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Re: Nice day/Florida vacation


OK, I'll bite - Venice snowshovels??


On 5/12/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> 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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> >> Jim<br>Southwest Florida<br>27.0 N, 82.4 W<br>Hardiness Zone
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> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> > Hardiness Zone 10
> > Heat Zone 10
> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >
> >
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Kemp TX
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