Practical to Paradise - Walmart to Ft. Myers Beach
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
81Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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It was maintenance time - not for the campervan, but for us! Walmart itself (ie: grocery and general merchandise) is opened 24 hours. The other parts of it, open about 10.00ish. So we walked our 20 steps, or so, first thing and got the boys in for a much needed haircut. Harrison wasn't going to have one (he'd already had one at barbers in Toronto railway station), and he likes to have a little length to 'play with', however, as soon as he saw Brad and Trent getting a shampoo as well, he was in too - he wasn't going to miss out on the extra TLC. For $10 each, shampoo, cut and dry, it was as good a deal as you were going to get anywhere, and they did a great job.
While the boys were doing their thing, us ladies (me and Tara) went in for a pedicure. Now you have to remember, in 3 months I've not seen a beauty therapist, hairdresser, nail technician or anything close, so a little bit of 'spit and polish' my way, was much appreciated. Of course, Tara wanted to join me, and they do a special for kids, so that was great. However, when Greta saw that Tara got a special little flower painted on her big toenails, she of course wasn't going to be left out! So, for $5.00 they did some delicate artwork on princess Greta's toenails, and Gary could do little but roll his eyes. We all had a great time anyway.
While the family was going about their business, Gary went and did a last grocery shop, and got a couple of things we needed from the pharmacy etc., and stocked up on the wine - so cheap here, it's wonderful (both in price and taste). In fact, I have to say that is something that's really surprised us, is the price of the wine, it's obviously just the huge buying power in a country this size, and I have to say the quality has been great, if not fantastic. Some of favourite wines I've discovered, are only $4-$7 a bottle (in the large supermarkets) .- you cannot go wrong.
So all loaded up and ready to head to our next destinaiton. We'd phoned a RV site this morning that looked really nice, simple but right on the beach, and had some great reviews. Thankfully they had some space for us. Although there are hundreds of RV parks in Florida, there are so few directly on the beach - they've all been sold out to high rise apartment complexes. Also, winter in Florida (ie now) is very popular, (because the summer is just too hot), and it can be difficult to find space, so naturally we were delighted to find this rv park called Red Coconut RV Park, on the beach, and with space available for us, at short notice. A note for our fellow travellers - be warned, if sites are on the beach in Florida, they'll charge - because they can. The little plot of land is worth millions. Our $100 per night is the highest we've paid so far, but if we'd stayed at Disney, and not free at Walmart, we would have paid more than that, and we'd much prefer to spend those hard earned dollars enjoying beachfront, sunshine, and palm trees!
When we drove into the this little laid back beach town of Fort Myers, smelt the sea, saw the ocean waves and the locals on the scooters etc, it was such a 'welcome home' feeling. Relaxed, easy in their environment ......we'd only been here in 5 minutes, but how could we leave?