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Re: Nice day/Florida vacation

That sounds like a plan. It opens at 10 AM every day of the week.

On May 24, 2005, at 4:58 AM, Melody wrote:

Jim: Sorry so late in replying...am way behind in the emails (almost 600
now!). Am still in the planning stage for the August vacation but those
Marie Selby gardens you are always talking about look like a great place
to visit and are in the right area. Maybe we could hook up there if I
can nail down a specific date we could be there?

Hills, IA zone 5

--- On Thu 05/12, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 08:04:50 -0400
Subject: Fwd: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida vacation

Melody, this was returned twice. Dunno why. Sorry
troops.<br><br><br>Begin forwarded message:<br><br>> From: james singer
<islandjim1@verizon.net><br>> Date: May 12, 2005 7:58:44 AM EDT<br>> To:
Melody@excite.com<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida
vacation<br>><br>> Let's do. I should be here. Can't tell about Ms.
Fatma. It will be the <br>> end of her vacation and she may choose to
spend it with her kids in <br>> New England.<br>><br>> Also, if you
decide to hunt for sharks' teeth, I can loan you a couple <br>> of
"Venice snowshovels" that will make finding them a whole lot <br>>
easier.<br>><br>> On May 10, 2005, at 7:08 AM, Melody
wrote:<br>><br>>><br>>> Jim: You are the best! And we've already decided
we don't care <br>>> enough about Disney to spend that crazy kind of
money on an amusement <br>>> park...we'd rather spend our money
elsewhere and see things just like <br>>> what you've described. Thanks
so much. Are you and Ms. Fatma going <br>>> to be

around the third week in August? Would love to hook up with <br>>> you
if possible...if not, we understand that,
too.<br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>> Melody<br>>><br>>> Hills, IA
zone 5<br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>> --- On Fri 05/06,
james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:<br>>><br>>> From: james
singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>>><br>>> To:
mhobertm@excite.com<br>>><br>>> Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 14:57:48
-0400<br>>><br>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/Florida
vacation<br>>><br>>><br>>><br>>> I think there is a
swim-with-the-manatees place in Crystal River. I <br>>> <br>haven't
heard anything about them, good or bad; Ms. Fatma's <br>>> daughter
<br>has a friend who came down from Boston just to do <br>>> that--and
they're <br>pretty Green sorts, so I figure it must be <br>>> benign.
Woman I used to work <br>with was boating in the Myakka river <br>>> one
day about a year ago and a <br>manatee came up right beside her <br>>>

She said she reached over and <br>patted it in the snout and it <br>>>
just swam away.<br><br>If you can resist all the Disney hype, I'd <br>>>
skip it. It's very <br>expensive--something like $55 per person per
<br>>> day--today just to get in. <br>Of course they've got a zillion
<br>>> "packages" to confuse the issue even <br>more. If you can't
resist <br>>> the hype, I would suggest talking with AAA <br>about it
before <br>>> deciding how much Disney you want. They got special
<br>rates on some <br>>> stuff, I think.<br><br>Mote Marine Lab in
Sarasota had a pair of <br>>> manatees last time I was <br>there. They
probably still do.<br>>> Can't swim with them, but it only costs <br>a
couple of bucks to get <br>>> in. Mote has a nice little aquarium with
<br>guided <br>>> tours.<br><br>I've got visitor passes to Selby
Botanical Garden I can <br>>> send you, but <br>if you're an AHS member,
your card will get you in <br>>> there, too [I <br>think]. If you're not

member and want to go, let <br>>> me know.<br><br>The beaches from
Nokomis [Casey Key] south to <br>>> Manasota Key, which <br>includes
Venice and Casperson Beach, are good <br>>> for hunting for
<br>fossilized shark's teeth. Venice has a Shark's <br>>> Tooth Festival
every <br>year. It used to be in August, but I think <br>>> they hold it
in October <br>now--after the snow birds start <br>>>
arriving.<br><br>If you're going to Captive, consider going to the
<br>>> Corkscrew Swamp <br>Preserve, which is between Fort Myers and
Naples, <br>>> east of I-75. Your <br>kids might get lucky and spot a
panther. And <br>>> did you see Edison House <br>in Fort Myers when you
lived here? <br>>> Interesting--house, laboratory, <br>gardens--and
not<br>>> expensive.<br><br>There's Myakka State Park, which is east of
<br>>> Sarasota on the road to <br>Arcadia. I understand that Selby has
<br>>> installed a canopy "walk" there. I <br>get the idea the walk is
open <br>>> to the

public, but I don't know for sure. <br>Anyway, there are <br>>> airboat
rides on a very large bulge in the river at <br>the <br>>>
park--guaranteed to let you see alligators in their natural habitat
<br>>> <br>up close and personal :)<br><br><br><br>On May 6, 2005, at
4:11 <br>>> AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> Jim: I am a AAA member and never
go <br>>> anywhere without their help...I'll<br>> give them a call today
when I <br>>> get home so I can the stuff I want and <br>> get<br>> some
planning <br>>> done. Thanks for the reminder. Sounds like we might
be<br>> better <br>>> off selecting a central location to camp at that
is easily<br>> <br>>> accessible to the places we really want to go to.
Sanibel and <br>>> Captiva<br>> Islands are definitely a priority as
we've always <br>>> regreted not visiting<br>> there when we lived in
Daytona that one <br>>> year.<br>>> Also, I hear there are<br>> places
where you can swim with the <br>>> manatees (Crystal River was one

such<br>> place, I believe) and IMO, <br>>> if this isn't harmful to the
ecology or the<br>> species, this is a <br>>> much better use of our $
than some of the more<br>> commercial <br>>> tourist places like Disney,
but we're still checking into<br>> that. <br>>> What do you think of
this idea? I'm seriously interested in what<br>> <br>>> local persons
think of this...is it bad for the manatees to be <br>>> so<br>> exposed
to humans? How does it impact their environment? <br>>>
TIA.<br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>> Hills, IA zone 5<br>><br>><br>><br>>
<br>>> --- On Thu 05/05, james singer < islandjim1@verizon.net > <br>>>
wrote:<br>> From: james singer [mailto: islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>>
<br>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 08:01:11
<br>>> -0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/August in
Florida<br>><br>> <br>>> Well, you won't be cold. For August, the
average high temperature is <br>>> 90<br>> <br>[record is 97]; average
low temperature is

76<br>>> [record is 68]; and<br>> there <br>is an average of 10 rainy
days [6 <br>>> inches of rain]. These<br>> averages and <br>records are
for Venice, <br>>> but the rest of the state will<br>> be similar. So
<br>don't forget <br>>> the sunscreen and the<br>>
sunglasses.<br><br>The Gulf beaches are <br>>> delightful at that time
of<br>> year--the water is <br>about 80 <br>>> degrees, quite like a
spa. And there <br>> are<br>> lots of <br>>> interesting <br>things to
see and do. But the Florida Gulf <br>> <br>>> coast<br>> is not like the
<br>Pacific coast or the Atlantic coast. <br>>> Much of the<br>> Gulf
coast--especially <br>the stretch from Panacea <br>>> to Crystal <br>>
River--is<br>> salt march and not <br>accessible by <br>>> auto except
for a few isolated<br>> fishing camps.<br><br>You might <br>>> want to
spend some time with a map and<br>> AAA's Florida Tour <br>>> <br>Book.
If you're not a AAA member, let me know <br>> and<br>> I'll <br>>> send

a copy. <br>The book is very good at describing points <br>>>
of<br>><br>> interest--parks, natural <br>phenomena, and<br>>> the
like--as well as <br>> letting<br>> you know, by omission, that <br>>>
<br>there can be long stretches of some of<br>> these roads where <br>>>
even a gas <br>station is rare.<br><br><br>On May 5,<br>> 2005, at
<br>>> 5:04 AM, Melody wrote:<br><br>> So, Jim...what is the
weather<br>> <br>>> usually like down there in Gulf Paradise<br>> say
around middle <br>>> of<br>> August? Now that we have a reliable means
of<br>> transport, <br>>> our trip<br>> south is definitely on. Now I
know this might <br>>> sound<br>> silly, but<br>> since none of us have
ever seen much of <br>>> the Gulf Coast, we<br>> are<br>> planning on a
driving trip down the <br>>> coast, stopping whenever and<br>><br>>
wherever that takes our fancy. <br>>> We did this a couple of years ago
when<br>> <br>> we<br>> went to <br>>> visit Tony in Washington...drove
up the

coast as<br>> far as we <br>> <br>>> could<br>> in several hours, turned
around and came <br>> back<br>> <br>>> down the ocean highway,<br>>
stopping whenever one of us would <br>>> go<br>> "Ooh...look at that,
let's stop!"<br>> We ended<br>>> up somewhere in Oregon <br>> a<br>>
day<br>><br>> or so later. You <br>>> get to see the<br>> best darned
places in this country<br>> that <br>>> way...just driving
wherever...<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody<br>><br>> <br>>> Hills, IA zone
5<br>><br>><br>><br>> --- On Wed 05/04, james singer <br>>> <<br>>
islandjim1@verizon.net > wrote:<br>> From: james singer <br>>>
[mailto:<br>> islandjim1@verizon.net]<br>> To: <br>>>
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Wed, 04<br>> May 2005 15:14:53 <br>>>
-0400<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Nice day/or<br>> not<br>><br>> 1-3/4
<br>>> inches so far.<br><br><br>On May 4, 2005, at 2:13<br>> PM, Pam
<br>>> Evans<br>> wrote:<br><br>> No foolin' Jim - that doesn't look
<br>> <br>>> so<br>> hot!!<br>>

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