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Fwd: Nice day/Florida vacation

Melody, this was returned twice. Dunno why. Sorry troops.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> Date: May 12, 2005 7:58:44 AM EDT
> To: Melody@excite.com
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida vacation
> Let's do. I should be here. Can't tell about Ms. Fatma. It will be the  
> end of her vacation and she may choose to spend it with her kids in  
> New England.
> Also, if you decide to hunt for sharks' teeth, I can loan you a couple  
> of "Venice snowshovels" that will make finding them a whole lot  
> easier.
> On May 10, 2005, at 7:08 AM, Melody wrote:
>> Jim:  You are the best!  And we've already decided we don't care  
>> enough about Disney to spend that crazy kind of money on an amusement  
>> park...we'd rather spend our money elsewhere and see things just like  
>> what you've described.  Thanks so much.  Are you and Ms. Fatma going  
>> to be around the third week in August?  Would love to hook up with  
>> you if possible...if not, we understand that, too.
>> Melody
>> Hills, IA  zone 5
>>  --- On Fri 05/06, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:
>> From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]
>> To: mhobertm@excite.com
>> Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 14:57:48 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida vacation
>> I think there is a swim-with-the-manatees place in Crystal River. I  
>> <br>haven't heard anything about them, good or bad; Ms. Fatma's  
>> daughter <br>has a friend who came down from Boston just to do  
>> that--and they're <br>pretty Green sorts, so I figure it must be  
>> benign. Woman I used to work <br>with was boating in the Myakka river  
>> one day about a year ago and a <br>manatee came up right beside her  
>> boat. She said she reached over and <br>patted it in the snout and it  
>> just swam away.<br><br>If you can resist all the Disney hype, I'd  
>> skip it. It's very <br>expensive--something like $55 per person per  
>> day--today just to get in. <br>Of course they've got a zillion  
>> "packages" to confuse the issue even <br>more. If you can't resist  
>> the hype, I would suggest talking with AAA <br>about it before  
>> deciding how much Disney you want. They got special <br>rates on some  
>> stuff, I think.<br><br>Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota had a pair of  
>> manatees last time I was <br>there. They probably still do.
>> Can't swim with them, but it only costs <br>a couple of bucks to get  
>> in. Mote has a nice little aquarium with <br>guided  
>> tours.<br><br>I've got visitor passes to Selby Botanical Garden I can  
>> send you, but <br>if you're an AHS member, your card will get you in  
>> there, too [I <br>think]. If you're not a member and want to go, let  
>> me know.<br><br>The beaches from Nokomis [Casey Key] south to  
>> Manasota Key, which <br>includes Venice and Casperson Beach, are good  
>> for hunting for <br>fossilized shark's teeth. Venice has a Shark's  
>> Tooth Festival every <br>year. It used to be in August, but I think  
>> they hold it in October <br>now--after the snow birds start  
>> arriving.<br><br>If you're going to Captive, consider going to the  
>> Corkscrew Swamp <br>Preserve, which is between Fort Myers and Naples,  
>> east of I-75. Your <br>kids might get lucky and spot a panther. And  
>> did you see Edison House <br>in Fort Myers when you lived here?  
>> Interesting--house, laboratory, <br>gardens--and not
>> expensive.<br><br>There's Myakka State Park, which is east of  
>> Sarasota on the road to <br>Arcadia. I understand that Selby has  
>> installed a canopy "walk" there. I <br>get the idea the walk is open  
>> to the public, but I don't know for sure. <br>Anyway, there are  
>> airboat rides on a very large bulge in the river at <br>the  
>> park--guaranteed to let you see alligators in their natural habitat  
>> <br>up close and personal :)<br><br><br><br>On May 6, 2005, at 4:11  
>> AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> Jim: I am a AAA member and never go  
>> anywhere without their help...I'll<br>> give them a call today when I  
>> get home so I can the stuff I want and <br>> get<br>> some planning  
>> done. Thanks for the reminder. Sounds like we might be<br>> better  
>> off selecting a central location to camp at that is easily<br>>  
>> accessible to the places we really want to go to. Sanibel and  
>> Captiva<br>> Islands are definitely a priority as we've always  
>> regreted not visiting<br>> there when we lived in Daytona that one  
>> year.
>> Also, I hear there are<br>> places where you can swim with the  
>> manatees (Crystal River was one such<br>> place, I believe) and IMO,  
>> if this isn't harmful to the ecology or the<br>> species, this is a  
>> much better use of our $ than some of the more<br>> commercial  
>> tourist places like Disney, but we're still checking into<br>> that.  
>> What do you think of this idea? I'm seriously interested in what<br>>  
>> local persons think of this...is it bad for the manatees to be  
>> so<br>> exposed to humans? How does it impact their environment?  
>> TIA.<br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>> Hills, IA  zone 5<br>><br>><br>><br>>  
>>  --- On Thu 05/05, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net >  
>> wrote:<br>> From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>>  
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 08:01:11  
>> -0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/August in Florida<br>><br>>  
>> Well, you won't be cold. For August, the average high temperature is  
>> 90<br>> <br>[record is 97]; average low temperature is 76
>> [record is 68]; and<br>> there <br>is an average of 10 rainy days [6  
>> inches of rain]. These<br>> averages and <br>records are for Venice,  
>> but the rest of the state will<br>> be similar. So <br>don't forget  
>> the sunscreen and the<br>> sunglasses.<br><br>The Gulf beaches are  
>> delightful at that time of<br>> year--the water is <br>about 80  
>> degrees, quite like a spa. And there <br>> are<br>> lots of  
>> interesting <br>things to see and do. But the Florida Gulf <br>>  
>> coast<br>> is not like the <br>Pacific coast or the Atlantic coast.  
>> Much of the<br>> Gulf coast--especially <br>the stretch from Panacea  
>> to Crystal <br>> River--is<br>> salt march and not <br>accessible by  
>> auto except for a few isolated<br>> fishing camps.<br><br>You might  
>> want to spend some time with a map and<br>> AAA's Florida Tour  
>> <br>Book. If you're not a AAA member, let me know <br>> and<br>> I'll  
>> send you a copy. <br>The book is very good at describing points  
>> of<br>><br>> interest--parks, natural <br>phenomena, and
>> the like--as well as <br>> letting<br>> you know, by omission, that  
>> <br>there can be long stretches of some of<br>> these roads where  
>> even a gas <br>station is rare.<br><br><br>On May 5,<br>> 2005, at  
>> 5:04 AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> So, Jim...what is the weather<br>>  
>> usually like down there in Gulf Paradise<br>> say around middle  
>> of<br>> August? Now that we have a reliable means of<br>> transport,  
>> our trip<br>> south is definitely on. Now I know this might  
>> sound<br>> silly, but<br>> since none of us have ever seen much of  
>> the Gulf Coast, we<br>> are<br>> planning on a driving trip down the  
>> coast, stopping whenever and<br>><br>> wherever that takes our fancy.  
>> We did this a couple of years ago when<br>> <br>> we<br>> went to  
>> visit Tony in Washington...drove up the coast as<br>> far as we <br>>  
>> could<br>> in several hours, turned around and came <br>> back<br>>  
>> down the ocean highway,<br>> stopping whenever one of us would  
>> go<br>> "Ooh...look at that, let's stop!"<br>> We ended
>> up somewhere in Oregon <br>> a<br>> day<br>><br>> or so later. You  
>> get to see the<br>> best darned places in this country<br>> that  
>> way...just driving wherever...<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>><br>>  
>> Hills, IA zone 5<br>><br>><br>><br>> --- On Wed 05/04, james singer  
>> <<br>> islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:<br>> From: james singer  
>> [mailto:<br>> islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>> To:  
>> gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Wed, 04<br>> May 2005 15:14:53  
>> -0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/or<br>> not<br>><br>> 1-3/4  
>> inches so far.<br><br><br>On May 4, 2005, at 2:13<br>> PM, Pam  
>> Evans<br>> wrote:<br><br>> No foolin' Jim - that doesn't look <br>>  
>> so<br>> hot!!<br>> Hmmmm....<br>><br>> On 5/4/05, pdickson<br>>  
>> <pdickson@sbcglobal.net><br>> wrote:<br>>> take cover.....<br>>>  
>> -----<br>> Original Message -----<br>>><br>> From: "james  
>> singer"<br>> <islandjim1@verizon.net><br>>> To: "Garden  
>> Chat"<br>><br>> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 04,  
>> 2005 9:47<br>> AM<br>>><br>> Subject:
>> [CHAT] Nice day<br>>><br>>>> Just another nice<br>> day in<br>>  
>> paradise<br>>>><br>>>><br>><br>><br>><br>> the<br>message text  
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