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A personal view

Lazy days in shorts and tee's by Ashley Gibbins

The barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva is connect ed to the mainland by a three-mile-long causeway that stretches from the southwestern reaches of Fort Myers out across San Carlos Bay.

More than half of the two islands are preserved as wildlife refuges with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation responsible for curbing uncontrolled commercial growth and development.

The facts When to go

Sand pipers, don't you just love 'em?

So damned quick and sharp focused, they dart frantically - but with real purpose - along the beach as wave after wave breaks and recedes to reveal the next batch of, what I guess are, tasty morsels.

I was full of admiration as I watched one non-stop little fellow on a Sanibel beach.

Being located in southern Florida, Sanibel and Captiva have a sub-tropical climate with temperatures from 60°F (16°C) in midwinter to around 90°F (32.2°C) in high summer.

January through April is the peak tourist season on the island although October to December will also be delightful.

But emulation was the last thing on my mind as I sloshed through those same warm waters into another stunning sunset.

No, I had quickly aligned myself with the pelicans. Now these are savvy birds who seem to spend much of their days chilling out on a convenient pier post or small bobbing boat with just the occasional lazy flight to search out a fish lunch or dinner.

Add a cold beer or margarita on the rocks to this routine and it was me to a 'T'.

The summer heat and humidity, which has been recorded as high as 100°F, is cooled by the ocean breeze and by the inevitable daily afternoon and evening showers.


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