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Getting ready to leave Ft. Myers

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The Slappey will move once again, after a 3-month stint in Ft. Myers. John was busy nearly every week day at the library, working on a project, and I found just about enough to do in the very pleasant weather and handsome little town center. We stayed a bit longer than planned, so our next few weeks will be a compromise from my original goal. We won’t make it all the way to St. Pete, but will see what we can see before heading South (weather permitting) to the Dry Tortugas, and onward to the Florida Keys.

Thomas Edison, famous Ft. Myers winter resident, in front of the giant Banyan tree

Thomas Edison, famous Ft. Myers winter resident, in front of the giant Banyan tree

close-up of the tree, one of several in the area. These are the aerial roots which grown down and form additional 'trunks'

close-up of the tree, one of several in the area. These are the aerial roots which grown down and form additional ‘trunks’

scene from the winter estates of Thomas Edison and another famous part-time resident, Henry Ford

scene from the winter estates of Thomas Edison and another famous part-time resident, Henry Ford

from the Edison and Ford Winter estates, now museums open to the public

from the Edison and Ford Winter estates, now museums open to the public

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from Edison's lab, where he attempted to find an American source of latex rubber

from Edison’s lab, where he attempted to find an American source of latex rubber

one from a series of metal sculptures around town which we loved

one from a series of metal sculptures around town which we loved

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The restroom in the popular Ford's Garage restaurant

The restroom in the popular Ford’s Garage restaurant

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Slappey next to the bridge at the City yacht basin

Slappey next to the bridge at the City yacht basin

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one of my favorite Christmas window displays

one of my favorite Christmas window displays

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The library; brand new and within walking distance

The library; brand new and within walking distance

Ft. Myers Beach, about 10 or so miles west on the Gulf

Ft. Myers Beach, about 10 or so miles west on the Gulf

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