There is severe weather predicted in the afternoon so we took a morning drive to Sanibel Island to check out the lighthouse and drive the island to Captiva. The first encounter is a traffic cop that would be the envy of the ballet ones you see on TV.
We stopped at a Visitors Center for information. Rules: do not park anywhere without paying a $4.00 fee at a kiosk, you can take pictures of the lighthouse as you drive by or pay a fee (we did a drive by). They recommend leaving the island before 4:00PM, otherwise the traffic is terrible. After the lighthouse we drove back past the ballet cop and a 1/2 mile in bumper to bumper traffic we turned around, back past the cop and off the Island.
From Sanibel we headed to Fort Myers Beach, also an island with lots of traffic. The downtown area was right off the bridge, so we found a parking lot (with Kiosk) and walk around town. Found a outside Bar and Grill for lunch. Ordered the Cuban Sandwich since we were this close (HA!) Then went back across the bridge and back to the MH before it rained.
The last couple of days there have been Tornados along places we came through on the way here. Whew! We just got a steady rain all afternoon. Moving on South tomorrow.
Sidenote: Traffic in Fort Meyers is like a constant rush hour. The traffic lights are long and cause back-ups. The beach areas are so packed with traffic it takes the fun out of finding a spot and planning a long stay. The major traffic areas are backed up with long lines. We noticed on the local news that they are trying to do something about synchronizing lights to move traffic along. Then there are the snowbirds that are not in any hurry. Kind of like being home in the winter. Its the tropics instead of the desert.