Pam and Ernie already had reserved their winter site for six months at Cypress Woods RV Resort in Fort Myers. Joyce and Charlie would make a last minute decision to stay at Seminole Campground in North Fort Myers. Wayne and I are about 40 minutes north.
|Cathy walking Scooter who's just outside the picture.|
Neighbors to our road side checked in just ahead of us, Tony and Cathy and their friend Larry.
They are from Louisville, Kentucky and travel together. We met them the first afternoon.
Cathy and Tony have a Maltese named Scooter. He bites. Larry is a widower and travels alone.
Our site is across the bridge in the photo below. We are between two of the three lakes.
|That's our site just down the street. The sidewalk is perfect for walking Lexie and Ozzie.|
|Ralf and Amber (center) are the developers and owners of Myakka River Motorcoach Resort|
(This photo is from Myakka's Christmas party)
|One of the first Friday Meet N Greet socials. The crowd is small and manageable now. By full season, the group spills over onto the pool deck below. In this picture I see Charlie, Sandy, Bonnie, Carlo and Bruce. Can't make out the others.|
|Left to right, Debbie, Sara, Cindy and Ray. We're watching the sunset.|
|The friendliest of the whole gang are Bruce and Sandy Moore|
|View of the pool deck, Myakka River and the sinking sun. Taken from the Sunset Patio.|
The resort sites are around to the right.
|Thanksgiving Dinner at Myakka|
Several social gatherings were scheduled during November, including a neighborhood progressive eating social that called for everyone to walk around the resort, meeting others and eating.
Thanksgiving Dinner was the first formal gathering in Myakka's clubhouse. Bruce took pictures and sent this one to me.
I'm glad he did because I didn't take a single photo.
Dinner was good.
|First of many beautiful sunrises at Myakka. This one was taken the morning after Thanksgiving.|
|That's our coach with the awning shade extended. |
Tony and Cathy are to the right and Larry is in the third coach.
|The neighbors in this Prevost Featherlight drive a Bentley.|
They stayed only a few nights on the property though the coach was here all season.
|During this Friday Meet N Greet, I shared my hat with Laurie when she faced the sunset.|
|Another time, I shared my hat with Princess Diana when the sunset was in her eyes.|
|Another good view of our lake.|
We rarely see them and it's usually for short periods of time. This winter though, they were already at Myakka when we arrived and they remained another month after we left at the end of March.
|Looking back at MRMR from the end of the pier.|
|Despite the leash regulation, I did let Ozzie and Lexie off leash this afternoon on the boardwalk to the river.|
|Our resident alligators could pose a problem. Better safe than sorry, Wayne carries pups when they are nearby.|
|This is the biggest of our gator neighbors. He began taking liberties with the guests and had to be evicted.|
By the time Christmas rolled around, we knew almost everyone in the park. Our Christmas dinner and dance party was well attended. The food was good and so was the entertainment.
|Left to right, Steve, Darlene. Carlo and Bonnie. Janice is in bright blue.|
As an "ice breaker" at the Christmas party every year, each table of eight people is required to sing, at the microphone, the Christmas carol of their choice. Someone at our table suggested "Jingle Bell Rock"... and we did! It was the first time I'd ever sung kareoke and I had great fun though it's hard to tell from this picture.
|Jingle Bell Rock! Left to right, the singers are.... Larry, me, Howard, Laurie, Charlie, Diana and Cindy!|
"Rock The Night Away!"
|Cindy and I do some of our best steps in kareoke. |
A tiny solo cup filled with American Honey helped.
|Cindy and I continue to prove our lack of singing ability with "You're So Vain"....|
|Howard sings his part of "Hit The Road Jack" as directed by his wife, Diana (in red).|