As some of you know, Tom and I had the absolute privilege of going to Florida for our 15th Anniversary! Yes, we have made it to the 15 year mark and still really do like one another.
We left for Fort Meyers Beach last Tuesday. After several delays on our flight out of KCI, then missing our flight in Atlanta, waiting on standby for several hours, we finally made it to our hotel in Fort Meyers Beach. It was completely worth the hassles and the waits when we got there!
We stayed at the Pink Shell Beach Resort (I would highly recommend it!). It was superb! We stayed in the White Sands Villas which were basically apartments that overlooked the gulf. They had a full kitchen, washer and dryer, living room with floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the water, a HUGE bathroom with one of those big round tubs, and a separate bedroom with a screened in porch.
The Pink Shell – looking from the beach.
The screened in porch off our bedroom. We would leave the door open at night so we could hear the waves crashing in.
The pool area.
Our view out the living room windows.
We did a lot of exploring the first day and then went to this lovely restaurant called Anothony’s On the Gulf for dinner. We ate outside and watched the sunset. It was heavenly.
Here is a picture of the sunset that night. We always made sure we were on the beach at sunset.
Our anniversary was a really memorable day for us. We drove down to Naples in our rented convertible. We honeymooned there and so we thought it would be nice to be there on our big day.
This car was a blast!
We did some shopping and then went down to the pier and walked the beach. It has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. The shelling there is really good and we had fun picking up shells, seeing shrimp and other life on the beach.
You can see the Naples pier in the background here.
At sunset we walked all the way to the end of the pier to watch the sun melt into the sea. A large crowd of people had gathered there and we all stood in awe as the fiery ball began to sink. After it completely disappeared from view everyone broke out clapping. It was like God had perfectly orchestrated this beautiful event and we had all gathered to witness this performance. It was magical!
Isn’t this awesome! This is one of the photos of that sunset.
Our last day we went deep sea fishing. A real highlight that ended our trip on a really great note. It was exciting reeling in fish after fish and wondering what was coming up on that line. There were several of us on the boat and so we saw some really interesting fish. We caught mostly spot tail and red snapper. They weren’t big fish but were good to eat. They fixed all our fish for us and we took them back to the hotel.
Here’s the basket of fish we caught.
The chef in the hotel restaurant fixed us a really tasty meal of blackened fish. I usually hate fish, but this was excellent!!
Here is a picture of us at dinner that night. The hotel restaurant is like a big covered patio type thing. You are inside, yet there are no windows so you feel like you are outside. I love this photo of us with the sunset in the background. (As you can tell, I’m really into the beach and sunsets!)
All in all we had a wonderful trip! I wouldn’t recommend flying Delta or having a layover in Atlanta, but those are just part of the adventure. I must say a HUGE ‘THANKS!’ to our parents for watching all our kids and making this possible. It was so nice to be away and know that the kids are happy, well taken care of and having a time of their lives too. Thank you so much and we love you!