From the time I was 10 until I left for college, Ft. Myers, Florida, was home, and it is still where I say I’m from because I lived there the longest as a child. It is where I returned to visit parents, a brother and his family and to reconnect with some high school friends.
When I lived there, Ft. Myers was a sleepy town, but like most places in Florida, it has changed and now has more people, more traffic, more of everything. Even so, some remembered things are still there, and on this visit I wanted to take them in.
First stop was the Edison Home.
Thomas Edison wintered in Ft. Myers from 1887 until 1931. His good friend Henry Ford followed him there and purchased property right next door in 1916. Both homes now belong to the city and are open to the public.
Edison’s laboratory is a fascinating reminder of his many inventions
and is the site for much of his research and discovery. As I walked through the exhibits, I was once again awed by this man’s genius that led to the invention of the light bulb, motion pictures, phonograph and so many other things that to this day impact our lives.
After an early morning stop at the Edison Home, it was on to Sanibel, just off the coast of Ft. Myers. Without question, it is one of my favorite places and holds so many special memories of ferry rides, Sunday picnics, soft wind whispering through the pines and relentless mosquitos. Though Sanibel also has experienced considerable development, it still maintains its charm.
Sanibel’s beaches, renowned for shelling, are beautiful, but rather than spend time on them I chose to visit Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge which is habitat for birds, alligators and other critters.
It not only provides hiding places for the birds but is a popular place to cast a line. Asked what she was fishing for, the answer: Anything that bites! If memory serves me correctly, that is likely to be snapper, catfish or sheephead.
As much as I enjoyed the Edison Home and Sanibel, they were nothing compared to a piece of good as ever coconut cream pie from Hickory Bar-B-Q. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed, and I’m not sharing!
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