It's a new year, so make new friends. Everyone is in good spirits, thanks to good spirits, so make some new friends and help them break their New Year's resolutions. Dress like you mean it. If it is New Years, wear a tux or a dress, this is a time to look good and feel good.more
There is only one bar on the island, and you can't miss it. Music, dancing, drinking, and just having a good time. This is a New Year's Party, the only requirement is to wear RED . The ladies were all in dresses and me in my Tux. Some people were more casual, but I don't think they had as much fun!more
I flew into Fort Meyers (RSW), and Candace picked me up at the airport. We drove to Punta Gorda where she keeps her boat. Her friends, who couldn't believe she invited someone she briefly met at Mardi Gras, kept calling to see if I had killed and raped her, I hadn't. Some people only think the worst.
Candace's boat is a beauty, and was well apportioned for the trip to Cabbage Key. (Plenty of Bloody Mary mix).
This is living!!
In the bar on Cabbage Key, the first thing you notice is that the walls are covered with money! Visitors sign their money and affix it to any available surface. It is hard to find a place to put your bill, so in many places the wall paper is several dollars thick!
I found out later that Candace told her boyfriend that he couldn't go because it was a ladies only trip, so I was the only man on board the boat (except her son). This caused some tension later, but was quite fun for me!A friend, a doctor, gave me a box of Viagra to take along, it is hard to see in this picture, but the ladies thought it was a...more
Luggage and bags:
I try to carry very little while travelling. The more bags, the more likely to have trouble. I carry a backpack (rucksack) and on this trip an accordian.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since the purpose of this trip was a New Year's Eve party. I brought my tux. And because the theme was red, I brought my red silk socks.
Other times on the island are casual, and you should dress for the islands
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The cabin was well stocked, so only personal items need be brought. We did have some food stuffs on the boat and the cabin had a kitchen for cooking breakfast.
Photo Equipment: Cabbage key is dense with vegetation, so a telephoto lens is not necessary, I like a wide angle and a portrait lens, and slow film to get the colours (no faster than asa 100)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Cabbage Key is in a muddy area, that is why the mangroves grow here, so we didn't encounter any swimming beaches. You can dive off the boat, so swimwear is always a good idea, unless you go starkers.
Miscellaneous: Bring a fishing pole. This is a great area for sport fishing, and Tarpon is king!
I have been to this place at least a dozen times, usually when guests come in from out of town. Each time I go it just gets worse. It starts with a rude and ignorant dock hand. Then if you go at mid day you could wait more than an hour for a table. The wait staff looks overworked and scarce. The menu is limited and the food is so-so.I'm leading a...more