naples via the Tamiami Trail, or Rte 41. There were quite a few stopping places to do a little walking on boardwalks and see nature all around. I stopped at the visitor center, Kirby Storter, and the smallest post office in the US. While driving, there is a little canal beside the road and very often I could see birds like egrets, herons, and vultures, osprey, etc. I'm sure there were alligators in that canal, too but it wasn't safe to stop. A couple of places had signs to watch for panther crossing (instead of deer or moose crossing!). I still haven't seen a panther, though.

Once in Naples, I wandered the streets of Old Naples where there are very expensive stores, artists painting the buildings and scenery, and the infamous pier. The pier was built to help transport people from the boats to the hotel built by Walter Haldeman, a publisher from Kentucky. He also built a cottage for his colleague, Henry Watterson, so he wouldn't have to stay with the other visitors. I toured this cottage, which had additions built to have a kitchen and be self sufficient. It's funny that their historical places are only about 100 years old, when I'm used to historical sites dating back to the 1700's.

I made it a point to stay long enough to get out ont the beach near the pier to watch the sun set. It was beautiful that night, so I was lucky. I got lost trying to find I-75 to come back but eventually got to the highway after 7 PM. That route, also called Alligator Alley is desolate, especially at night, but I could travel at 65 - 70 mph, so I got home before 10 PM, tired, but satisfied at the finds this day.

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