Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rare Birds & ByeBye Birdies

Today, the Geezers & Geezerettes packed up after a nice breakfast at the campsite and started the journey home for the girls. Since the flight didn't leave till about 5:00, we had some time to kill.
On the Boardwalk - Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

The best place to kill time (aside from a pub) is walking a trail at a nature center and in this part of Florida, there is no better trail than the 2.3 mile boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp, operated by the National Audubon Society. The walk was great, yielding good views of a variety of habitats and numerous birds, including Anhinga, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, Swallow-tailed Kite, Painted Bunting, and Prothonatory Warbler (a rariety this time of year). We had a great walk, a quiet lunch in the snack bar at the nature center and a browse through the gift shop, then off to drop the ladies at the airport.
Sleepy Barred Owl along the boardwalk

It was sad to see them go - was kinda nice having someone to make you want to take a shower - or maybe just make you take a shower! The four of us worked out living in a 7' X 22' camper pretty well! A definate possibility for future Geezer trips.
This afternoon was devoted to a few mundane tasks like grocery shopping, oil change for the Geezermobile and coffee & scones at a shop in VERRRRY TRENDY downtown Naples, FL - amongst all the beautiful people! Just around the corner are auto dealerships for Porche, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Land Rover - The 6 year old Kia Sorento Geezermobile with the rack full of kayaks and trailer hitch fits right in!
Tomorrow, our last full day in the area (forecast mid 80's YES!) probablly a little paddling and other nonsense, then get ready to transition to Georgia on Thursday.


  1. You've taken a shower?

    Well, now I'll reconsider, and suggest you stop in on your way north.

  2. Jeez, 54 followers on this blog? (Well, 53 and one dog...) I knew you could buy some popularity with those tee shirts!

  3. You best be bringing some of those temps back north with you! You can either fly them in with the wimmin folk or drive them back. Did have a nice day (t-shirt) Friday at Montezume watching the carp try to enter the refuge from the Seneca River. Must have been a couple thousand of them - almost more than geese. A few cans around, quite a few wigeon, a few t swans, ring necks, shovelers and eagles. Saturday was cold and windy at Iroquois NWR, but got lots of pintails, more wigeon, ring necks, two long tails, pb grebe, a coot, more eagles and more t swans. Sunday, much the same weather wise, but got a n shrike near the lake and lots of rb mergs, c goldeneye and buffleheads on the lake. Also picked up a lendal 3 piece pole from OOC&K in Waterport.

  4. the dog feels being singled out is unwarranted, but will remain tolerant.