Al and I are traveling again to Captiva Island for 6 weeks of sun and sand on this beautiful island. This begins my daily diary/blog of our annual trip to Captiva Island on the west coast of Florida west of Ft. Meyers and Sanibel Island. I will be writing about our daily activities and adventures in Florida. Please join us as we enjoy our stay.
We left around 8:00 am this morning getting up early at 5:30. We had packed the car yesterday all except food for the trip and toiletries. The morning was cold but not as bad as last year when we had freezing rain for the first 4 hours of that trip. We traveled the same route (paid $6 in tolls) as last year driving on I77 South through West Virginia, Virginia, and the Carolinas with the first overnight stop in Rock Hill, SC. We did experience some slow down as we traveled through Charlotte NC and lost some time due to snail speeds. Our first leg of the drive was 485 miles and ended about 4:30 at Exit 82 with a right turn into Cherry Rd and a stop at the Quality Inn. We were more pleased with our accommodations this year as the motel has been completely renovated inside and out and furnished with all new furnishings. And the rate did not even increase. We stayed in Building 5, Room 170....great location and easy access. Even the complimentary breakfast was much improved over last year. We were not disappointed that we gave this place another try after last year's bad experience.
We had dinner at the Mexican restaurant next door, Senor Nacho's, same place as last year. We enjoyed very good Margaritas (but too big-do small ones if we come back) with warm Nachos and Salsa. Al ordered Grande Fajita Quesadilla-a big flour tortilla stuffed with chicken, melted cheese, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, served with lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. I had Enchiladas del Barrio-three enchiladas with chicken topped with sauce and parmesan cheese served with lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream. The sauce was very good and not too hot or spicy. Both dinners were very good and service was pleasant and friendly.
I was early to bed to rest for the second day of our journey. Al was a bit later turning in. Good start to our trip.