We have had a wonderful week-long visit from our Chicagoland grandchildren and their parents. Yesterday we capped off their visit with a boating excursion in the waters around Marco Island, Florida. After we cleared the dock at The Isles of Capri Marina, we headed for some fishing in one of the the small bays behind the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands. Gracie is pointing out the route towards the south– the upside down map is not a mistake!
The weather was fabulous. We headed out for the fishing grounds, keeping an eye out for dolphins.
The girls helped Papi steer the pontoon boat.
Gracie caught the only fish of the day, an eel. She grasped it and exclaimed that it was “slimy and yucky” while her little sister was much more cautious.
We grounded our boat on a beautiful white sand beach opposite Little Marco Island.
On the way back we saw several dolphin. It was an exciting experience for the children.