On the way back from New Orleans we dropped down the West coast of Florida and spent a couple of days in Naples as some friends were also escaping the English winter and spending a month there. We enjoyed a spectacular sunset on our first evening as you can see above.
The next day there was a one day car show which is held annually to raise money for charity. It featured more than 650 cars and raised $1,030,000 for a charity which supports homeless people and those in need in the Southwest Florida area. It was a baking hot day and the crowds were intense with hardly anyone wearing a face mask 🙁 I surprised myself by quite enjoying the show, but I’m sure that was only because I had my camera and I enjoy photographing ‘details’. I was pleased to see an Aston Martin with the British bulldog and Union Jack flag sitting on the centre console 🙂 Not so keen on the purple Rolls Royce though!
After leaving Naples we headed back towards the East coast via Lake Okeechobee as we thought that it might be a nice place to stop. What a dead place that turned out to be! Nothing worth photographing except the scene below which caught my eye on a walk around part of the lake.
The Florida landscape is mostly flat and I find it very boring. However, I found a (small) waterfall and this was a pleasant stop, not far off our route.
Sunrise on my penultimate morning was chilly but worth getting up early for.
A final walk along the beach, and then time to return to 3 named storms in quick succession in England, one of which was the worst storm we’ve encountered for 32 years. I was glad that I’d arrived two days before it, as flights into London Heathrow were struggling to land, but I definitely asked myself why I’d returned in February 🙁