After we visited The World of Coke at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, we traveled another 600 miles to Captiva, an island off the coast of Florida where we’ll be staying for the rest of the week. Our friends Karen and Blake got married – you met them years ago when we had dinner at The California Grill at Walt Disney World; we’ve known Karen since we met as freshman in college 14 years ago – and they rented this amazing gated estate called Otter Banks sitting right on the water.
This place is so cool. It sleeps 20 people between the main house and the guest house, has a heated pool, a fantastic fully-equipped kitchen, wrap-around porches, and is within walking access to the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile, back home our family is trapped in a winter blizzard warning. It’s an exact reversal from last February. The warm weather, combined with the lack of state income tax, is incredibly tempting to both of us. I kind of like the idea of having my coffee, strawberries, and bananas for breakfast sitting on my deck overlooking palm trees and flower bushes.
In the main house itself, here is my favorite part …
Now, let’s go check out the beach!
You know what? A picture doesn’t quite capture the expansiveness of it. Neither does video, but this should give you a better idea …
(Note: By the time I post this, we’ll likely be on our way back home but I’ll backdate it so it is close to chronologically accurate. I’m not posting pictures by day – Aaron and I visited Naples and some of the other local communities, worked on the deck, poked around the island, had Dairy Queen, and generally just enjoyed ourselves. Hence the lack of updates, which is different from the usual routine.)