Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ft. Myers Weekend

It was way back in July when we made plans with Nick and Tonyia to go to Ft. Myers.  What drew my attention was the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - so we decided to make it a weekend.

Nick and Tonyia picked us up mid morning on Saturday.  We packed the car, made a quick stop at McDonald's for breakfast and headed down US 27........

We arrived early afternoon at the hotel and were pleasantly surprised when they checked us right in.  With  what little time we spend in our hotel room, I am always looking for a bargain.   I found the  Americas Best Value Inn on Cleveland Ave in Ft. Myers.  This little hotel was recently remodeled, was very clean, with the small frig and microwave in the room, a continental breakfast in the morning and was in a decent location.  In the front of the hotel is this statue of three horses.  Very nice - but as Nick brought to our attention AND to the owner of the hotel - it really does look like the horse is taking a leak...........non-stop!

Since we had time before the dinner show we headed out to play some miniature golf, but along the way we passed the Lakes Regional Park and Nick decided to pull in, park and see what it was all about.  Glad he did.  This is a beautiful park located on 279 acres with 158 acres of freshwater quarry lake.  Below are some pictures of our fun day at the park.

This picture shows the fragrance garden, a view of the park, lake and walking/riding trails.  One of two vendors on site is Wheel Fun Rentals.  You can rent a paddle boat or bicycle for up to four people to enjoy and tour the park.

Of course - Rich saw the sign for Ice Cream......so off we went.. Nick opted for a couple of hot dogs, while the rest of us had a dish or cone.......

We sat outside while enjoying our ice cream.......and watched the turtles!  And shared some of our ice cream with the turtles!

Th other vendor on site is the /Railroad Museum of South Florida .  In addition to the museum is a train play area for kids, and a train  ride for all ages. 

For a while we posed for pictures, enjoyed the scenery and exhibits and acted like kids, pretending to be alligators!  When we walked along the boardwalk there was a group of kids fishing from the dock.  One of them managed to get their hook "hooked" underneath the doc.  So Rich and Nick gave them a hand getting it free..........their good deed for the day!

It was a pretty hot day...........and we were already feeling it when we left the park and headed next door to Castle Golf!  This was a beautiful course, and lots of fun, BUT 18 holes in the hot sun was a little TOO much. They tried to be-head me for cheating, which I did NOT - but I did manage to get a hole in one at hole number 12, and when I spun the wheel and it landed on 12, I got a free game.   AND Rich only beat me by ONE point!

We headed back to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner.  The main reason for our visit was to attend the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater.  Tonight the show was " Those Were The Day".    Tickets to the show included a buffet dinner that was excellent and included Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken, veggies, pasta, and stuffed cabbage.  Soup was beef barley that was excellent, as was the salad and dessert bars.   And our waitress, Caroline, was a sweetheart!

The show was sooooooooooo good and soooooooooo funny!  It was a musical review taking us back to the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's, and it kept us laughing almost non-stop!  The singers were great and the entertainment excellent.  It was one of those shows that you did not want to end.  We highly recommend this venue.  Will definitely come back again. 

Sunday morning we had a quick breakfast at the hotel before leaving.  Prior to our visit, I had tried to find something exciting for us to do on Sunday - but could not find a thing.  Stuff to do in the evening, but not during the day, and with the weather so hot......we were not in the mood for outdoor activity.  Way too much sun the day before.  Nick took a ride along the beach in search of something that might catch our fancy, but we didn't find anything.  Got home early afternoon.  Nick and Tonyia didn't stay long; but long enough for Nick to adjust my pantry doors!  They now stay closed! Thanks Nick. 

Rich and I were both exhausted.  I think the miniature golf in the sun, and the lack of sleep Saturday evening, after drinking high test coffee at dinner was the cause.   We were so tired that dinner was a can of chicken noodle soup!  And I think we were both sound to sleep before 9:00pm. 

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